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by Sonia Savage.

Monday, July 16, 2012

It's Monday - What Are You Reading?


It is Monday and again I am joining in the meme over at Mentor Texts.
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I read the second in the Annals of the Western Shore trilogy - Voices by Ursula Le Guin. I didn't enjoy this as much as the first one, it is set about 15 or so years after the first book. We did meet up with the two main characters from the first book who have travelled widely since last met.

They arrive at a place that has been conquered by a people who believe reading is evil and all books have been banished and destroyed. Anyone found with a book is punishable by death.  Memer however along with her mentor still holds a library and she has learned to read. When Orrec and Gry arrive that is when life begins to change and the people unite and push back at their oppressors.

I also read the 2003 Newbery Medal book - Crispin The Cross of Lead by Avi. It was set in medieval England and told the story is about Crispin who has to be very on his guard as he escapes evil people who do not want him to live.  I enjoyed it, there are other books that follow in a series from this book, but I am not likely to read them at this point.

For the coming week I intend reading:  Powers by Ursula Le Guin - the third book in the trilogy.  If I have time I will also read another Newbery book - back to school this week for our third term of eleven weeks, so will wait and see how my stamina is by evening!


  1. Have you read The Door in the Wall? That's my favorite medieval Newberry.

  2. I have this series in my classroom and it always seems to have a following - perhaps it's time for me to read this as well!

  3. Happy back to school week!
    I've never heard of the Annals of the Western Shore trilogy...I'll have to check it out.

  4. Glad to hear that Crispin is a worthwhile read. Have you read The Trumpter of Krakow for the Newbery Challenge yet? Tolerable, but not great! Have a great "back to school" week!

    Lorna - Not For Lunch

  5. Kathryn,
    Have a great new term!

    I just remembered to post my Monday readings! Still getting in the habit. I just wrote LeGuin's first book, Gifts, on my to-read list, as I hadn't done that last week. I have quite a growing list now!


  6. I haven't read anything by Le Guin but it's great to hear you enjoy her! :)

  7. I haven't read any LeGuin in ages.. need to fix that!

  8. Authors I've been meaning to read! LeGuin is such a library lover and a great local literacy hero in my city!


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