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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 hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. 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!

Jen Vincent, of Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee 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.

Last Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday skunk noodles&albie hearst

Tuesday: Top Ten New-to-Us Authors We Read in 2014

Author Guest Post and Blog Hop!: “How Research Transformed The Wolf Chronicles” by Dorothy Hearst, Author of The Wolf Chronicles

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee: I cannot wait for break because these last couple of weeks have seemed so hectic! I have mostly read picture books and haven’t really been able to just sit and read. I hope to end the year with a high note during break though because I plan to fill it with read! I am still reading Persepolis but WILL finish it this week. I did have a chance to read a wordless graphic novel Fish Fish Fish by Lee Nordling which kids will definitely love. Trent and I read some books that are perfect for this time of year: Santa Goes Everywhere! by Brian Biggs, Catch That Cookie! by Hallie Durand, and The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. The Polar Express took a couple of days, but it was such a joy to read it with me. I actually have a silver bell, so when Santa gave the silver bell to the boy, I gave one to Trent and now have a super cute and special photo.

Ricki: Uh oh. Please don’t judge me, but I didn’t finish any of my books this week. This is a consequence of the fact that I am reading six books and listening to three more.

This Week’s Expeditions

Kellee: One more week of school until I can read a lot more. I am going to finish Persepolis. That’s my plan right now. And, of course, reading with Trent.

Ricki: Like many readers, I have a list of books that I never got to. Get ready and hang onto your chair… I have never read Harry Potter. I fell asleep during the movies, so I never had interest in reading the series. I am listening to the audiobook in my car right now.

Upcoming Week’s Posts

top ten tuesday cookie bombs

Tuesday: Ricki’s Top Ten Books Read in 2014

Thursday: Our Last Minute Book Gift Recommendations

 So, what are you reading?

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22 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 12/15/14

  1. I hear you both on the busy! It’s the season. Hopefully during the holidays more reading time will open up. Ricki- I had never read Harry Potter either until I started reading the titles in advance of reading them aloud to my children. They make great read alouds! Of course, that is years away! Enjoy the reading time you get with your boys.

  2. Kay McGriff says:

    Kellee, I love that you had a bell to give Trent when reading The Polar Express. When my daughter was younger, we were able to take a Polar Express train ride. That was fun!
    Ricki, don’t feel bad. I’ve had those weeks when I have been in the middle of lots of books and finished none. What do you think of the Harry Potter audio? I’ve heard such good things about it, but I’ve never listened to it. I love the books, though, and have read the entire series multiple times. I’ve also (nearly) finished the Safistfied Customers book. It has lots of good ideas, [primarliy addressed to businesses) but it is somewhat dated since it was published in 2008. Some of the technology has already changed. (Google Reader no longer exists). I wasn’t familiar with some of the other tools, but they may be changed, too. I did find the book very readable and thought provoking. I hope that helps you decide if your sister would enjoy it.

    • Kay, thank you so much for your help about the book. I just ordered two different books. My sister always likes to be up-to-date, so she would poo-poo a dated book. Ha. The audio book is quite good. He does an incredible job with the voices. I think it is Jim Dale, and he is, so far, one of the best audio book readers I have come across.

    • Kellee says:

      Thank you! I will always remember giving it to him. It may become a yearly thing!
      Where did you go on the Polar Express train ride? That is so neat!

  3. Crystal says:

    The Polar Express is such a fun memory maker. 🙂

    Ricki, I sure hope you don’t fall asleep to Harry Potter this time.

  4. Busy here, too, so I totally understand!

    Polar Express is a classic – so cool that you gave Trent a bell like the one in the story!

    Ricki, hope you enjoy Harry Potter! The audios read by Jim Hale are great – we used to listen to them on road trips.

    Enjoy your books this week!

    Sue

    http://bookbybook.blogspot.com/2014/12/its-monday-1215-what-are-you-reading.html

  5. Ricki, last week was the first week all year when I didn’t finish any books. I managed to get a couple of picture books read, but that was it. Like you, I was in the middle of a bunch of books and did manage to finish a big stack this week. Bring on the December #bookaday! I hope you will enjoy the Harry Potters on audio. I really don’t care for books 1 and 2–but I think book 3 is marvelous.

    • You are going to make me wait it out until book three?! Ha. So far, I enjoy it. It isn’t my favorite audio book, but it is certainly entertaining. My friend just loaned me East of Eden on audio. He expects me to listen to all 22 CDs—and soon. So I suspect that is my next project.

    • Kellee says:

      I semi-agree. I liked #2 on. Number 1 I compare to a pilot of a TV show. It is good, but she didn’t have everything figured out yet. And then #4 on just blow me away.

  6. Linda Baie says:

    No guilt, please! I hope you both have a lovely time taking time off… Enjoy what you can read, forget the rest.

  7. Beth S. says:

    No judgement here Ricki! I fully understand what it’s like to go a week (or more) without finishing any books. 🙂 Here’s to a productive reading week this week.

  8. Enjoy family time and relax… December can be crazy for keeping up with everything… Hooray for holiday books read! 🙂 I’m enjoying a few Hanukah stories presently…

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