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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys and now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover the next “must-read” book!

Kellee and Jen, of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join us! We love this meme and think you will, too.

We encourage everyone who participates to support the blogging community by visiting at least three of the other book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

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Last Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Ten Favorite Quotes from Books from Habiba, 9th Grade

Wednesday: Giant Pumpkin Suite by Melanie Heuiser Hill

Thursday: #mustreadin2017 Fall Update

Friday: Review and Giveaway!: Things That Surprise You by Jennifer Maschari

 **Giveaway open until 9/14/17!!!**

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee

Hi, everyone 🙂 It is Wednesday here, and I am setting this up a bit early because Florida is preparing for Hurricane Irma, and I didn’t want to get too busy or lose electricity without at least checking in. Here is what I have finished as of today, and I will update you next week on what I read between now and then.

  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman is just so phenomenal! I loved his work already, and this one blew me away. I used it for an example for writing book reviews for my students. Here’s what I wrote:

Neal Shusterman’s Scythe takes place in a futuristic world where death no longer exists and it is up to a group of chosen ones called Scythes to inflict death on the ones they choose to keep control of our population. Citra and Rowan were living a normal life until a Scythe came to them and chose for them to be his apprentice. Will Citra and Rowan want to be a master of death for the rest of their lives?

I really enjoyed Scythe because Neal Shusterman’s concept for the book is so unique, his futuristic world is plausible, and he gives us insight into many character’s feelings.  Fans of dystopian science fiction are definitely going to enjoy this book!

The only way the story may have been better for me is if a map of how the United States had changed including its new regions and city names had been included.

The biggest appeal for me was the underlying concept of Scythe. I cannot think of any other book that includes a world like Shusterman has created. I also felt the story was especially strong in the area of character development because Shusterman included points of view for so many of his characters, so it gave a well-rounded look at the world that Shusterman has created. I also really enjoyed that the world that Scythe takes place in is realistic based on what our world is like right now. It shows that the cloud turned into a greater being called the Thunderhead which dictates the world, that scientists were able to eradicate all disease, and that even wars ended with the start of a worldwide governing body.

“A thoughtful and thrilling story of life, death, and meaning.” –Kirkus Reviews, starred review

  • Knockout Games by G. Neri was more than I even could have expected from the summary and what I knew about it. I was sucked into the world and just didn’t want to stop reading. I highly recommend it and the audiobook.
 Ricki

Stay safe in the storm, Kellee! We are thinking of you!

I enjoyed I Am Bat by Morag Hood. It is reminiscent of Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony. It doesn’t have the exact same premise, but there are a lot of great similarities.

Train by Mike Vago is a great book to get kids enjoying reading. It comes with a red train that kids can weave through the grooved train tracks on the pages of the board book. The train sits right in the pages!

Poor Louie by Tony Fucile is about a dog named Louie who isn’t sure why his parents aren’t paying attention to him. This is a great baby shower gift to parents who also own a dog.

I reread The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner. God, I love this book.

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This Week’s Expeditions
 Ricki

I have been rereading a lot of YAL in preparation for my Adolescents’ Literature course each week. Planning for the two classes has taken up a lot of my reading time. I’ll definitely be rereading Aristotle and Dante this week, but I hope to finish The Smell of Other People’s Houses, too.

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Upcoming Week’s Posts

 

Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Books to Read with my Mom from Sarah H., 8th grade

Thursday: Review and Giveaway!: It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk by Josh Funk

 So, what are you reading?

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22 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 9/11/17

  1. Lisa Maucione says:

    Skythe sounds interesting. Can’t wait to read It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk.

  2. Linda Baie says:

    Hoping that your wake up at home was not too bad, Kellee. I know it’s going to be a long recovery for you and many others. I have Scythe on my list, sounds great. And good luck with your class, Ricki. It should be so interesting for the students to read new YA & perhaps visit old favorites!

    • Ricki says:

      I agree! So far, they haven’t read many of the books. There are a few students who have read a couple, but YAL is new to many of them—which is very, very exciting for me.

  3. Hope you and your family are safe, Kellee. The pictures I was seeing on the news looked pretty rough all throughout Florida, but hopefully it wasn’t too bad for you. Your review of Scythe really makes me want to read it! I LOVE Schusterman, as you know 🙂

    Ricki, I hadn’t heard of The Serpent King before, but it sounds intriguing. I loved Aristotle & Dante – enjoy the re-read!

    Sue
    Book By Book

  4. Earl Dizon says:

    Hope you and yours are safe, K!

    Nothing beats a good reread. I was just talking about how good The Serpent King was yesterday.

  5. Ms. Yingling says:

    Scythe seemed so violent to me, and more like human-on-human violence. I have to buy it for Battle of the Books, but it just wasn’t my favorite. Shusterman is excellent at world building; it was just such an unpleasant world. That said, we would all be better off if we realized that people have to die or the world would get weird!

  6. Beth S. says:

    I was glad to see on Facebook that you are safe and your home didn’t sustain any damage Kellee! And yay for rereading The Serpent King! 🙂

  7. Michele says:

    Kellee, I pulled out my Scythe and started my 2018 must read pile with it!
    I have JACK for Friday, so I’ll be following you guys!

  8. Jana Eschner says:

    Praying for your safety and a speedy recovery from the storm! On the bright side, hoping you have a good stack of books to get you through!

  9. Laura Mossa says:

    Being a dog lover, I am definitely interested in reading Poor Louie. It’s been on my Amazon wish list but haven’t bought yet. Waiting for the opportunity to meet Jack! Love Josh Funk!

  10. Kellee, I sure hope you are safe!
    Ricki, I keep hoping my library will bring in the audiobook of The Serpent King, otherwise it will have to go on my mustread list for next year. Aristotle and Dante and The Smell of Other People’s Houses are great reads!

  11. Crystal says:

    Kellee I too hope you weathered the storm safely.

    Ricki, I will check out Serpent King sometime in the near future.

  12. I really enjoyed The Serpent King – it should be receiving more love, really.

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