January 18, 2010

Monday Reading Merriment Jan 18

This is a weekly meme inspired by one started by J. Kaye's Book Blog. Each week on Monday we tell what we read the previous week and what we plan to read in the upcoming week. I like to put a spin on it to also look at various other reading events happening this week.

Last week I finished The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.  Look for my review on Tween Tuesday. (a hint: I'm looking for book 2)

Reading this week:
After hearing from tons of great things about it I'll be starting Lookin for Alaska by John Green.  Here's the summary from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Miles Halter's adolescence has been one long nonevent - no challenge, no girls, no mischief, and no real friends. Seeking what Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps," he leaves Florida for a boarding school in Birmingham, AL. His roommate, Chip, is a dirt-poor genius scholarship student with a Napoleon complex who lives to one-up the school's rich preppies. Chip's best friend is Alaska Young, with whom Miles and every other male in her orbit falls instantly in love. She is literate, articulate, and beautiful, and she exhibits a reckless combination of adventurous and self-destructive behavior. She and Chip teach Miles to drink, smoke, and plot elaborate pranks. Alaska's story unfolds in all-night bull sessions, and the depth of her unhappiness becomes obvious.

Hopefully I'll like it as much as everyone else!

Coming out this week:

Since I'm loving zombie books more and more I have to feature Undead Much by Stacey Jay being released on the 21st.  It is a sequel to You're so Undead to Me

I've been looking at and reading zombie books so much that I actually had a very "Forest of Hands and Teeth" dream! Kinda freaky!!!!!!

Contest to enter:
I Want to Read That reached 100+ followers and is having a great contest.  The winner gets:
The winner of the contest will have £30 to spend on a shopping spree

Isn't that great?!?  Go here to get all the details and to enter. 


  1. I just love Percy Jackson. I am so looking forward to seeing how Camp Half Blood looks in the film.

  2. I loved The Lightening Thief! I'm looking forward to the movie, and I need to go pick up book 2.

  3. I hope you like Looking for Alaska -- it is one of my favorite young adult reads, although it's certainly more of a high school book than middle school. I also loved Paper Towns by him -- I listened to the audiobook (John Green was the narrator) and it was a great summertime "read" for me.

  4. I have the entire Lightning Thief series on my shelves. I had one student who liked it so much and horded it for so long I had to go out and buy a second set for the other students to read.

  5. John Green is amazing. I hope you love Alaska as much as my students and I do!