Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Great Books for Kids and Teens is Moving!

You can now find the content from Great Books for Kids and Teens on my other book blog, Book By Book.

I have spent a lot of time thinking about this and decided to merge my two book blogs into one. You will still find the same reviews of great books for middle-grade readers, teens, and young adults, as well as YA book news and other fun stuff - that content will just be located at Book By Book, along with reviews of great adult books, too!

In fact, eliminating the duplicate work I have been doing to maintain two book blogs will allow me more time to provide even more content on books for all ages.

And don't worry - Great Books for Kids and Teens won't be disappearing. All the hundreds of archived reviews of books for middle-grade, teen, and YA readers will still be found right here. You can use the keyword search box or click on a category in the right-hand column to search for particular reviews. All new reviews will be posted at Book By Book, where you can find both kid/teen/YA and adult book reviews and news all in one place!

So, hop on over to Book By Book and click the link to follow it so you wont miss a single review! You can also follow Book By Book on Facebook. See you there!

Monday, May 5, 2014

It's Monday 5/5! What Are You Reading?

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I really can't believe it is May already...April went by in a flash!

I spent a lovely, relaxing weekend at the beach with my two closest friends. We went kayaking out on a quiet, peaceful creek, walked on the beach, played games, and talked and laughed nonstop!

So, I am feeling refreshed and rejuvenated this morning, ready to start a new week! Here's what my family and I have been reading this past week:
  • I am almost finished with The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, book 2 of the Raven Boys series. It's been wonderful, just as good as the first book, and I should finish it today.
  • I am also almost finished with Time Management from the Inside Out by Julie Morganstern. This one has taken me a long time to get through because partway through I decided to return the library's copy and get my own copy and then I reread parts of it. I have also been implementing some of her advice as I read. Last week, I did her Quick Sort to get rid of all the paper piles on my kitchen counter, and it worked wonderfully!
  • My husband, Ken, is reading The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Potzsch on his Kindle. It's a thriller set in Germany in 1660.
  • Jamie, 19, is reading The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, one of the new purchases he made with a gift card last week that he's very excited to read! It's a medieval fantasy with "the suspense and wit of a crime caper," pretty much combining all of my son's favorite things.
  • Craig, 16, finished MacBeth for his Brit Lit class (and did very well on the exam for it!). Unfortunately, his teacher ran out of time and is going to have to skip their last planned book, Frankenstein. I told my son I was sorry he wouldn't get to read that one, but he said, "That's OK - MacBeth was actually pretty good." Music to my ears from my son who normally claims he doesn't like reading!
I was able to catch up on some reviews last week:

Review of The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, a modern classic.

Review of The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick, which I loved!

Review of The Carpet People, written by famed author Terry Pratchett when he was just 17.

What are you and your family reading this week?    

What Are You Reading Monday is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, with a kid/teen version hosted by Unleashing Readers.