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 started this week with meetings to write our school improvement plan. All day Monday and Tuesday, I had a mix of training and time to work with my school team on our plan. This took away a lot of the time I would usually have had for reading. Also, I got sick again. Round 2 of Diverticulitis is now under control with another antibiotic, but while I was sick I spent lots of time watching television instead of reading. I hope all this getting sick will be out of my system so that I can be healthy as we start the school year. Suffice it to say I didn't do much reading this week.
Books I Finished This Week:
En el tiempo de las mariposas (In The Time of the Butterflies) by Julia Alvarez is a fabulous book. I was fascinated by the story of the Mirabal sisters in a country led by the dictator Trujillo. I do not know much about the history of the Dominican Republic and it was really interesting to get this small fictional glimpse into that time period.
Gulp! by Mary Roach is a fun non-fiction book that explores different aspects of digestion and eating. I laughed out loud multiple times because of the author's hilarious play on words and sarcastic voice. There were quite a few parts of the book in which someone with a weaker stomach might be quite grossed out, but I was fascinated by the curious questions this author explored. I am definitely ready to find her other books and to learn about other science from this fun author.
Books I am Currently Reading:
I am still reading Bird by Bird and Escaping into the Open. I am also still listening to The Clockwork Princess. I just started reading Mindsets in the Classroom and Independent Study. I am in school planning mode already and so I am also re-reading excerpts from multiple books and articles on Choice Literacy as I make decisions about how to plan for fourth grade.
I have Absolutely Almost along with a bunch of picture books in my library bag that I will get to this week. I also want to read some of the I Survived books. I will probably also start Spook by Mary Roach or In A Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson. I know I will also continue reading articles and excerpts from some of the professional books I have as I continue to plan my procedures and first lessons.
What are you reading this week? Do you have any recommendations for me? I would love to hear from you in the comments!