It's Monday! What Are You Reading? --From Picture Books to YA is a weekly meme startted by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers. This is a chance for bloggers to recap their week of reading and share their plans for the next reading adventures they will take. Visit the host blogs for a list of great blogs participating in this meme and a whole host of titles to add to your to-read lists.
I read some FABULOUS books this week! In weeks like this it is really great to be a reader. I cannot wait to share some of these books with my students.
My students and my husband are all crazy for this series of graphic novels. I really enjoyed Bone: Out From Boneville and will be looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I am glad I read this one so that I can better know what students enjoy about the books.
Middle Grade/Young Adult
I loved Pivot Point by Kasie West. It is such an interesting premise and I really loved reading about this world. Addie's ability to look into the future and explore two options leads her to find out about a deadly choice that she will have to make. I loved the story and was so intrigued by the way the two alternate futures played out. I can't wait to read more from this author and I am really excited to share this one with my students. I would highly recommend it.
Jo Knowles is brilliant. This story is such a touching story of Josh and how he deals with the guilt he feels. I fell in love with his uncle Larry and the neighbor girl Stella. Jo Knowles has a way of bringing her characters into your heart and creating a beautiful story. I am very excited to bring this book into my classroom when it is available this fall.
I heart you, You haunt me by Lisa Schroeder is a novel in verse that I read for YA Lit 101. It is a touching story of how Ava is dealing with the tragic death of her boyfriend. I love novels in verse because they are such quick reads but many times they deal with such big issues. I know that my students will love Ava's story. I was lucky enough to be a winner of the giveaway on YA Lit 101. The author was so happy that we were reading and discussing her books that she gave out two copies. I cannot wait to add this one to my library!
Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H Watson by Lyndsay Faye is a murder mystery book. The author has written it as if it were another Sherlock Holmes case. I was intrigued by this concept. Lyndsay Faye is one of the authors that will be present at Key West Literary Seminar when I attend in January. This year's topic for the seminar is mystery/thriller and I am excited to read books by the authors attending in preparation for the fabulous weekend with my mother and sister. This book took me an enormously long time to get into it and I almost abandoned it, but then the mystery started to pick up and I was hooked. The author did an excellent job of matching the tone and word choice to earlier Sherlock Holmes mysteries and I am glad I read this one.
Jeff Anderson is a genius. There, I said it. I so much enjoyed hearing him speak at WSRA last february and I really loved his book 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know, but I was not sure how I would feel about an editing book. I was so silly to wait so long to read this. I love the idea of a daily sentence lesson which incorporates grammar rules. This book is full of practical advice and lesson ideas. He even provides an abundance of sentences to use in lessons. This is a must-read for English teachers everywhere.
Books I am Currently Reading:
I am absolutely loving the audio of Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I love the different voices for the different narrators. This is a well-done audiobook and a great story. I also started Teach Like a Pirate and have been inspired by the first chapter. In professional books I am continuing with books by Jeff Anderson. I am sure I will like Mechanically Inclined just as much as I liked Everyday Editing. I also picked up the first Sandman graphic novel.
I will be reading The Dream Thieves this week. I also have some books from the library--Judgement Calls by Alafair Burke (a murder mystery), Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2), and Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen. I also have a box upstairs to dig into which I haven't even touched once this summer. After reviewing my progress on my 2013 challenges, I am motivated to pick up some books for one of these as well.
How was your reading week? Did you have any favorites this week? Please share in the comments.
Have a great reading week!