Monday, October 22, 2012

It's Monday! What are you reading? 10/22

Every week I participate in this meme hosted by the lovely ladies over at Teach Mentor Texts.  Jen and Kellee had the brilliant idea to adapt this meme to talk about the great young adult and children's literature that we are reading.  Head over to their blog for more great reads and a plethora of recommendations of great kidlit.

Books I Finished This Week:

The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Steven Chbosky is the favorite book of one of my students, so I had to bring it up to the top of the pile.  I liked the book, but I am not really a fan of this type of realistic fiction which really just examines the inner workings of a teenager's mind.  I am utterly perplexed about how they made this into a movie.  The impression I got was that the protagonist had some sort of autism or a developmental disorder.  The way other characters talked to him and the way that he spoke about some issues really had me thinking that he did not have the same way of viewing the world as many other people would have.  I understand why some people really like the book, but it really didn't do much for me.

I LOVED this one.  I have a bit of a crush on Perry and I loved how Aria learned how to be a strong woman by the end.  This is one of my favorite Dystopian books this season.  I will be anxiously awaiting the next one which is set to come out in January.  Meanwhile, I will enjoy reading the novella that the author released which tells Roar and Liv's story.  I highly recommend this one to everyone.

I had the good luck of being able to use some Scholastic Dollars at our book fair to add to my class library.  I spent a lot of that money on some great new graphic novels.

This is a great story.  I enjoyed reading it and I know my students will love it also.  I love the full color graphics and the way the character is developed in this story.

I love all of Rick Riordan's books.  The Red Pyramid is an excellent and fun book.  I enjoyed reading this story for a second time through this format.  There was a lot of text in this graphic novel and it might be too much for some students, but it would be a great way to get them thinking about the books.

I was so excited to read this one.  My students LOVE Ghostopolis and Bad Island so I was sure this one would be excellent too.  I love the creative creepy that the cardboard took over.  It was reminiscent of Gremlins...I wonder if that was done on purpose. Doug TenNapel does not disappoint with this one.  I can't wait to share it with my students!

Books I am Currently Reading:

Blood Red Road by Moira Young is the audiobook I am currently listening to.  I have found myself much more motivated to get my workouts in now that I have a great book to listen to.  I love the narrator on this audiobook!

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer By Michelle Hodkin is so intriguing so far.  I get why I have heard so many great things about this one.  I can't wait to meet this author in a couple of weeks in Milwaukee and to purchase the sequel which comes out this week.

Books up Next:

I will probably pick up If I Stay by Gayle Forman.  I also have The Mark of Athena and The Eye of the Storm to read from the book fair.  I also want to get to The Diviners soon.  I guess I will see how I feel this week!

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