Sunday, February 2, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 2/3

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 have been in a weird funk lately, which actually usually means more reading.  This week was another weird week with two cold days off on Monday and Tuesday.  Then, when we got back to school, my students were just off this week.  Our January was really weird with basically all 3-day weeks because of the weather and planned days off.  My 8th graders are starting with their version of Senioritis and it is going to take some extra magic to get things energized again at school.  I hope the read-aloud of The Maze Runner will infuse some energy into my reading time at least.

Books I Finished This Week:

I basically devoured Everybody Sees the Ants on one of my days off.  I loved the character and the way the themes of family and war both came out in this touching story.  Lucky is such a realistic teenage character.  The way he deals with the bullying he is experiencing is very true to the way a lot of teenagers deal.  I liked the way all of the secondary characters were also very real and the quirky ways they dealt with the world really helped Lucky.  I highly recommend this book to 8th grade and up.  

The League of Extraordinary Gentleman was a movie that I really enjoyed.  When my husband started to get interested in comic books, I was interested in reading this comic book. We bought this compilation a few years ago, but I had not picked it up to read it yet.  I am glad I read it.  It was an entertaining read and a good way to spend part of my extra time off.  

On Monday, immediately after the ALA Youth Media Awards, I went to my digital library to look for some of the books I had not yet read.  The Year Of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes was just such a book.  I really enjoyed reading this one and can see how it will appeal to younger students.  It was a sweet story.  

While I was on the digital library site, I couldn't help but notice that this book was available.  I have really enjoyed all the books in the trilogy and this was a really nice ending for Elisa.  I highly recommend this trilogy to fans of the Graceling books and any other fantasy fans.  There is just enough intrigue, adventure, and romance in the book to please many different audiences.  

Books I am Currently Reading:

I am listening to The Bone Season.  So far, this is a fascinating fantasy book. I am enjoying hearing about this world.  I am also reading Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver.  She is one of my favorite authors and I am enjoying slowly absorbing this new story about a farmers wife and the butterflies that have chosen to live in the trees near her farm.  I started reading The Notorious Benedict Arnold and I am enjoying Steve Sheinkin's great writing.

What's Next?

I went a little nuts on the digital library site as well as on Netgalley.  Now, I have too many new books on my Kindle to read.  I will most likely try to read Maggot Moon and Crown of Midnight this week before the loans expire.  Then, if I have time for other reading, I will go to my real books on the shelf for a couple titles.  I will be interested in starting the Patrick Ness titles I just bought as well.  The Crane Wife and More Than This both seem like amazing books.  

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


  1. Everybody Sees the Ants is a book my 8th. graders would like very much, I think. Ive just begun reading Sue Monk Kidd's new historical fiction novel: "The Invention of Wings" and am loving it.

  2. I also loved Everybody Sees the Ants. I love A.S. King!
    The Bitter Kingdom was a great finale for that series...I loved all of those books!
    DEFINITELY go read Crown of Midnight NOW!! You will not regret it! (Until you get to the ending...because you'll want more right. now.)
    Happy reading this week!

  3. I love AS King, & need to get to that one, Andrea. Glad to hear about it. I haven't read any of the bitter kingdom, etc. books, will put them on a list for sure. As for recommendations-just finished far far away & loved it, maybe you will too! Sorry for all the weather-we've had it, but just don't have the snow days. More on the way... Have a good week!

  4. Hello there Andrea, I've been reading quite a number of graphic novels myself. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen sounds really interesting. I'm aware of the movie, but haven't seen it yet. I will have to check out Billy Miller soon. :)