Monday, October 14, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/14

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 bunch of titles to add to your to-read lists.

I am finally almost caught up after being absent for a week of school a few weeks ago.  We had a professional development day on Friday and I was able to get some work done without students in class. I feel like my reading and writing workshops are both finally on track again.  Now, I just need to get caught up in math ;)

Books I Finished This Week:

Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff is a touching story told in verse.  I loved this story and I know a few of my students who will absolutely devour this story.  I really liked that this was told from the point of view of a teenager who has a pretty steady home and comes across the young mother who is struggling. It was a smart move because the protagonist has the thoughts that most of us might have and it helped me to connect to the story that much more.  This is an important story about the struggles of the very poor and young mothers. I highly recommend this book for any class library grade 8 and up.  

Books I am Currently Reading:

I am STILL listening to Siege and Storm. I am finding it hard to find time to listen to the audiobook. I bought a device to be able to listen to my iPhone through the car stereo but it is difficult to find a station that gets clear reception.  

I am also reading The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa.  This is an interesting story, but I am having a hard time getting into it.  I think I am just done with vampires.  

I also started reading What You Know by Heart by Katie Wood Ray as a professional read.  

What's Next?

I have no idea what will be next.  I have such a hard time catching up with my reading lately that I don't really want to have any plans.  Parent-Teacher conferences are this week so it will be a busy one.  I am really looking forward to the day off on Friday!

What are you reading this week?  Do you have any recommendations?  Please share in the comments below.  


  1. I've been on a vampire break too. Which might explain why I didn't love The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. The Immortal Rules is still on my TBR list...Have a great week!

  2. How is the story of Siege and Storm so far? I enjoyed the flavor and story of Shadow and Bone, but I haven't tried the sequel yet.

    1. I am really enjoying the book so far. The audiobook is excellent. There have been a lot of twists and I love that the author surprises me.

  3. Do you know that I don't think I've read any books by Katie Wood Ray? I know I've meant to pick up one of her books before but I just haven't. Thanks for the reminder! Maybe I'll grab What You Know By Heart. It sounds inspiring! :)

  4. I love Make Lemonade! I include it sometimes in the Adolescent Lit course I teach for pre-service teachers. The sequel, True Believer, is also terrific (I might even like it more than Make Lemonade!), but the final book in the trilogy strained credulity a bit too much for me. I always found that verse novels were hugely popular in my classroom with boys & girls. I love Katie Wood Ray!! I have Study Driven sitting on my shelf waiting to read.