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:
I mostly listened to Where Things Come Back, but it was the first book I had the Kindle and the Audible book for. It was really cool how the two versions synced. At the end of the book, I switched to the Kindle edition, because I wanted to read the rest at a time that wouldn't have been a good time for listening. I highly recommend this book to teens and adults. There are some deep themes in this one. I like the way the author used humor to lighten up what could have been a very dark and depressing story.
I highly recommend I Am The Messenger by Marcus Zusak as well. It was a little slow going for me at the beginning, but then it picked up and I was intrigued by the mystery of what had to be done and who was behind everything. There is a good message about the life we choose to lead and complacency.
My sister gave me a copy of The Freedom Writers Diary for Christmas. I have owned a copy of this book before and been meaning to get to it, so when my sister gave it to me again, I figured it was now the time to read it. I enjoyed reading the book and thinking about what this teacher did for these students. I found myself being a little cynical once I realized that the teacher only worked in the classroom for these four years. I think this group of kids have done amazing things and the teacher has made a lot of difference by putting together workshops and teaching education classes at universities. However, the work that she did and the sacrifices she made in order to reach those kids obviously were not sustainable or she would have continued her work at the high school. I love reading about these kinds of things, but I realize that this level of success is hard to get without that level of sacrifice. There are a lot of teachers out there that do similar things for students on a smaller scale every day. I would recommend this book to teachers as inspiration to think about tolerance education. I definitely am going to look for some of the resources that Erin Grunwell used.
Books I am Currently Reading:
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey is quite interesting so far. I am also listening to Emerald Green.
I am on Spring Break (FINALLY) and will find ample time for reading this week. I am not sure what I will choose to pull from the shelf, but I am sure I will enjoy reading.
What are you reading this week? I would love to hear from you in the comments! Have a great reading week!