Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday - Prodigy by Marie Lu

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where you highlight one book that you can't wait to hit the bookshelves!

I can't wait for the sequel to Legend, called Prodigy by Marie Lu! It hits shelves on January 29th, 2013!

Legend (from What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Prodigy (from June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—-June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long.

But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengence, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?

Monday, October 15, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. I heard about it from the Teach Mentor Texts blog, which puts a "Picture Books to YA" twist on it. I like to post my MG/YA, adult, and professional reads here!

Last Week I Dived Into...
I finally finished East of Eden!! What an amazing story. I do not recommend choosing it for your book club's September pick when all the members are teachers. Next September, I'm sure we will enjoying a much lighter read. It is a testament to the power of this book that I stuck with it in the busiest month of the school year. Even though I could barely eek out a couple of pages each night before zonking out, what I did get to read was captivating. Loved it.

I also finished How Full is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life (Educators Edition) by Tom Rath on the recommendation of a coworker as a possible practice to start using at school.

Lastly, I finished Drama by Raina Telgemeier. Loved it! Like Smile, Telgemeier will have you laughing about the awkward years of teen relationships. A great read.

This Week I'm Diving Into...

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry. I'm a huge fan of THE WALKING DEAD series on AMC, and to celebrate the season premiere, I picked this up from the local library. Set in a zombie-infested U.S., where most of America is known as "Rot and Ruin," Benny joins his famous zombie-fighting brother and learns what is out there.
I'm also reading an adult book called Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo. The murder of an Amish family hits home with ex-Amish police chief Kate Burkholder. It's definitely an intense read.

Professionally, I am reading Everyday Editing by Jeff Anderson for my own professional growth. I am also reading With Rigor for All by Carol Jago for an online book study group through my school district. They are both great reads!


Happy Reading!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday - Requiem

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where you highlight one book that you can't wait to hit the bookshelves!

I can't wait for the third book in the Delirium trilogy, Requiem, to hit shelves on March 5th!