Monday, May 14, 2012

It's Monday! What are You Reading? 5-14-12

Originally hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, Jen and Kellee over at Teach Mentor Texts host a kidlit version of It's Monday! What are You Reading?

First, check out all the rockin' books I got at the used bookstore this week:

In addition, I'm rather proud of the awesome gift I assembled for both my mom and my mother-in-law for Mother's Day (though I probably shouldn't be talking about it here since I haven't been able to give my MIL her gift yet). Both The Fault in Our Stars and Wonder have been my favorite books  of 2012 and starting with their sparse, blue covers, I've noticed a few similarities in these books: their ratings on Goodreads were only 0.01 points apart for a while. Now they're almost 0.2 points apart. Their audiobooks also have the same narrator: Kate Rudd (she is one of the three narrators in the Wonder audiobook). Anyway, using Wonder and TFIOS as inspiration, I decided to assemble and all-blue gift basket. It's nothing fancy, but I personally have to pat myself on the back for my creativity:

What I'm currently listening to:
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

What I'm currently reading:
Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

What I read last week:
Frankenstein Takes the Cake by Adam Rex
Guess Again by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex

 What I listened to last week:
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

What I reviewed last week:

The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook by Emily Ansara Baines


  1. I love your gift basket! Beautiful!

    Here's my
    It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
    Hope you'll stop by!

  2. I would love that gift basket! You got some great books at the book sale! Have a great reading week.

  3. I LOVE book sales!!!! How exciting! I would have done that much shopping too :)

  4. Great gift baskets - Lady Grey Tea is one of my favorites! And what a great haul from the used bookstore! I love used bookstores.

    Have a great week!
    Kristin @ Always With a Book

  5. So impressed with your basket! What a great idea! You sure got some fabulous books at the used bookstore. I thought The Witch of Blackbird Pond was a great audiobook. Hope you enjoy it as well! Bright Young Things intrigues me, but I was crazy about the Luxe so I haven't picked it up yet. I'll be interested to hear what you think.

  6. Like everyone else, I'm impressed with the gift basket - lucky relatives! I was so thrilled to see "Danny, Champion of the World" in your book pile - LOVE that book!

  7. The Watson's Go To Birmingham is such an emotional read. The ending gets me every time, and I've read it 3-4 times now!

    And LOVE the gift basket idea! Beautiful and creative.

  8. I went to the used bookstore this weekend as well! I'll be posting my pic tomorrow :)

    How is the audio of Wonder? I'm finishing FIRE this week.

  9. What a great idea for your mom and mother-in-law! And you sort of got a gift too in that great haul from the bookstore. :)
    Happy Reading!

  10. I'm totally jealous of your blue-themed gift basket! I love it! I love both The Fault In Our Stars and Wonder. Both amazing books. Guess Again looks cute, too. I have Mac Barnett on my radar now and want to read more of his books. Also, you totally got a great bookstack from your used bookstore! Awesome books. :)

  11. One of my favorite childhood books was "Witch of blackbird pond" :) A Great, GREAT story!

    Happy reading this week!
    What are YOU reading??

  12. Great gift baskets! How clever!
    You picked up a great stack at the bookstore. Of those, I think Milkweed is one I want to take a look at.

    Thanks for all the great titles!

  13. I love your blog! I am a new follower. That pile of books looks great!

    I am reading the Bright Young Things series as well. The 20s are my favorite era in history!

  14. Nice haul of books! Hope you enjoy your reading week!