Welcome to another Sunday confessions. If you have been to my blog before you might notice the changes. I’ve been busy working on making it look better. Still not totally happy yet, but it is getting better. Hope you all like the changes too.
I have been falling into my summer non-schedule lately. Because my school year is so regimented with my work schedule, I often fall into a summer funk where I don’t get anything done in a timely manner. I sometimes forget what day of the week it is or what time it is for that matter. So if my post are a little erratic this summer I hope you will understand.
I have had lots of bookish thoughts this week. Some have come from my internet searches for other things and others come from e-mails I get from publishers and authors.
First, because of the Top 5 Wednesday post last week I have been thinking a lot about books I read as a child. What surfaced was the very first audiobook I remember listening to. I have a very clear memory from when I was around five years old of coloring or playing with my dolls while listening to Maurice Evans reading the Winnie the Pooh stories. Now I will admit that I didn’t remember his name, but I can still hear his voice reading the story. Of course this was way back in the day of records and record players, but I was able to track down a copy of the recording on the internet. If you look hard enough you can find almost anything on the internet. So if you are interested in listening here is the link to the audio. If you have a young one at home or in your family at all I highly recommend downloading it and playing it for them. It definitely has withstood the test of time, although the quality is like listening to a record, so you may need to explain the scratching noises in the background. I remember looking for it twenty years ago when my son was little, but the internet wasn’t was it is today so I didn’t have any luck. I am so thrilled that I have finally found a copy that I can keep.
Other news in children’s books. Have you heard that there will be a new Maurice Sendak book published? He wrote it a long time ago with Arthur Yorinks and he fully illustrated it too. Here is an article telling the story about how it was found and how it came about to be written. I am so looking forward to reading it when it comes out. The title is Presto and Zesto in Limboland and it sounds wonderful. I also found out that Sendak lived in Connecticut. So many authors lived there and I never realized.
Finally, Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre have written a book together! It will be out next February and it sounds fabulous. I really like both of these authors works so it will be exciting to see what they can come up with together. It is a science fiction set far into the future. You can go here to read about it on Rachel’s website. And check out this cover isn’t it gorgeous? Rachel also has an adult book that came out July 1st, called Stillhouse Lake. It is a thriller, which I always enjoy so I may have to check that one out as well. And finally her last book in The Great Library series, Ash and Quill came out this week. Wow, she has been a busy author hasn’t she? I have only read the Great Library series by her, but I definitely will be looking at her other books in the future.
During the summer I also revert to my more natural state of a night owl. Usually it means that I’m up till all hours reading. Even though this is my more natural for me, I try to curb it during the school year when I am working. By the time this posts I will be done with Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab. I have enjoyed this dark duology and will be sad when it is over. So here is what I will read next. I’m only going to list three but I will probably get more than that done.
Bad Girl Gone by Temple Mathews is my NetGalley read for the week. It is a supernatural mystery thriller and sounds really good.
Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout is my library read of the week. It is the first in a series. I was approved on NetGalley to read the second book, but I realized that I hadn’t read the first recently. It is a science fiction thriller. Hmm I sense a theme here.
Horde: Razorland 3 by Ann Aguirre. This is the third book in this awesome series and will be my audiobook for the week. The second book has been amazing and I can’t wait to see where Fade, Duece, Stalker and Tegan go from here.
I will be doing four reviews this week and then the Top 5 on Wednesday.
Monday: Dead Girl’s Society. This is a hold over from last year on my NetGalley shelf. For whatever reason I didn’t get it read last year. I have 5 more of those to go. It was a good read though it pushed the boundary of reality a little bit.
Tween Tuesday: Mastermind series. This is a trilogy and I will talk about it as a whole series. It is a fast paced middle grade adventure book told by mastermind himself Gordon Korman.
Top 5 Wednesday: This week’s topic is books set in a non-western world, in other words not US or Europe. This one was a little bit tough for me but I think I have found five books to talk about. I’m really looking forward to seeing what others come up with.
Thursday: When I am Through With You. A haunting story about a group of teens camping in the wilderness. I could not put it down, nor can I can stop thinking about it.
Audiobook Friday: Outpost: Razorland #2. The group has found a safe haven, but the Freaks are getting more organized. Not as fast paced as the first, but still a riveting listen.
Well that is all of my confessions for this week. I hope you all have a fabulous week of reading.