Taken from a painting of Kapiti Island at Sunset.
by Sonia Savage.

Monday, December 24, 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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This week I read
Leviathan by Scott Westerfield.  This was my first ever from the Science Fiction steampunk genre. At the beginning of the year I didn't even know that steampunk existed!

This book was recommended to me by one of my students, Monique,  who was very enthusiastic about it.  The first two chapters I was beginning to wonder, then I saw a note from katsok on Goodreads under this book, saying she had taken a couple of chapters to get into it. Great little comment, because it encouraged me to keep going and I did enjoy it very much.  Lots of action and adventure.  I can see that some of my other students would enjoy it too. I am putting it on my list as a possible read aloud to the class for 2013. Will only not do that if something better comes along to take its place.

For the coming week all the books I want to read are out at the local library so I think I will start with One For the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. I have seen many positive comments about this book so I am looking forward to it.  Lots of 5 stars from the readers I follow on Goodreads, and I see Donalyn Miller recommends tissues!

Being Christmas Eve - and a sweltering hot day here on the Kapiti Coast in New Zealand, I wish you all the blessings of the Christmas season. By the way a bit of snow just sounds heavenly at the moment!


  1. I saw Scott Westerfeld talk about Leviathan at NCTE and it made me really curious about the book. Good to know that it is worth reading (and the hint about it taking a bit to get into).

    happy reading this week and happy holidays!

  2. I have a copy of Leviathan lying somewhere in my shelves too along with Bacigalupi's Shipbreaker. Perhaps next year Id get to know more about the steampunk genre. :) Have a Blessed Christmas!

  3. One for the Murphys is great! A few tears but completely worth it. I still haven't read Leviathan but the series is really popular in my library with middle and high school guys.

  4. There are now a few of my students who know whatSteampunk is, but it took a while. westervill is always good.

  5. I adore Leviathan! Steampunk is even fun to say, isn't it?

  6. I've heard Leviathan is very good, & can tell you that One For The Murphys is wonderful, Kathryn. We are having snow here in Denver! Sorry it's so hot your way! Merry Christmas!


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