Monday, March 17, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This meme was started by Sheila at Book Journey. The kid's version was started by Jen at Teach Mentor Text and Kellee at Unleashing Readers.

It has been a while since I've had time to post anything. I've been reading up a storm, but haven't been able to find the time to post. With all the snow days that I've had recently, I've been doing all I can do to keep my head above water. Also I had to do my taxes too.

17398961I have been waiting since January to get a hold of Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. Last week I finally got an email saying that it was my turn to check it out. Wow, is the word that comes to mind when I think about this book. The history of the parrots in Puerto Rico was something that I knew nothing about. At times my heart broke for these beautiful birds. This book contained so much information. I found myself having to read it a second time to fully comprehend all the facts about the parrots. The cut paper illustrations just complimented the text and were so gorgeous! I couldn't stop looking at the illustrations. If you haven't seen this book, it is one you shouldn't miss.

9762721As I was waiting for table at Cracker Barrel, I was wandering around and came across Squish Rabbit by Katherine Battersby. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I loved this book! Squish is just a little lonely rabbit. Nobody seems to notice him, but he notices a lot. Squish reminded me a lot of myself. I have to go back this week and buy a copy for myself and one for my library. There is another Squish book called Brave Squish Rabbit. I'll have to find this one.

18079557In September 2012 I read Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I really enjoyed the book and was happy to see it awarded a Newbery Honor. I was really excited to see there was a sequel, The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing! Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I think that I loved this book more than the first book. I was so thrilled to go back to Tupelo Landing with Mo, Dale and all of the other wonderful characters. The mystery this time centers around the inn that was accidentally bid on, and a ghost that comes with it. I really hope there is going to be another book so I can go back and visit Tupelo Landing!

The next book was an ARC that I got through NetGalley, The Ninja Librarians: The Accidental Keyhand by Jennifer Swann Downey. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. This book was wonderful! I found myself not waiting to stop reading this book. I had to find out what happened Dorrie and her brother Marcus once they landed in Petrarch's Library. This is headquarters of a secret society of ninja librarians who protect anyone who has gotten into trouble for their words. You meet many famous literary people from throughout history. This book was such a fun read. I can't wait to read the next one! This is a must read for all of us ninja librarians!

Click here to read a excerpt from The Ninja Librarians.

Here is a video clip about the book.

One of the fun things in this book is when Dorrie and Marcus get to meet some of those famous literary people from great books. This really got me thinking about who would I want to meet from many of the great books that I've read. This is a really difficult question because I've met so many great characters over the years. But if I had to narrow it down two, I think that I would want to meet Auggie from Wonder. Every time I read that book he continues to inspire me to be a better person. My other character is Dwight from the Origami Yoda series because I could always use advice from Origami Yoda! Please share in the comments who you would want and why.

I'll post some more of what I've been reading later on this week. Also I've got a couple post that I need to finish working on because I've started them quite a while ago!

Happy Reading!!

Stacey (@libraryjo92)


  1. Ninja Librarians? Is Library Jim mentioned? ( I'll have to take a look at this one! Thanks for the heads up.

  2. I loved Parrots Over Puerto Rico, too! I think I'd need to reread Three Times Lucky before I read Ghosts of Tupelo Landing. Ninja Librarians looks great! Hmmmm......I think it would have to be Harry Potter or Fern from Charlotte's Web. :-)

  3. I really want to read this second Sheila Turnage title. I loved the first one. Thanks for the recommendation!

  4. I adored Parrots Over Puerto Rico. I enjoyed Three Times Lucky, but not as much as I had hoped so I am glad to hear the sequel might even be better. That Ninja Librarians looks like a lot of fun. I will have to watch for it. Now you have me thinking about which characters I would like to meet. It is hard to figure that out, but it might make a good blogpost. :)

  5. Wow - the artwork in Parrots over Puerto Rico looks amazing.

    I absolutely loved The Ninja Librarians! It's been hard waiting all these months for the book to be released, and thankfully there are only a couple of weeks left!

    By the way, whoever made that book trailer is a genius.

  6. Hi there Stacey, I haven't found Parrots Over Puerto Rico yet in our libraries, will check again this weekend. The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing also look very interesting. Great question about which literary character you'd like to meet someday. You're right, there are just way too many, I can't even think of one off the top of my head right now, but it's a good food for thought. :)