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Styling Librarian #IMWAYR It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

Thanks to: TeachMentorTexts  and Unleashing Readers for the inspiration! Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the meme! Enjoying books week by week… I decided to spread out what I’m reading recently over a few weeks… so this isn’t everything but I’ve enjoyed them all!

Celebrated a poetry book on Saturday!

Grumbles from the Forest – Fairy Tale Voices with a Twist – Poems by Jane Yolen and Rebecca Kai Dotlich, illustrations by Matt Mahurin

Ranger in Time #2: Danger in Ancient Rome by Kate Messner – Historical Fiction/Adventure – Great follow up to the original story. Will share thoughts close to the release date – June 30th, 2015 – Goodreads Summary: “Ranger is a golden retriever who has been trained as a search-and-rescue dog. In this adventure, Ranger travels to the Colosseum in ancient Rome, where there are gladiator fights and wild animal hunts! Ranger befriends Marcus, a young boy Ranger saves from a runaway lion, and Quintus, a new volunteer gladiator who must prove himself in the arena. Can Ranger help Marcus and Quintus escape the brutal world of the Colosseum?”

The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart, audiobook read by Mandy Siegfried – Realistic Fiction – 9th grade and up – what a debacle this character gets into! I enjoyed this entertaining, humorous, and very honest book about a girl who makes quite a mess of her life and has some friends who also help make it a bit worse. Innocent and amusing storyline, enjoyed. Goodreads Summary: “Ruby Oliver is 15 and has a shrink. She knows it’s unusual, but give her a break—she’s had a rough 10 days. In the past 10 days she:
lost her boyfriend (#13 on the list),
lost her best friend (Kim),
lost all her other friends (Nora, Cricket),
did something suspicious with a boy (#10),
did something advanced with a boy (#15),
had an argument with a boy (#14),
drank her first beer (someone handed it to her),
got caught by her mom (ag!),
had a panic attack (scary),
lost a lacrosse game (she’s the goalie),
failed a math test (she’ll make it up),
hurt Meghan’s feelings (even though they aren’t really friends),
became a social outcast (no one to sit with at lunch)
and had graffiti written about her in the girls’ bathroom (who knows what was in the boys’!?!).

But don’t worry—Ruby lives to tell the tale. And make more lists.”

I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak – Audiobook – Realistic Fiction – High School – Oh what a brilliant book. I was completely lost in this story. LOVED the name of Ed Kennedy’s dog- the Doorman, how wonderful is that name? Really fascinating book with a character that I took a little while to connect with and appreciated. I loved reading about Ed’s changes to being more of a caring, thoughtful person who helps strangers, receives mysterious cards, and lives in a state of confusion and responsibility as he discovers what he is capable of. Loved every minute of this book.
Goodreads Summary: “protect the diamonds
survive the clubs
dig deep through the spades
feel the hearts

Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He’s pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.
That’s when the first ace arrives in the mail.
That’s when Ed becomes the messenger.
Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary) until only one question remains: Who’s behind Ed’s mission?”

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12 comments on “Styling Librarian #IMWAYR It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

  1. I can’t believe I haven’t read I Am the Messenger yet! Once I finish my original 52 TBR titles, I’ll be sure to include this!

    • The Styling Librarian
      January 19, 2015

      Glad I’m not alone… I was shocked I hadn’t read it… so many on the TBR pile!!!

  2. msyingling
    January 19, 2015

    I’m saving Ranger in Time: Rome for a reward when I’ve plowed through some other ARCs. Not often I get to brush up on my Latin teacher skills!

  3. Michele Knott
    January 19, 2015

    So jealous you got Ranger in Time already! I adored the first one, can’t wait to see #2.

  4. Linda Baie
    January 19, 2015

    I’ve had I Am The Messenger for a long time & still need to read it too-too many good books on the list! I know a few girls who would love The Boyfriend List-will look for it, Debbie. Thank you!

  5. Ricki Ginsberg
    January 19, 2015

    I haven’t read The Boyfriend List, but I have heard it is quite good! I was glad to read your review. I am embarrassed to say that I didn’t enjoy I am the Messenger. I also listened to it on audio, and I couldn’t get into it. I listened to the whole thing, bemoaning the fact that I wasn’t enjoying it and wanted to love it. I always get embarrassed when I don’t enjoy a book that everyone seems to love!

  6. Cheriee Weichel
    January 20, 2015

    After I finished reading The Book Thief, I went in search of more of Zusak’s work and discovered I Am the Messenger. I found it to be strange and compelling. I also enjoyed The Boyfriend List. Now I’m looking forward to getting my hands on Grumbles From the Forest.

  7. carriegelson
    January 20, 2015

    I really should read I am the Messenger. I keep hearing so many great things.

  8. Myra GB
    January 22, 2015

    I own a copy of I am the Messenger – but after reading The Book Thief, I am scared that it might not live up to my already-high expectations of Zusak. I’m sure at one point I’d get around to it. 🙂

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