Monday, October 13, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/13

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 haven't posted since the beginning of September! I am so busy with school.  I am going to go ahead and share all the books I read for the last few weeks since that list is not too long.  Here's to getting back on track with blogging!

I checked out and read some picture books over the last few weeks. I really enjoyed My Teacher is a Monster and Noisy Paint Box.  I also thought The Lion and The Bird was a really sweet story. 

I loved this new one from Raina Telgemeier. I could absolutely relate to the sibling rivalry in the story. My students will love this one. 

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver took me quite some time to read, but it was worth it. The story weaves through a man's life from childhood to death. There are some interesting details about Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo as well as an intriguing story about the paranoid anti-communist thought in the United States after World War II.  I really, really enjoyed this one. 

This was a fun thriller that would be appropriate for a younger audience than most of this type of book. It starts with a kidnapping and goes back and forth between what is happening with the girls who are kidnapped and what is happening with the police and the families. I would recommend this one for kids who like scary movies but are too young for the young adult thrillers.

I enjoyed this modern retelling of Jane Eyre. It made me want to go read the classic again. I wonder if it would inspire a teenager to want to read the classic. 

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson is a beautiful memoir. It would make a phenomenal mentor text, especially in middle and high school. 

I love Veronica Mars! This book picks the story up from the end of the movie. It is Veronica Mars and a good mystery. I am excited to read more of these. 

The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer was a really fun book.  I am going to be seeking out the other books now because I am pretty sure my fourth grade students will devour them. I don't know why I waited so long to read this book, but I am glad I finally did.  

What I am Currently Reading:

I am listening to The Peculiar and just started reading The House of Hades. Reading is slow going for me because I am spending a lot of time planning for my classroom. 

What's Next?

I have no idea what I will get to next. It will depend on my mood and whether I get through what I already have started.  

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


  1. I have really been impressed with Chris Colfer's books! I'm on the third book now. I really enjoy his audio books - his voice really brings the characters to life!

  2. My husband and I are watching Veronica Mars--though we stalled out a few months ago. I've watched the series several times, but it's new to him. We have to finish the series AND watch the movie before I can read the book. Ack! I really want to read the book! I loved the three PBs you mentioned. I can't wait to loan Sisters to my students in Children's Lit next semester--I know it's going to be one of the most popular books in the classroom.

  3. Stolen Children still circulates really well at my library, and fistfights almost broke out over a copy of Sisters! Have you nominated for Cybils? Nominations close on Wednesday, and I'd love to see more nominations. Any shout out or lists of things you'd like to see nominated that you're comfortable with would be great, too!

  4. Welcome back :) Glad to have you joining us again. I love keeping up with you, but I can COMPLETELY understand school/life making blogging tough. Sisters, Noisy Paint Box, and Brown Girl Dreaming are all favorite recent reads--glad you enjoyed them as well!

    Happy reading this week! :)

  5. Hello there Andrea, I have a copy of The Lacuna for the longest time now, but don't have the courage to start it yet. I've read Barbara Kingsolve's The Bean Trees years back and enjoyed it. Can't wait to find Brown Girl Dreaming.