Monday, July 8, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? --From Picture Books to YA is a weekly meme hosted by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki 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.

This was a better reading week for me.  I stayed at a hotel over the weekend to give my sister and her husband some privacy.  I love staying in hotels by myself because I get to read in a big fluffy bed until the wee hours of the morning...and that is just what I did.

Books I Finished This Week:

Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick was a quick and riveting read.  I was hooked from the very beginning and had a hard time putting this one down until I was finished with it.  As with all of the Printz books I have read so far, this book was amazing and well-written.  Please see my longer review of this book here.

Unbelievable by Sara Shephard is the fourth book in the Pretty Little Liars series.  I enjoyed this book and I know that many of my students will enjoy the series.  There are enough differences at this point in the book series that I am interested in finding out what happens.  It is kind of fun to compare what has happened in the show to the book series details.  This is nothing spectacular but a fun read.

I absolutely LOVED Sorta Like a Rockstar by Matthew Quick!  I fell in love with the protagonist, Amber Appleton.  She is a positive and hopeful force in her world and I hope that there really are people like that out there in the world.  Amber deals with some tough situations in very real ways and my heart broke for her and her pain.  This book really reminded me of Stargirl in the way that both protagonists worked to make the world a happier place for people around them.  I am absolutely going to purchase this book for my classroom library as soon as I get home.  I will also probably be posting a longer review of this one sometime this week.

Rump: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff was a fun and quick read.  I love reading fractured fairy tales and seeing how creative authors can be when they spin classic stories.  This one was a funny book and I really enjoyed the story.  I would recommend it to grades 4 and up for a fun adventure.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain really gave me some food for thought.  The book helped me to understand myself and my husband better.  The ideas in this book also made me really think about the structures and procedures in place in my classroom.  There are many things to consider and I am glad I read this fascinating book.

Currently Reading:

I am still listening to Through The Ever Night.  I have about two hours left, and I will finish this week.  I also am still reading On Writing by Stephen King.  I started The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z today as well.  

What is next?

I want to get into my Jeff Anderson books this week.  I also have This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel and Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris to get to.  I brought these books with me out to California and would love to finish them before I go home.  

What books are you reading?  Please leave a comment below.  

Have a fabulous reading week!


  1. Seeing Sorta Like A Rockstar made me wonder if I brought that home from my classroom. I meant I have to dig through my bag! Haha :)
    How are you liking Through the Ever Night? I'm curious to see how everything ends when the final book comes out in 2014. (Hmm, maybe I can find the ARC at NCTE? *rubs hands together*)

    1. I am really liking Through the Ever Night but it is difficult because I really don't have a lot of time to listen to it and it has been choppy and drawn out because of that. Good plan to look for the ARC at NCTE. I hope I can be there also so maybe I will look with you.

  2. This week is the week of books I haven't read and really want to! You are just one of many blogs that are taunting me with great books :)
    I vote for Dark Endeavor btw- great book!

    Thank you so much for participating in IMWAYR and happy reading this week :)