Sunday, February 23, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 2/24

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 Finished This Week:

This book was absolutely fabulous! I so loved the relationships between the characters and how they all rallied around Willow.  I highly recommend this book to all middle grade teachers and students.

This is the second book in the Ridley Jones series.  It is another fast-paced mystery novel.  I really enjoyed reading this one and will look forward to reading more by Lisa Unger.

I finished listening to The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon.  I really enjoyed the narration on this audiobook.  I also really liked the story.  I am not usually a fantasy reader (at least adult fantasy), but I really enjoyed the world created by this author.  I would highly recommend this book.

It took me awhile to get through The Notorious Benedict Arnold because I do not often read non-fiction.  I decided this weekend that I needed to get through this book and made a conscious decision to pick it up more often.  I didn't need to force myself for very long.  I got really caught up in the story and was fascinated to learn more about this notorious historical figure.

Books I am Currently Reading:

I started reading The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness.  So far, it is meeting all my expectations.  He is such an amazing author!  I also started reading The Freedom Writer's Diary. My sister gave me this book for Christmas.  I have had a copy of the book for a few years, but the gift made me decide to pick it up and start reading.

What's Next?

I will be starting Crown Of Midnight tonight probably.  I just got the digital copy from my library so I have a week to read it.  I will also start A Red Herring Without Mustard which is a Flavia de Luce book and Dangerous by Shannon Hale if I get to it.

Last Week on My Blog:

What are you reading this week?  Any recommendations for me?  I would love to hear from you in the comments!  Have a great reading week!


  1. I listened to the audiobook of COUNTING BY 7S and really loved it. Glad you enjoyed it!

  2. I need to read more Steve Sheinkin! I loved Bomb last year and have been meaning to get to some of his other books. I do read a lot of nonfiction, but I tend to like the kind with lots of pictures!! Just started Counting by 7's--hoping to spend more time with it this week if I can get the books finished that I'm supposed to be teaching. Sometimes teaching gets in the way of my reading life!

  3. I really loved counting by 7s as well and have since handed it off to two of my colleagues. I agree that the relationship in the story is great. Another great book about connections is The Year of Billy Miller - had you read it?

  4. Counting By 7's has really stayed with me--I loved those characters! Benedict Arnold intrigues me as a character. I will be on the lookout for the Notorious B.A.--thanks!

  5. Counting By Sevens is, as Melanie says, a book that really stays with you. I want to read it again over the summer, and really savor it slowly - so many beautiful lines!

  6. I also loved Counting by 7s! What a different story for young readers! I feel your nonfiction pain...I know I should read more, but I find myself putting them off. I will say that Sheinkin has been one of my most favorite nonfiction authors though, so way to go for him ;)

  7. Hi there Andrea, I'm glad to see that you enjoyed Counting by 7s. We're reading it this April for my book club with young readers here in Singapore, so I'm looking forward to reading it myself. Oh wow, the crane wife by Patrick Ness. :) I hope to read that one soon too. Have a great reading week!