I had a nice busy weekend during which I managed to once again NOT finish painting my bathroom and NOT start my spring yard clean-up. That is all going to have to wait until I return from visiting my sister and brand new nephew in Montana! Only 2 more sleeps! I also didn’t get much reading done either, but I did spend a lot of time with my nephews. Yesterday at the zoo I learned this interesting fact about elephants: they sleep on their sides, but only for about an hour at a time. I also learned that Willy, our zoo’s only male elephant is 11 feet tall and weights 13,000 lbs! Despite being social animals, he can only stand the company of the zoo’s four cows for a few hours at a time. My brother said he could relate, having grown up with 6 sisters!
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Book Journey (she is on a blogging break right now) and Teach Mentor Texts.
- The Motherless Oven by Rob Davis-♥♥♥. I am not really sure that I have words for this one. It’s quite possibly the weirdest graphic novel that I have ever read (and I am in love with Saga by Brian Vaughan. Talk about weird). This one can’t be found in our collection. I borrowed it through our Interlibrary Loan system.
- Mission Flats by William Landay-♥♥♥. When a well-known Boston D.A. is found dead in a cabin in a small town in Maine, the local police chief heads to the city to investigate. He is immediately immersed in a world of drugs, secrets, and conspiracies that span 20 years. This is the first book from the author of Defending Jacob. A twisty-turny police thriller with a surprise ending!
- Lockwood & Co: the Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud-♥♥♥♥. The paranormal investigators of Lockwood & Co. have returned for another dangerous job! Competing against their rivals, the Fittes Agency, Anthony, Lucy and George must find locate a deadly relic created by a Victorian doctor who was obsessed with communicating with the dead. The team receives help from an unusual source: a skull in a ghost jar. This second installment of the series is loads of fun! Creepy and suspenseful. Readers will get lost in the imaginative alternate reality.
- The Lost City of Z by David Grann. Time for some nonfiction!
- The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz. I rarely reread, but I had an urge to revisit the Spellmans!
- Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers. I am really taking my time with this one…
- The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender. More ghosts!
For My Eyes:
I spent a lot of time with my nephews this weekend and we managed to watch both Big Hero 6 (which we loved!) and Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (which the boys really liked!). I also made more progress in Battlestar Galactica season 2.5. After a brief and frustrating bout of insomnia, I turned to the familiar first season of Supernatural.
Undisclosed is a new podcast the examines the case of Adnan Syed. I devoured Serial and was excited to discover this new podcast.
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
April 2, 2013
Hardcover, 387 pgs
What it’s about:
During the height of the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic, sixteen-year old Mary Shelley Black is sent to San Diego to live with her aunt after her father is arrested for helping young men dodge the draft. Despite the ever-present fear of the flu and war, Mary Shelley is eager to reunite with her childhood friend, Stephen. When she learns that Stephen’s brother has made a name for himself among the Spiritualists by claiming to photograph the spirits of the dead, she is determined to prove him a fraud. Her plans are derailed when she herself is visited by an unsettled spirit.
Why you might like it:
The terror of death, disease, and war are palpable in this chilling debut. Haunting photographs from the era make the horror come alive. This is a must-read for fans of historical fiction, the paranormal, and spooky ghost stories!
Want more like this?
Try The Diviners by Libba Bray, Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey, The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, and The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore.
I am pretty sure at one time or another many of us have wished we could live at Hogwarts (or in a little house on a prairie if you’re like me), but how often do we think about places we would not want to live? Well, that is exactly what The Broke and the Bookish want to know!
1. Chicago of the future! Bad, bad things are happening here. No thanks!
2. Any place that Michael Grant makes up. Seriously. Whether it’s in a dome with a bunch of psychos or out in the real world with nano technology scurrying around in my brain, his worlds are not for me.
3. Post-super-volcano USA. Thank you Mike Mullin for scare. And thanks to the scientists who recently confirmed that this could some day be a reality. It’s a wonder I sleep at night!
4. Prentisstown. Nope. No way. That place is run by a lunatic, and things don’t go well for the ladies when he is around.
5. During the Flu pandemic. 1918 was not a good year! War, flu…nope. I want none of that.
6. In the Belly of the Bloodhound! I remember learning about slave ships in school. I can’t even begin to imagine the horror. I do love Jacky Faber, though.
7. The Dust Lands. The name alone is uninviting. I hate the heat. Give me snow days any time.
8. Any virtual reality world. I haven’t come across one yet that is all fun and games. Something very horrible always happens.
9. Puritan times. I am really, I might be drowned as a witch! It didn’t take much in those days…Those folks were no joke.
10. Any place haunted. I think this is pretty self explanatory
diviners, anna dressed in blood…
Posted in Book Lists, Top Ten Tuesdays
Tagged Brandon Sanderson, Cat Winters, ghosts, L.A. Meyer, Libba Bray, Michael Grant, Mike Mullin, Moira Young, Patrick Ness, Top Ten Tuesday, Veronica Roth
This week, The Broke and the Bookish are asking about all the fun things we want to read about or things we want authors to write about. These things can be a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a time period, a certain plot, etc. A number of things jump to mind…and make me pause and think hmmm, what does this say about me?
1. Serial Killers-Lucky me, there are a few new serial killer books coming out this year!
2. Oz retellings-And more Oz books! I love the world of Oz and can’t wait for the new Dorothy books coming out. Below is the only one with a cover image right now. Still waiting on Prophecy of Oz by Megan Shan to get a cover.
3. Male point of view-I feel like I read so many books with awesome heroines. Male POV is always a welcome change of pace for me.
4. Road trips-My favs!
5. Time travel-I am way behind on my time travel books!
6. Ghosts-Even though I am a big baby, I do love a good ghost story! I just finished this one and I really need The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson!
7. Misfits-I love a story with quirky characters who haven’t yet discovered their place in the world. Because, let’s be honest. Who hasn’t felt out-of-place and unsure of themselves at some point? Current misfit read:
8. Con artists-I want more books like How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller and The Curse Workers by Holly Black!
9. Aliens-there is such a wide range of alien fare out there. So far I have been enjoying these:
10. Sassy heroines-A sure-fire way to get me interested in a book is to describe the heroine as smart, sassy, or snarky. I do love a mouthy leading lady!
What are your go-to topics/characters/settings?
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
Random House Children’s Books
June 18, 2013
Jeremy Johnson Johnson lives with his father in the back of the family bookstore in the sleepy little town of Never Better, USA. After Jeremy’s mother ran off, his father became a recluse, often refusing to leave even leave his bed. It’s not as if the bookstore needs his help. The only book on the shelves is Jeremy’s grandfather’s two-volume autobiography. All this is strange enough, but the real reason the towns people shun Jeremy is because he once admitted to hearing voices. Actually, just one voice. Jeremy’s best friend is the ghost of Jacob Grimm. As in one half of the fairy tale-telling Brothers Grimm. Jacob is trapped between worlds and while he tries to figure out how to move on, he has declared himself Jeremy’s protector. When Jeremy catches the attention of the vivacious and charismatic Ginger, a shocking series of events is set in to motion and Jacob may be helpless to save his friend.
From start to finish, Far Far Away is a modern fairy tale in true Grimm fashion. It is magical and horrifying and is guaranteed to enchant the patient reader. There is something for everyone in this book-quirky characters, suspense, mystery, charming romance, and a pinch of totally creepy. The stories within the story are just an extra bonus. It may take some work selling this to teens, but I think it is totally worth the effort.
Readalikes: The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab, The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and Doll Bones by Holly Black
An e-galley of this book was provided by the publisher and NetGalley.com for review.
Happy Monday! It’s an exciting day here at the library. It’s Summer Reading Time. Summer reading combines all of my favorite things: lists (come in and add your name to the sign up list), books (fill out a slip for each book you read. Each slip is a chance to win an awesome prize), and prizes (you get a gift for signing up and each week I will randomly draw a winner for a fabulous basket full of goodies!). I also get to spend the next 8 weeks obsessing over numbers and stats. I don’t like to do much math, but I do love some stats. Here are the numbers I will obsess over this summer: 106 and 540. Last year 106 teens read 540 books. Can the teens beat that? I think so!
As I was compiling my list of books read last week I noticed an unintended pattern. I read a lot of books about ghosts! Be sure to visit Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for more It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
I LOVED both of these books. Doll Bones by Holly Black is the story Zach, Poppy, and Alice, three 12-year-olds who are best friends. They have spent years playing a complex imaginary game, but things change when Zach suddenly quits, claiming they are too old to play make-believe. One night the girls come to Zach with the story of a haunted doll, an unsolved murder, and a ghost that needs being put to rest. It doesn’t take much to convince Zach to join their quest. For me, this book was more about growing up than about ghosts and I truly loved it. Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore, is the second book in the Goodnight Family series (The first is Texas Gothic). I could not put this one down! The start of the book is Daisy Goodnight. In addition to be brilliant, she can also communicate with ghosts. While freelancing on a case for the FBI Daisy is kidnapped by the mob and drawn into a ghostly world of mobsters, magic, and secret societies. I liked this one even better than the first! It’s as if Maureen Johnson’s Shades of London series had a baby with Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles.
More ghosts! Far Far Away by Tom McNeal features the ghost of Jacob Grimm. He is much nicer than the vengeful ghost in As Dead As It Gets by Katie Alender. Two different ghosts, two awesome books. And I couldn’t resist another Stephanie Plum. So far no ghosts in this one.
I am still working on In Darkness by Nick Lake and Mrs.Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini. I am almost finished with In Darkness. You know, I almost quit on this one. The violence is so horrifically graphic, but I fast forwarded through the gruesome bits and discovered that the story is absolutely riveting. At the half-way point in Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, things have started to pick up. Still not a favorite, but I am interested.
I think a sweet summer romance and a fun graphic novel will be just what I need after all my ghost stories!