Sunday, November 17, 2013

Mailbox Monday, Girl's Night Out with Lauren Oliver (author of Delirium trilogy) and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? November 18 Edition

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia who now blogs at To Be Continued. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. The host for November is Crystal at I Totally Paused! You can also view the touring blog list here for the upcoming months.

For Review:

In The Hall of the Mountain King by Allison Flannery

This beautifully illustrated story brings to life Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg's musical masterpiece and Henrik Ibsen's timeless characters. Geared toward children 5-9, the story will delight readers as the action mirrors the movement of the music it's based on. Includes a CD with orchestral performances of "In the Hall of the Mountain King" and four other pieces from the "Peer Gynt Suite." Lesson plans and a puppet-making sheet are available from the author's website.

Books I bought on sale at

As you can see these are all YA books. I'm still in a YA reading mood.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Partials by Dan Wells

Entwined by Heather Dixon
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
The Dressmaker by Posie Graeme-Evans

Lauren Oliver came to Montreal for the Girl's Night Out event at the Jewish Public Library today. We must have been about 300 moms and daughters. I listened to the audio of Delirium and have Pandemonium on audio and ebook format but I wanted to have the physical books so I bought them! The evening was a hit. There were door prizes throughout (I won a signed poster of Pandemonium which I will donate to the library) and Lauren graciously answered the girl's questions after she spoke about her writing career. She was very candid about her personal life, talking openly about her depression, her family and her writing experiences. All of us walked out of there with a loot bag that included tea, soap, lip gloss, hand and body lotion, facial wipes, moist wipes, a pen, buttons, coupons and a hardbound copy of The Gypsy King by Maureen Fergus. I also bought a copy of Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall.

It was a great evening! 

This meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. This is where we keep track of what we are currently reading and plan to read.  The kidlit version is hosted by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts.

Read and reviewed:
Tandem by Anna Jarzab (audiobook)
The Banishment by Marion Chesney (audiobook)
If I Were You and Lived in...Norway by Carole P. Roman (educational children's book)

I also interviewed Max Wallack, co-author of Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear in the Refrigerator? Please visit this post for a chance to win a copy of this children's book that I think is a must-read for all families who deal with Alzheimer's Disease.

Currently Reading:
Daughter of the God-King by Anne Cleeland
Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman (with my son)
Trash by Andy Mulligan  (with my daughter for Battle of the Books competition at school)

Hope you all have a great reading week!

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