Monday, February 11, 2013

It's Monday! What are you reading? 2/11

This weekly meme is hosted by the lovely ladies at Teach Mentor Texts.  Head over there for more great ideas of kid literature and young adult books to add to your TBR.

This was a slower reading week for me because I attended the Wisconsin State Reading Association conference on Thursday and Friday.  It was a busy few days and you can read more about it here. The beginning of the week was busy with getting sub plans ready and keeping up with grading.

Books I Finished This Week:

This was a quick read and I can't wait to book talk it to my class on Monday.  I have talked about it before but had not read it yet.  Now I know that my middle school students will love it and I know I will be able to sell it better.  I love the way the book is like a case study.  What a fun book!

I LOVED this book.  I tell you why in my review of the book here.  Gayle Forman is quickly becoming one of my absolute favorite authors.  Her prose is so beautiful and there are so many lines that resonated with me and made me slow down to reflect.  I highly recommend this one.

This one was a fun and quick read.  It is definitely one that younger middle school students would enjoy.  I really loved the voice of the narrator.  What if you could suddenly hear dead people?  How would that change your life?  This was an interesting exploration of how that would affect a young girl.  I would absolutely recommend this one as well.

Books I am Currently Reading:

I am reading Book Love by Penny Kittle.  It is a must-read for all secondary teachers.  It is reminding me of why I work so hard to give students the time to read in my classroom and the support in finding books they will love.  I also am reading Bomb by Steve Sheinken.
I also just started listening to The Selection by Kiera Cass.

Books I will read next:
There are so many books in my TBR pile that I can't think straight sometimes.  Of course, while I was at the conference I ended up buying multiple books.  I also had a bunch of the books that I requested at the library come in this week.  I feel a little insane right now because I can't seem to stop acquiring books.  I think I will probably pick one of the multiple books on my Kindle to read.  There have been a lot of good daily deals lately so there are many books on there that I am excited to read.  I also will probably read Prodigy before taking it to school...although I might take that one to the student I know is waiting for it.  I will probably also start reading one of the Jeff Wilhelm books I picked up this weekend.  His ideas sparked a lot of thought for me so I want to get more information to be able to apply them asap.

What are you reading this week?  Happy Reading!


  1. I forgot about Small, Medium and Large. Thank you for that reminder! Also, I'm going to have to order a copy of Book Love.
    Have a great week.

  2. I know what you mean about having much too much books in your TBR stack - I have bookshelves and bookshelves filled with unopened books waiting to be read and loved - I just know that I'd get to them soon enough. Origami Yoda has also been selected as one of our group reads with my book club for young readers - I can't wait to sink my teeth into it. :)

  3. I want to get a hold of Small, Medium and Large - think it is a title that both my daughter and I would enjoy. Oh. . . the TBR pile! Mine is forever growing even though I am reading through it quickly because of course, there is a never ending supply of great books I keep hearing about. A good problem to have I figure!

  4. I completely understand TBR overload...and generally stockpiling books! I have Prodigy at home too, but who knows if I will get to it this week. I really liked Just One Day, but I have a feeling that Willem's story is the one I am going to LOVE. Gayle Forman sure does write lovely books.

  5. Nice to hear more about Gayle Forman. I've seen others recommend Just One Day. I think we must like the same books; I'm just finishing Book Love & want to find a copy of Bomb-am very interested to see what it's like. I know a lot about that time because I've read other books about Feynmann & other scientists-fascinating time! The TBR pile does grow & I'm now living a block from a fabulous library-oh my, I can just get books sent to it, & easily pick up. What a treat! Thanks for all your reviews!

  6. Definitely move Prodigy to the top of the list!! It is absolutely amazing!! I'm glad you liked Small Medium at Large.

  7. You have a list of 1 book I love and others that I really want to read because others love it. So glad you like Origami Yoda- you'll like the sequels too.

    Happy reading this week! :)

  8. Andrea, I understand this problem of so many books so little time! I will say that I read prodigy a couple of weeks ago and really liked it. I have ordered Bomb so I look forward to seeing what you think of it. We have similar books on our lists. I'm really happy to see Origami Yoda. I've been wanting to read it for so long and I just don't own it yet. I'm going to see if my library has it now that you've reminded me.