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Comments for What Are You Reading: June 06, 2011

What Are You Reading: June 06, 2011: 06/05/11

What Are You Reading?Summer school begins for me so my reading for fun will take second place to reading for homework.

I finished two review books, one new and one that's been sitting on my to be reviewed pile for ages. I have severely cut back on how many books I accept for review. Even though electronic galleys are convenient for the publisher or publicist, I have found that the experience of reading electronically tarnishes my over all reading experience. I have had a couple books that were just impossible to read either because the format didn't fit the medium or because the book didn't have chapter divisions or any easy way of tracking where I was in the book. I will probably pass on all the books I expressed interest in at Net Galley and in the future I won't accept any more ebooks. I don't have an e-reader and I'm just not set up to provide reviews of ebooks or galleys presented in electronic format.

Now that I'm nearly finished with Fullmetal Alchemist I'm having to put the final volumes on hold and wait my turn. I'm not the only one wanting to see how things turn out.

Most of my reading last week turned out to be wishlist books, either those I had purchased (like The Lost Hero) or picked up from the library. There were also a couple picture books that I read with my daughter: Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit by Il Sung Na which has some of the most beautiful illustrations I've seen and Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers, a book that would make a great Ardman animation.

Gave Up On:

  1. In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd (personal collection)

Finished Last Week:

  1. Blood Fruit by James E.M. Rasmussen (review copy)
  2. Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship by Cathie Beck (library book)
  3. Finders Keepers by Russ Colchamiro (review copy)
  4. Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 19 by Hiromu Arakawa (library book)
  5. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (personal collection)
  6. Rebecca's World by Terry Nation (library book)
  7. Slog's Dad by David Almond (library book)
  8. Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit by Il Sung Na (library book)
  9. Twin Spica, Volume: 04 by Kou Yaginuma (library book)
  10. Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers (library book)

Currently Reading:

  1. All Blacked Out and Nowhere to Go by Bucky Sinister (library book)
  2. The Arcanum by Thomas Wheeler (personal collection)
  3. Expletive Deleted by Ruth Wajnryb (personal collection)
  4. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (personal collection)
  5. Mio, My Son by Astrid Lindgren (library book)
  6. Navajo Made Easier: A Course in Conversational Navajo by Irvy W. Goossen (library book)
  7. The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan (personal collection)

Reviews Posted:

  1. A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle
  2. Hands of My Father by Myron Uhlberg (library book)
  3. Havana Mañana by Marjorie May and Consuelo Hermer (library book)
  4. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey (personal collection)
  5. The Night at the Museum by Milan Trenc (library book)
  6. Urgent 2nd Class by Nick Bantock (library book)
  7. West Coast Journeys by Caroline C. Leighten (personal collection)



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Comment #1: Monday, June, 6, 2011 at 06:30:18

Lisa's World of Books

Wow! You read so many books! How do you read so many in just one week?

Here is my week in review.



Comment #2: Monday, June 6, 2011 at 08:49:03

Pussreboots

Sometimes I just do.



Comment #3: Monday, June, 6, 2011 at 06:50:12

Kristian

While you guys there have Summer classes, we here in Philippines have regular classes which started just a while ago. Geez!Good for you. You are so diligent in reading those books, especially those from those in the library. I used to go to our school library too but now i think it would be harder with all the requirements my college requires. Just good for you. :)



Comment #4: Monday, June 6, 2011 at 08:51:05

Pussreboots

My elementary school was year round so it still sort of feels normal to be in school in June. If it weren't for my library I wouldn't be able to read the books I want to because I couldn't afford to buy them all.



Comment #5: Monday, June, 6, 2011 at 07:59:30

Uniflame

I looked up Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit. The cover looks really cute! ^_^



Comment #6: Monday, June 6, 2011 at 08:51:05

Pussreboots

The cover's artwork is just a small hint of the gorgeous illustrations inside. It's a lovely book.



Comment #7: Monday, June, 6, 2011 at 08:14:51

Laurel-Rain Snow

I don't like reading on the computer, so I don't accept galleys, either.

If the reading isn't fun for me, why do it?

Hope you enjoy your books, and thanks for visiting my blog.



Comment #8: Monday, June 6, 2011 at 08:58:21

Pussreboots

Sometimes I have to do the reading for school. But I don't keep going on "fun" books when they stop being fun.



Comment #9: Monday, June, 6, 2011 at 09:30:22

Helen Murdoch

I thought Hands of my Father was pretty interesting. Have a great week!



Comment #10: Monday, June 6, 2011 at 08:59:33

Pussreboots

Its a fascinating and well written memoir.



Comment #11: Monday, June, 6, 2011 at 09:45:54

Sheila (Bookjourney)

I need to read more Rick Riordin... I've seen him at BEA, had a book signed for my son. My son says he is incredible so I have best give him a try :)



Comment #12: Monday, June 6, 2011 at 09:00:34

Pussreboots

Listen to your son! His books are really fun.

Comment #13: Monday, June, 6, 2011 at 12:33:46

Whitney

Oh my, did I read that right? You're reading seven books at once? I'm a one book at a time girl, so I think that's very impressive.



Comment #14: Monday, June 6, 2011 at 12:50:23

Pussreboots

I've finished Mio My Son so that leaves six books going and one of those is a text book (the Navajo language book). I hope to finish the Bucky Sinister poetry collection today as it's short and very funny. Then I have Expletive Deleted in my upstairs bathroom and City of Bones in my downstairs bathroom. Arcanum is my just before bed book. Throne of Fire will become my main reading book once I finish the poetry collection. For me it's really no different than following a few TV series over the course of a season.



Comment #15: Monday, June, 6, 2011 at 13:36:41

Mandy

City of Bones is on my TBR too. I have been meaning to read it for such a long time!



Comment #16: Monday, June 6, 2011 at 13:03:33

Pussreboots

It's good so far.



Comment #17: Monday, June, 6, 2011 at 15:14:58

Melanie

It can be annoying to read e-books if you don't have an e-reader. When I didn't have one, I didn't review e-books. Now with my Kobo I find that I read more e-books than print books.

Have a great week!



Comment #18: Monday, June 6, 2011 at 13:04:51

Pussreboots

I'm not convinced that an ereader would make things any easier. It's certainly not an expense I can justify.



Comment #19: Monday, June, 6, 2011 at 15:15:32

Esme

I am so envious you can spend your summer reading. Lucky you.



Comment #20: Monday, June 6, 2011 at 13:06:51

Pussreboots

Actually I can't. I'm in summer school.



Comment #21: Monday, June, 6, 2011 at 15:37:17

Aths

You had a great reading week! I hope you have a good week ahead!



Comment #22: Monday, June 6, 2011 at 13:07:53

Pussreboots

I don't know how it will turn out now that summer session has started.



Comment #23: Monday, June, 6, 2011 at 16:36:06

Leeswammes (Judith)

I agree, it's almost impossible to read ebooks if you don't have an e-reader. I sometimes fall for those beautiful ARCs on Netgalley, but it's a struggle to get them read on time.

Have a good time at summerschool!



Comment #24: Monday, June 6, 2011 at 19:43:03

Pussreboots

I don't think an ereader would help me get the egalleys read any faster. The truth of the matter is that reviewing ARCs is probably my least favorite part of blogging.



Comment #25: Monday, June, 6, 2011 at 17:48:59

Jennifer

Wow you had a brilliant week! Have a wonderful week and enjoy your reading.



Comment #26: Monday, June 6, 2011 at 19:46:14

Pussreboots

It was also one of my slowest in weeks.



Comment #27: Monday, June, 6, 2011 at 19:31:20

Maria @ Bookchilla

wow, fullmetal alchemist! enjoy city of bones :) i have yet to read the throne of fire.



Comment #28: Monday, June 6, 2011 at 19:47:33

Pussreboots

FMA is probably the best manga I've ever read. City of Bones is fun so far. So is Throne of Fire.



Comment #29: Monday, June, 6, 2011 at 19:47:03

Crystal (I Totally Paused!)

It took me a little while to really enjoy ebooks, but I got a Kindle for Christmas and I do like the convenience of it. I haven't traveled with it yet, but I'm really looking forward to the ease of it!



Comment #30: Monday, June 6, 2011 at 19:48:34

Pussreboots

I'd probably use an ereader as often as I use my cellphone (which is hardly ever).



Comment #31: Monday, June, 6, 2011 at 20:29:01

Under The Covers

You've been a busy busy reading bee! Thanks for stopping by our blog!



Comment #32: Monday, June 6, 2011 at 19:50:02

Pussreboots

It was actually a very slow week compared to when I was in the middle of my school projects.



Comment #33: Monday, June, 6, 2011 at 21:48:41

Audrey (Bibliosaurus Text)

I feel like I've missed the boat on CoB, but it's nice to see somebody else just starting. I'll have to read your review when you're done to motivate myself to pick it up. Have a great week!



Comment #34: Monday, June 6, 2011 at 19:51:35

Pussreboots

City of Bones will still be there when / if you decide to read it. It's fun and pretty quick to read.



Comment #35: Monday, June, 6, 2011 at 23:09:24

Yvonne

What a great list of books! Have fun reading them!



Comment #36: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 16:29:30

Pussreboots

Thank you. I will when I'm not reading for school!



Comment #37: Monday, June, 6, 2011 at 23:24:56

The1stdaughter (Danielle)

Oh! I hope you love The City of Bones! It's probably my favorite in the series.

Thanks so much for stopping by earlier and for the audiobook recs! I'm going to be looking up some Gaiman audio then, I've got a few of his I've wanted to read so that will be perfect. :)



Comment #38: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 16:31:32

Pussreboots

I am enjoying City of Bones. I'm on page 130. The two Gaiman audios I've listened to are The Graveyard Book and Stardust.



Comment #39: Tuesday, June, 7, 2011 at 02:17:48

Tracy

Wow, you read such a lot last week. I get confused if I read too many books at once. I know what you mean about the library, it definitely helps us to read as much as we want to.



Comment #40: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 16:34:21

Pussreboots

I don't see reading multiple books as being any different than following multiple television series.



Comment #41: Tuesday, June, 7, 2011 at 04:24:51

Kaity

I hope you're enjoying The Throne of Fire! I almost just bought that. It was 8$, I believe, in a Scholastic book order and I was so excited about that price. However, the teacher forgot to send in the order and ended up just giving the money/forms back to students.



Comment #42: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 16:35:42

Pussreboots

We also made a Scholastic order but the teacher never put it through. Instead the schools seem to be going for the book fairs but those are always such a crowded nightmare.

Throne of Fire is good so far but I've only read the first couple chapters.