Monday, August 5, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 8/5

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.

How can it already be August? It is interesting how certain things mark the time passing for you.  Last Wednesday was my birthday.  I had a lovely time celebrating on multiple days with different family members and having some fun treats.

This was my favorite treat:

Every summer at about this time I start to think about back-to-school and my mind starts to gear up for school again.  It starts with the teacher dreams and then I know it is time to start letting my mind wander over the possibilities for the coming year.  My reading week was a great reading week, but I am beginning to feel a little more scattered with my reading and somewhat desperate realizing that I will not make nearly the dent in my piles that I hoped to make.  Oh well, life goes on and I know I have some excellent new books to share this year.  I also have been making a big effort to balance out some of the adult books I want to read with the young adult and middle grade titles on my TBR list.

Books Finished This Week:

Adult Books

Judgment Calls by Alafair Burke is a compelling mystery which is the first in her Samantha Kincaid series.  This author is one that will be speaking at the literary seminar I will attend in January so I will be reading more of her books before then.  This one was a good start and I will enjoy getting to know this protagonist more in the next mysteries.

Graphic Novels

I enjoyed reading the first volume of Sandman by Neil Gaiman.  My husband has gotten quite into reading graphic novels and comics and I was curious about this series.  I have only read Coraline and The Graveyard Book by this author and wanted to read something else.  I think this graphic novel is really well done, but it wasn't my taste.  It was a little too dark and creepy for me.  I am interested in reading other novels by Neil Gaiman and will probably do this soon since my husband is voraciously reading through his entire bibliography.  

Young Adult/Middle Grade

I really enjoyed the audiobook of Will Grayson, Will Grayson.  I thought the two narrators did an excellent job reading and I liked that I had two distinct voices in my head.  I really like the way this narrative unfolds and I love the messages in the book.  I think this one is more of a high school book but I will probably end up recommending it to a few of my 8th grade students this year.  I would absolutely recommend it to high school students and adults.  

I enjoyed reading Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging and definitely snorted with laughter a few times while reading.  This was a quick and fun read and I am sure many teens will love it and identify with some of Georgia's antics.  I read this one for the NerdPrintz challenge and you can read my review of it here.

I really enjoyed Doll Bones by Holly Black.  I was ecstatic to see that this book, which has been really raved about on multiple blogs, was one of the August Kindle deals.  The e-book is just $1.99 right now.  Go snag the deal if you haven't read it yet!  I really had my teacher brain on the whole time I was reading this one.  I think this would be a great read aloud and I have a few other ideas for connections in my longer review here.

Love this one!  I will post a longer review closer to the publication date.  LOVE IT! You must pre-order this book immediately and read The Raven Boys if you haven't yet.  Maggie Steifvater is an author that I truly admire for her ability to write fantasy that feels so realistic.

Books I am Currently Reading:

This list is definitely a sign of how scattered I have been lately.  I have been really indecisive about what I want to read and then I end up with a huge pile of books.  First, I am listening to Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1).  I love this story so far and will definitely be finding excuses to put on my headphones and listen.  Cleaning my house becomes much less of a chore when I have a good audiobook!  I have also started reading 3 different professional books: Teach Like a Pirate, Write Beside Them, and Mechanically Inclined.  Can you feel the teacher momentum picking up?  The other books I have going right now are We are Not Eaten by Yaks, Dexter in the Dark, and Spilling Ink.  

What's Up Next?

Well, since I have so many books going right now, I will probably not start too many others this week.  If I can finish all of these books I will be in pretty good shape.  I still have a couple library books to get to as well so I might actually set one of the other ones to the side until I get through those.  I also have a few projects around the house that I want to get to before going back to school in a few weeks so I may not have as much reading time.  We shall see.  

What are you reading this week?  Did you read any great books that I must add to my list?  Please share in the comments.  

Have a great reading week!


  1. Happy Birthday! Mine is next week, and let say that those cupcakes look like an excellent way to celebrate a birthday. :-)

    Doll Bones is one book that I keep seeing in the kid lit blogger world--definitely one I'm hoping to read before school starts next month.

    Thanks for the recommendations!

    1. Happy Birthday! Definitely go get some was a great way to celebrate for sure.

  2. Hi Andrea! You know that #educoach is hosting twitterchats about TLAP every Wednesday night this summer, right? I haven't been awake or home to participate, but I have been keeping up with the reading and I love that book. Happy Birthday! Mine is next week, too!

    1. I have seen that happening on Twitter, but it is so hard for me to remember times for chats and I usually have other things going on in the evenings. Thanks for the reminder about this one. Happy Birthday!

  3. I am so glad that The Dream Thieves was awesome! I can't wait to listen to it. I have been meaning to start the Grisha series. I just ordered the audio for the library. I loved listening to Will Grayson. Have a great week!

    1. The Grisha series is definitely great so far. I love the audio.

  4. I agree that Doll Bones would make for a great read aloud. So much more than a scary doll book! And I really need to fix that I haven't read any Maggie Stiefvater. Should I start with Scorpio Races or Raven Boys first?


    1. Definitely start with The Scorpio Races. That is an amazing book! It is my favorite of her books.

  5. Maggie Steifvater is definitely an author I need to check out. My reading feels scattered, too....must be the fact that its August and I will soon be back in my classroom!