Monday, August 31, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 8/31/15

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.

This week I had a crazy busy time. I was able to get in my classroom to start setting things up on Monday and officially started work on Thursday. My sister and her family chose this crazy time of year to come visit from California, so they were staying with us on Thursday and Friday nights. Love the time with my nieces and my sister and her husband, but I was so exhausted by the time they left! This weekend was spent supporting my husband who is still a relatively new teacher and is struggling a little bit with designing courses and planning for four preps without spending hours and hours working. I am trying to help him streamline, but we think differently so it is sometimes bumpy. That being said, I am proud that I actually finished a book this week! It is much less than usual, but I will take it!

Books Finished This Week:

The Traitor's Smile is the sequel to The Pale Assassin by Patricia Elliot.  The books are set in revolutionary France. The main character is an aristocrat and therefore in danger during this time. Both books are full of intrigue and were interesting reads because I learned a lot about that time in history in France. I would recommend this book for grades 8 and up.

Books I am Currently Reading:

I am reading I Crawl Through It by A.S.King. I got this copy from NetGalley. I am having a hard time with this one. I really love all of this author's books and I know I will probably love this one once I understand what is going on, but I am really confused right now.

What's Next?
Frankly, I have no idea what I will read next. My students start tomorrow so this week is just surviving and getting everything prepared for the first few days of school. I do know that I will be reading Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin for my first read aloud because Liesl Shurtliff is coming for an author visit later this month!

What are you reading? Do you have any recommendations? I would love to hear from you in the comments!


  1. Good for you for getting a book read during this crazy time of year! SO LUCKY to get Liesl Shurtliff for an author visit!! My classes and I have Skyped her a couple times, and we just love her. Rump is a favorite read aloud, and now we're reading Jack!

  2. We're hoping to get Liesl to come to our school in the spring!
    Happy school year, Andrea!

  3. Wonderful to think of having Liesl Shurtliff for a visit. I need to read Jack, and loved Rump. Best wishes for a great start, Andrea, & to your husband too.

  4. What grade is your husband teaching? Streamlining the workload is so key. It took me YEARS to figure that out. If I could have learned how to spend less time prepping, I probably would have stayed in the classroom rather than becoming a teacher-educator. I'm impressed that you managed to finish anything this week given how busy it was! Rump was not my favorite read-aloud, although my son loved it. I did enjoy Jack, which we recently finished, a lot more. There is also a Rump connection in Jack, so I bet your students will be excited to read her 2nd book too.

    1. My husband is teaching four levels of high school Spanish. It's a lot of planning for sure!

  5. Hi there Andrea, I haven't read any of A. S. King's novels yet - good to know about your difficulties with this particular title - I shouldn't begin with that one then.