Weekly Reads 1/21/13

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I am traveling the first few days of this week, which always means a good block of uninterrupted reading time on the airplane.

I am hoping that I will get Promised finished before the end of my trip so I can move on to one of the many library books that are stacked dangerously high on my nightstand.

Books that are part of a series are a personal favorite. Knowing that, when the book is over, the story itself isn’t really done yet, makes me anxious (in a good way) to get started on the next book.

With series books there is always something more to look forward to. I’ll admit to being giddy that I have so many next books in the series waiting for me to read.

On My Reading List this Week


Reached (Matched Trilogy Book 3), by Ally Condie

Cassia’s journey began with an error, a momentary glitch in the otherwise perfect façade of the Society. After crossing canyons to break free, she waits, silk and paper smuggled against her skin, ready for the final chapter.

One young woman has raged against those who threaten to keep away what matters most—family, love, choice. Her quiet revolution is about to explode into full-scale rebellion.


Shades of Earth (Across the Universe Book 3), by Beth Revis

Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceshipGodspeed behind. They’re ready to start life afresh–to build a home–on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience.

But this new Earth isn’t the paradise Amy had been hoping for. Godspeed‘s former passengers aren’t alone on this planet. And if they’re going to stay, they’ll have to fight.


On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes, by Alexandra Horowitz

You are missing most of what is happening around you right now.

Horowitz encourages us to rediscover the extraordinary things that we are missing in our ordinary activities.

Even when engaged in the simplest of activities – taking a walk around the block – we pay so little attention to most of what is right before us that we are sleepwalkers in our own lives.


Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should (and Shouldn’t!) Cook from Scratch to Save Time and Money, by Jennifer Reese

When Jennifer Reese lost her job, she was overcome by an impulse common among the recently unemployed: to economize by doing for herself what she had previously paid for.

And though it sounded logical that “doing it yourself” would cost less, she had her doubts.

She began a series of kitchen-related experiments, taking into account the competing demands of everyday contemporary American family life as she answers some timely questions: When is homemade better? Cheaper?

What the Kids are Reading


Madeline always loves a good book about anything relating to animals, so naturally her two favorites this week included them.

Logan is almost done with Harry Potter #4 – I can’t wait to see what he picks next since he’s been at this one for a while.

Paper airplanes are still a popular interest, so he picked another instruction book from the school library. Eric says this one has much better instructions that the others.

Saturday we worked on an airport for the paper airplanes – complete with runway, parking lot, trees, air traffic control tower, and a hanger that is still in the works.

Harvey Potter’s Balloon Farm, by Mark Buehner 

Harvey was a very strange fellow indeed. He was a farmer but not like any farmer you’ve ever met. He didn’t grow corn, okra, or tomatoes.

Harvey grew balloons. No one knew exactly how he did it, but with the help of the light of a full moon, one friendly child catches a peek of just how Harvey Potter does it. And keeps some magic for herself.


Weaving the Rainbow, by George Ella Ryan

How do you make a rainbow?

If you are a weaver you can make a rainbow with wool. If you are a sheep you can BE a rainbow.

An artist raises sheep, shears them, cards and spins the wool, dyes it, and then weaves a colorful picture of the Kentucky pasture where her lambs were born.


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J.K. Rowling

Fourteen-year-old Harry Potter joins the Weasleys at the Quidditch World Cup, then enters his fourth year at Hogwarts Academy.

Harry is mysteriously entered in an unusual contest that challenges his wizarding skills, friendships and character, amid signs that an old enemy is growing stronger.


Origami Airplanes, by Florence Temko

Origami Airplanes highlights 25 original airplane designs in its easy-to-follow style. Projects include the Blunt Nose Plane, the Global Flyer and the Concorde, among many others.


Share Your Reading List

Head over to Life Your Way to see what Mandi and her family are reading this week.

What are you reading this week?