Monday, July 7, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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 was sick last week and did not get very much reading done.  At this point, I am starting to feel much better so I hope to read more this week. 

If you haven't read any books by Arturo Perez-Reverte, I highly recommend his fiction books (start with The Seville Communion).  He is a Spanish author.  El Francotirador Paciente (The Patient Sniper) is about a woman who is sent out by a publisher to track down a famous graffiti artist, who goes by the tag Sniper.  The publisher wants to find this artist to offer to do a biography and exhibit of his work.  The artist has a price on his head and is in hiding.  The book is a mystery as well as a fascinating glimpse into the world of graffiti.  I enjoyed the story and would recommend it to adults (unfortunately, there isn't an English translation yet).

  I liked Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets because it was realistic.  There aren't any big heroics happening, just a kid trying to get through some rough times.  I think it would definitely be a book that will resonate with teens.  I highly recommend this one. 

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas is a graphic novel that shows the story of how each woman got started with her research.  It is a fascinating look at the way science unfolded and would be a good introduction to a unit about primates.  It was also interesting to learn more about these three women.  It definitely piqued my curiosity about each woman.

Books I Am Currently Reading:

I have a bunch of professional reads going right now.  I will talk more about each one as I finish the book.  I also started reading The Serpent's Tale by Ariana Franklin, which is the second book in the Mistress in the Art of Death series.  It is an historical mystery.

What's Next?

My library pile includes Raging Star, The Storied Life of AJ Fikry, Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, and Bluffton. I don't know if I will get to all of them because I also will pick up another book in Spanish and another middle grade read this week.

Blog Posts from this week:

I posted on Saturday to participate in the Celebrate Link Up HERE
I also shared my goals for Teachers Write HERE

What are you reading? Any big plans for this week? I would love to hear from you in the comments!


  1. I have AJ Fikry in my pile too! Lots of good things have been said about that book!

  2. Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets was a title I really enjoyed too - well written characters - likeable and vulnerable.

  3. I need to read Dr. Bird's Advice-sounds excellent, Andrea. Try to get to The Storied Life..., I loved it! Glad to hear you're better, hope it's even better this week!

  4. I am having a hard time getting through my PD reading this year. I have so many PD books on my shelf to read, but I get so much of my PD online that I don't always want to spend my book reading time that way. I really liked Primates and wanted to know more about each scientist. I always think the sign of a really good nonfiction book is that it leaves me wanting to learn more about the subject!

  5. Hi there Andrea. I've read Dr. Bird's Advice a few months ago - I did have a few issues with it, but as a whole I thought it was pretty timely since I know quite a number of teens who also cut themselves - seems to be a trend among young girls. Will try to find Primates in our library this weekend - been looking for great nonfiction titles for my 12 year old girl this summer.