Monday, November 12, 2012

It's Monday! What are you reading? 11/12

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 Diviners by Libba Bray was so much fun to read!  I love mysteries so this one was right up my alley.  I really enjoy all of this author's work and this one is the best yet in my opinion.  There are so many details that are so fascinating about the roaring twenties.  I enjoyed reading about the world of these characters.  I can't wait for the next book in the series to find out more about the diviners and what is coming next.

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea by Ellis Weiner reminded me of Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events.  The book had the same kind of voice to it with the snarky and hilarious narrator.  It was a quick and fun read and I would definitely recommend it for middle grades students.

Skellig by David Almond was a beautiful story.  Throughout the book, I found myself thinking about the book The Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.  I think Skellig in this story seemed to appear to Michael much the same as the Monster appears to the protagonist in that story when there is a need for him.  I enjoyed reading about Michael and Mina and their care for Skellig.  I would recommend this book for grades 6 and up.

Currently Reading:

I am listening to Blood Red Road and getting frustrated because it is getting so good and I can't go faster.  I will definitely be getting some good workouts in this week because I want to hear the rest of the book!

I started Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

On the Horizon:

I am not sure what I will read this week.  I will just go with whatever I feel like grabbing.  I think it will probably be a series of shorter books.  I have been reading some longer books lately and I want to take a little break from that.


  1. I loved Diviners and Blood Red Road! I still need to get to Shatter Me. I have heard great things, but there are just not enough hours in the day. I would recommend Mothership or My Life Next Door. Both are super quick, fun reads! Here is my list

  2. I couldn't agree with you more about Skellig. This was one of the first books I used in one of my book clubs a few years back. Very powerful novel. David Almond was just here in Singapore for the Singapore Writers Festival. Too bad I didn't get to hear him speak. A Monster Calls is also a personal favorite of mine, having read it this year. I would recommend though that you read David Almond's The Savage and his Slog's Dad - both books are beautifully illustrated by Dave McKean - they resemble A Monster Calls too in theme and artwork.

    I know about Libba Bray's Beauty Queens and I've seen copies of Diviners in our library. It does sound intriguing. Enjoy your reading week!

  3. I want to check out Diviners. Templeton Twins is at my school book fair - I'm hoping a parent picks it up for me.