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.
Books I Finished This Week:
Payment in Blood by Elizabeth George was a nice, complicated murder mystery. It is the kind of mystery I usually really enjoy, but it was really difficult for me to get through right now. I think it just required more of my attention to really get into the book and I don't have that attention to give during the school year. I spent a lot of Saturday reading so that I could finish this before my digital library loan ended. I would definitely recommend this one to mystery lovers. Set in England and with a big cast of characters, this book reminded me of many of my favorite mysteries. I am even more excited now to hear Elizabeth George in the keynote address at Key West Literary Seminar. I will most likely try to read my way through the Inspector Lynley series this summer.
I had the opportunity to browse through the books at Target this week. I was really happy to see that both Journey and The Dark were being sold in the children's book section. I enjoyed both of these picture books and can certainly understand how they both are appearing on so many lists.
Salt by Helen Frost is an excellent historical fiction book. I loved the alternating poems from the two friends' differing perspectives. The author really captured the way that people will interpret a situation the way that they want to interpret it. It would be an excellent book to include in a study of Native American cultures and the clash with white settlers. The miscommunication and misunderstandings that were a part of this awful time in our history are brought out in a way that is easy to understand. I will definitely be looking for a copy of this one to add to my class library.
Books I am Currently Reading:I am still listening to The Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. I am enjoying the audiobook narrators and the world of the shadowhunters. I started reading Ripper by Stefan Petrucha the other day. As I was leaving my classroom the other day to go to my hair appointment, I realized I did not have a book with me. This one has been sitting by my desk since the book fair earlier this fall. So far, I am enjoying the story. I also just started reading Unravel Me and The Great and Only Barnum. Both are good so far.
I have a pile of books from the library which I will dig into, because I want to read some more books by mystery authors that I will see in January. I also just bought Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock and am really looking forward to reading that one. I don't know what else I will have time for this week.
What are you reading this week? I would love to hear from you in the comments. Have a great reading week!