Monday, December 30, 2013

It's Monday! What are you reading? 12-30-13

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

Woa. 2014 is almost upon us. Wasn't it just 2007? Like, how is it already almost 2014?

I had quite a productive final reading week of 2013. I finished 101 novel-length books and I am only a few picture books away from having 500 books total read for the year. I will make the 500 mark before midnight on January 1st. :)

Speaking of books I read in 2013, here is my list of favorites for the year.

Last week I reviewed:

Every Day After by Laura Golden
Recipe for Adventure: Paris! by Giada DeLaurentiis

I also finished reading:

Sold by Patricia McCormick
Sold is both beautiful and horrifying at the same time. Told in sparse prose, almost as if its a novel in verse, Lakshmi's story of being sold into prostitution at the age of 13 will haunt me for a long time. 

I finished listening to:

The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban
There were things I both liked and disliked about this book, but ultimately it was a satisfying listen. It kept me from being completely bored to tears while my husband and I painted our home office last week. :)

I'm currently reading:

Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan

I'm currently listening to:

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
Oh my goodness! I'm not that far into this but I'm already spellbound. Kirby Larson's writing is simply exquisite.

Current giveaway (ends tomorrow):

Pug Hill by Alison Pace

Other posts from last week:
Why you should travel/study/work abroad
Making a case for the Mockingjay soundtrack


  1. Best of luck with reaching 500! Giada's series is definitely one of those things I have to imagine myself as someone else so I can find something good to say about it when I try to sell it at our store.

    1. That is so true about Giada's book. For a kid that loves cooking and baking, maybe I'd recommend it, but the writing and the story was just awful.

  2. Congratulations on reaching your 2013 reading goal (almost!) I am sure you will be finished by the stroke of midnight! I really enjoyed seeing what books you had on your favorites of the year! I had a few of the same on mine. From your list this week, I am most interested in reading Hattie Big Sky and Every Day After. Thanks for your great posts and happy reading in 2014!

  3. Hattie Big Sky is a favorite of mine. Pug Hill looks too cute! One of my regrets is that I did not get to Every Day After this year. I still have it and plan to read it though. Happy New Year!

  4. Congratulations on reaching that huge goal-what a year you've had! I've heard Golden Boy is very good, but heartbreaking-definitely want to read it. I loved the Hattie books-so glad you're enjoying them! Happy New Year!

  5. I love that you will hit 500 picture books! Great reading there. How are you enjoying Golden Boy? It's in my TBR stack too.

    1. Thanks! :)

      I think I'm actually going to abandon GOLDEN BOY. It's just not speaking to me. I love the premise and the idea of the story but it's just not holding my interest.

  6. Oh I didn't realize that Giada had a book for children?! I will have to check it out. And I loved Hattie. Let me know what you think of Golden Boy.

    1. You will be vastly disappointed with Giada's books. Just sayin'

      As much as I love the premise and idea behind GOLDEN BOY, I'm just not connecting with it. I think I might end up abandoning it.

  7. Oh my goodness! Giada has a book for children? Awesome! I added lots to my TBR thanks to you. :o) Happy New Year!!!

  8. I'm still entering my 2013 reads into Goodreads--NO CLUE why I didn't keep up with it all year. I am hoping by tomorrow afternoon to know how many books I've read this year! I need to get my hands on Every Day After--I've read so many good reviews of it. Good luck getting to your 500!

  9. I know I have to read Kirby Larson's novels soon. I've been seeing Hattie for quite awhile now but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. SOLD created quite a bit of brouhaha during the Asian Festival of Children's Content a few years back here in Singapore. One speaker avidly recommended it while another felt it was not a fair portrayal of the Muslim youth experience. I know I'd have to read it to experience the book myself. Thanks for sharing all this.

  10. Isn't Hattie amazing? Loved both of the Hattie stories. Want to get them for my daughter. Are you liking Golden Boy? Cover is haunting.

  11. Oh man, Sold. That is a book I will never forget. The Queen of the Water is another similarly haunting book.
    Enjoy Hattie and I look forward to hearing about Golden Boy.

    Happy new year and happy reading!

  12. Well from your post I've learned that Giada DeLaurentiis writes children's books! I didn't know that! Thanks for sharing your reading and congrats on reaching your goal, Beth! Great job!