Monday, August 26, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 8/26

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? --From Picture Books to YA is a weekly meme started 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.

This week was a whirlwind.  I was able to get into my classroom for the first time last Monday.  I don't have a ton to set-up because my classroom is a computer lab and I can't move furniture around. However, I do have my extensive class library to sort and display.  I worked a few hours early in the week on this.  On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, I met with my school's learning team to write our School Improvement Plan  (so even though we are not officially back to school until this Tuesday, I was working this week).

On Tuesday evening, my husband received an e-mail from his professor.  He was originally supposed to do student teaching this semester and had his placement lined up and was excited about that.  The e-mail was a forwarded message from the principal at a small charter high school in town.  She was in a bind because her Spanish teacher resigned the day before their teacher training started and she needed to hire someone.  My husband's professor offered this as an opportunity for him to do student teaching on the job.  He was hired Wednesday night and started working on Thursday.  This is a great opportunity for him, but gives me a lot more work to do with supporting his beginning teaching.  He is jumping in with both feet without having a student teaching experience and my role changed from supporting-wife-who-will-give-some-advice-but-let-the-cooperating-teacher-really-be-his-safety-net to the-person-who-needs-to-give-him-the-advice-a-cooperating-teacher-would-give. Needless to say, my reading suffered a bit this week.  We are both excited for this school year and thankful for the great opportunity!

Books I Finished This Week:

Adult books

I am really enjoying this mystery series.  It is fun to read the books with my sister and send some texts back and forth discussing the characters.  It will be fun to share this experience with her.  

I need to do something about being more healthy.  I thought this book did a good job of convincing me that my eating habits need to change.  I have read numerous other diet and nutrition books that talked about the same types of health concerns, but this one really highlighted the dangers of what he calls diabesity.  I am planning to start a really rigid eating plan this week.  Wish me luck with the caffeine withdrawal!

Young Adult/Middle Grade books

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde is a fun book.  The author has a very witty sense of humor in this book.  I am excited to share this one with my students and the staff at my school!  I am even more excited for the author visit from Mr. Fforde in September after reading this fun book!

Books I am Currently Reading:

I started listening to Once by Morris Gleitzman.  This was one of the Sync audiobook titles that was offered free this summer.  I am liking the book so far.  I enjoy the music that is played between chapters also.  I am just cringing at the way it is starting.  This boy is so naive and ignorant of what is happening in Nazi-occupied Poland and I just know it will end up badly for him.  I have really just started this book so I am not sure where it will go, but it makes me nervous.  I also am reading Killer (Pretty Little Liars).  This will be a good one to read during the hectic first week back to school.  

What's Next?

I am finally on schedule for the Gallagher Girls readathon, so I will be reading Only the Good Spy Young this week.  I also would like to read the galley I have of The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde.  I will probably also start D is for Deadbeat this week and I have another mystery book from the library that is another author we will see in Key West.  

What are you reading?  Any recommendations for books I should read?  Please leave a note in the comments.


  1. I am working my way through the Stephanie Plum series. Almost caught up! Best of luck with the new school year!

  2. Keep us posted about Once. It sounds like a great one to add to the school's collection of WWII books.
    Mrs. Brown Loves Bookworms

  3. I hope you enjoy ONCE. The second book in the series (THEN) is absolutely incredible. It has one of the most vivid scenes in any book I've ever read. I highly recommend it. I loved ONCE, as well, but I wouldn't stop there, if you are looking to read on. :oD

  4. I just sent Once to my grandson, was recommended so much I thought he would enjoy it. I'll look to see what you think. I used to read all the Grafton mysteries. She tells a good story. Thanks!