Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Reading Room (16)

The Reading Room is a weekly update on books I'm reading and planning to read. It was inspired by the feature On Myshelf at the blog All By Myshelf.

First, I'm sorry for being completely MIA for the past few weeks. Life has been crazy and the blog hasn't been a priority, but school's almost over and things have calmed down, so the posting schedule should be back to normal soon. Anyway - onto the actual post.

I've been severely book-deprived for the past week or so because the school library closed for inventory, so last night I made a trip to the public library to stock up on reading material. I was hoping there would be some new books on display that I hadn't read since it's been awhile since I was last down there, but the displays hadn't changed much, so what was intended to be a less-than-fifteen minute stop turned into a half-hour search for something I hadn't read yet.

The first book I found was Write Naked, by Peter Gould. I'd seen it once or twice before and taken a look at it, and it always looked interesting, but it was another book that for some strange reason I'd never made time to read. I'm glad I finally checked it out; I started it today, and so far I'm enjoying it. It was also a welcome distraction from the absolute nothing we've been doing in school for the past few days. I'm not too far into it, but I have a feeling it's going to be good.

Continuing with the writing theme, I suppose, I also got Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard. It looks interesting, and I think it has the potential to either be really good, really cliche, or maybe a little of both. A quote on the cover says, "One of the best young adult books I've read in years", which is encouraging, but I've never heard of Pat Conroy, so I don't really know how much weight his opinion carries. The last book I checked out from the Young Adult section was Defining Dulcie, by Paul Acampora. It's short and will probably be a quick read for me, but it also looks like it has a really meaningful plot.

After finding these three books, I moved back into the middle-grade fiction section, which I don't think I'll ever outgrow. There I grabbed The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan, the first book in The Kane Chronicles. I've wanted to read it for awhile, since I loved the Percy Jackson series (the first one, anyway - the Heroes of Olympus series was incredibly disappointing) and two of my friends have read it and loved it. Unfortunately, someone has always had it out of both the school and public libraries, so when I saw it on the shelf, I pounced on it.

This should be enough to keep me busy for at least the rest of this week. Once summer arrives, though, my trips to the library are probably going to become a lot more frequent.


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