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Monday, December 10, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


This weekly meme is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.


I'm reading: 

Something from my dusty bookshelf. It's a memoir and also an Oprah Book Club pick, and during the past few years I've developed a real fascination with WWII and Auschwitz survival stories.


TITLE: Night
AUTHOR: Elie WieselMarion Wiesel (translator), and François Mauriac (forward)
PUBLISHER: Hill & Wang
PUBLICATION DATE: January 16, 2006 (first published 1958)
FORMAT: Paperback, First Edition of this translation
LENGTH: 120 pages
GENRE: Classics, Nonfiction, History, Autobiography/Memoir
ISBN: 9780374500016
Born in the town of Sighet, Transylvania, Elie Wiesel was a teenager when he and his family were taken from their home in 1944 to Auschwitz concentration camp, and then to Buchenwald. Night is the terrifying record of Elie Wiesel's memories of the death of his family, the death of his own innocence, and his despair as a deeply observant Jew confronting the absolute evil of man. This new translation by his wife and most frequent translator, Marion Wiesel, corrects important details and presents the most accurate rendering in English of Elie Wiesel's testimony to what happened in the camps and of his unforgettable message that this horror must never be allowed to happen again.

Something from the library. I have the regular edition sitting on my dusty bookshelf, but I wanted to read this new edition which I started during Banned Books Week.

AUTHOR: Anne Frank
PUBLISHER: Anchor Books
PUBLICATION DATE: February 1, 1996 (first published 1947)
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 352 pages
GENRE: Nonfiction, Classics, Autobiography/Memoir
ISBN: 9780385480338
For almost fifty years, Anne Frank's diary has moved millions with its testament to the human spirit's indestructibility, but readers have never seen the full text of this beloved book--until now. This new translation, performed by Winona Ryder, restores nearly one third of Anne's entries excised by her father in previous editions, revealing her burgeoning sexuality, her stormy relationship with her mother, and more.


I completed a nine-week course with a group of people, which featured DVD Study sessions and a Participant Guide with study questions (homework!) for discussion each week. The book is a lot to digest, and I'm still reading it in chunks.

PUBLISHER: Zondervan
PUBLICATION DATE: November 2, 1992
FORMAT: Hardcover
LENGTH: 314 pages
GENRE: Nonfiction, Psychology, Self-Help
ISBN: 9780310585909
Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. A boundary is a personal property line that marks those things for which we are responsible. In other words, boundaries define who we are and who we are not. Boundaries impact all areas of our lives: Physical boundaries help us determine who may touch us and under what circumstances -- Mental boundaries give us the freedom to have our own thoughts and opinions -- Emotional boundaries help us to deal with our own emotions and disengage from the harmful, manipulative emotions of others -- Spiritual boundaries help us to distinguish God's will from our own and give us renewed awe for our Creator -- Often, Christians focus so much on being loving and unselfish that they forget their own limits and limitations. When confronted with their lack of boundaries, they ask: - Can I set limits and still be a loving person? - What are legitimate boundaries? - What if someone is upset or hurt by my boundaries? - How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money? - Aren't boundaries selfish? - Why do I feel guilty or afraid when I consider setting boundaries? Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend offer biblically-based answers to these and other tough questions, showing us how to set healthy boundaries with our parents, spouses, children, friends, co-workers, and even ourselves.

Another one from my dusty bookshelf, which I am reading aloud to my younger daughter. We are loving this series! It just gets better and better!

SERIES: Warriors, Book #5
AUTHOR: Erin Hunter
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins
PUBLICATION DATE: March 17, 2015 (first published 2004)
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 368 pages
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy
ISBN: 9780062367006
Join the legion of fans who have made Erin Hunter's Warriors series a #1 national bestseller--with new editions featuring a striking new look! More thrilling fantasy, fierce warrior cats, and epic adventures await in Warriors #5: A Dangerous Path.

ShadowClan has chosen Tigerclaw as their new leader, and Fireheart fears that this old enemy still harbors dark plans for vengeance on his former Clan. A mysterious threat has invaded the forest, placing every cat's life in peril. And Fireheart's beloved leader has turned her back on their warrior ancestors. Fireheart can't help but wonder if she's right--has StarClan abandoned them forever?

Another one from my dusty bookshelf, which I am reading aloud to my younger daughter.

TITLE: The First Collier
SERIES: Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Book #9
AUTHOR: Kathryn Lasky
PUBLISHER: Scholastic
PUBLICATION DATE: April 1, 2006 (first published 2005)
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 179 pages
GENRE: Fantasy, Childrens, Young Adult
ISBN: 9780439795685
An ancient malevolence that will threaten the very existence of the great tree has been loosed from the past. With his dying breath, Ezylryb tells Soren and Coryn to read the legends of Ga'Hoole hidden in his private library. There, they find a world of treachery and magic in which a young king and queen struggle to keep peace while Grank, their most loyal friend and supporter, studies embers and flames in a distant land. Then a desperate plea comes from the king, and Grank rushes to the aid of his noble friends.

Another one from my dusty bookshelf, which my daughter is reading aloud to me for home reading.

PUBLISHER: Willowisp Press
PUBLICATION DATE: 1997 (first published 1990)
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 142 pages
GENRE: Childrens
ISBN: 0874068290
Randi and Sandi Daniels are thrilled when the hottest teen singer comes to their town. They find out that they get to be in his newest video--but Randi, who has a voice like a frog's, has to sing to save the day. Will they pull the "double trouble switch" again?

I'm listening to:

Something from my Audiobooks.com library. It was a freebie that was offered during June is Audiobook Month, and I've wanted to read this series for a long time!
SERIES: Hannah Swensen, Book #1
AUTHOR: Joanne Fluke 
NARRATOR: Suzanne Toren 
PUBLISHER: Recorded Books, LLC
PUBLICATION DATE: April 17, 2009 (first published 2000)
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 9 hrs and 32 mins
GENRE: Mystery/Cozy Mystery
ISBN: 9781436125451
Discover the delicious mystery that started it all!

No one cooks up a delectable, suspense-filled mystery quite like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke s dessert-baking, red-haired heroine whose gingersnaps are as tart as her comebacks, and whose penchant for solving crimes one delicious clue at a time has made her a bestselling favorite. And it all began on these pages, with a bakery, a murder, and some suddenly scandalous chocolate-chip crunchies. Featuring a bonus short story and brand new, mouthwatering recipes, this limited edition of the very first Hannah Swensen mystery is sure to have readers coming back for seconds.

Hannah Swenson already has her hands full trying to dodge her mother's attempts to marry her off while running The Cookie Jar, Lake Eden, Minnesota's most popular bakery. But once Ron LaSalle, the beloved delivery man from the Cozy Cow Dairy, is found murdered behind her bakery with Hannah's famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him, her life just can't get any worse. Determined not to let her cookies get a bad reputation, she sets out to track down a killer.

Who would have the sheer audacity and the motive to kill the most punctual delivery man Hannah ever had? Topping the list is the high school football coach. What exactly was his wife doing, making the rounds with the milkman? Could Max Turner, owner of Cozy Cow Dairy, have had a secret he didn't want to share with his top employee? The more Hannah snoops, the more suspects turn up. Why has Lake Eden's most prominent prodigal son, Benton Woodley, just resurfaced? And what about the mysterious Mr. Harris who seemed interested in buying the property next to the dairy, but then disappeared? This is one murder that's starting to leave a very bad taste in Hannah's mouth. And if she doesn't watch her back, Hannah's sweet life may get burned to a crisp.

Filled with a healthy sprinkling of humor and a delightful assortment of nuts, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder serves up a great new mystery series and introduces a delicious, down-home sleuth that mystery readers will surely savor for years to come.

I just finished:

TITLE: Ghosts
ILLUSTRATOR: Raina Telgemeier
WITH COLOR BY: Braden Lamb
PUBLISHER: Graphix
PUBLICATION DATE: September 13, 2016
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 256 pages
GENRE: Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Fantasy
ISBN: 9780545540629
Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister's sake -- and her own.

Raina Telgemeier has masterfully created a moving and insightful story about the power of family and friendship, and how it gives us the courage to do what we never thought possible.

SERIES: Winternight Trilogy, Book #1
AUTHOR: Katherine Arden 
NARRATOR: Kathleen Gati 
PUBLISHER: Random House Audio
PUBLICATION DATE: January 10, 2017
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 11 hrs and 48 mins
GENRE: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
ISBN: 9780399567179
At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.
AUTHOR: Langston Hughes and Lee Bennett Hopkins (introduction) 
ILLUSTRATOR: Brian Pinkney 
PUBLISHER: Knopf Books for Young Readers
PUBLICATION DATE: November 13, 2007 (first published 1996, originally published in 1932)
FORMAT: Hardcover, 75th Anniversary Edition
LENGTH: 96 pages
GENRE: Classics, Nonfiction, Poetry, Childrens
ISBN: 067984421X
The Dream Keeper, the great African-American writer Langston Hughes's only collection of poems for children, includes some of his best loved works. It is being reissued in a handsome hardcover edition in celebration of its 75th anniversary. Filled with elegant scratchboard illustrations by Caldecott Honor winner Brian Pinkey, and featuring an introduction by noted children's poet Lee Bennett Hopkins, this gift edition is sure to be cherished by young readers and longtime poetry lovers alike.

TITLE: Mercy Thompson: Moon Called, Volume 2
SERIES: Mercedes Thompson Graphic Novels, Book #1.2
AUTHORS: Patricia Briggs, David Lawrence, Amelia Woo, and Zach Matheny
PUBLISHER: Dynamite Entertainment
PUBLICATION DATE: January 31, 2012 (first published 2010)
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 120 pages
GENRE: Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Sequential Art/Graphic Novels
ISBN: 9781606902141
In the past week, coyote shapeshifter Mercy Thompson has seen her friends kidnapped, killed, and assaulted - and things are about to get worse A war between werewolves is erupting, and Mercy is caught smack in the middle Can she unravel the secrets of the dark conspiracy that threatens them all in time to save her friends... and herself? Scores are settled and secrets revealed in the thrilling climax of Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson: Moon Called. Collecting issues #5-8 of the series, along with an all-new, never-before-published 8-page bonus story, and a complete cover gallery.

What are you reading? Have you read any of these books and, if so, what did you think? Please let me know in the comments and, if you are also participating in this meme, leave me a link to your blog post so that I can stop by!

3 comments:

  1. Very interesting mix of reads. I couldn't read two Holocaust books in a row though.

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  2. Nice variety of books. I keep meaning to read Night but haven't scheduled it in yet. I like Brigg's Mercy Thompson series but haven't seen the graphic novels. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  3. I've read parts of Night in school. I remember enjoying the little of it I read. I've only ever read the first book, I think, of the Warriors. The writing is fantastic. I really should get into the series but it just keeps going doesn't it? I didn't like Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder unfortunately. I've read better cozy books. I plan on reading the Bear and the Nightingale next year. I hope you liked it! I need to read Ghosts as well. I'm currently reading To Kill a Kingdom and I'm going to read The Search for Wondla after that.

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