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.
Ricki is currently away on maternity leave! She has lined up reviews for the time she is away. While spending time with the newest member of her family, she is also working hard on completing her dissertation and is trying to focus her time accordingly. Ricki is looking forward to returning to share books with you all! Happy reading!
Last Week’s Posts
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Last Week’s Journeys
I’m so glad I finally was able to finish Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet. Her mix of history and story reminded me of Ruta Sepetys’s novels with its clearly researched information with a story that holds the reader (except middle grade). I learned a lot while also loving the characters.
I also read five picture books: Two that aren’t out yet but shouldn’t be missed, and three that are out, so if you haven’t read them you should go get them. Roar! by Tammi Sauer and Mo’s Mustache by Ben Clanton are both quite silly but have themes about friendship that definitely will be perfect for growing up. Dad and the Dinosaur by Gennifer Choldenko and illustrated by Dan Santat was not what I thought it was going to be; however, I still enjoyed it. I hope readers remind their sons that being scared isn’t something to be ashamed of though.
My two favorites were Life on Mars by Jon Agee and Hug Machine by Scott Campbell. Life on Mars is stunning–both in story and in illustrations. I’m also pretty excited about it because it is really hard to find sci-fi picture books. Hug Machine is such a feel good book that made me smile all the way through.
This Week’s Expeditions
After Echo, I had quite a book hangover and wasn’t sure what audiobook I was going to listen to next because I didn’t know if anything could live in the aftermath of Echo; however, I felt it was probably a safe bet to get something off of our Mock Newbery book club list, and I was right! Counting Thyme is a special book about a middle schooler balancing her life and the illness of her younger brother who is in a drug trial in NYC. The audiobook is well produced, and I am loving the story.
Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand is the last book I am reading in preparation for NCTE. I chose the order of my reads randomly so there was no reason why this is last, but I am glad it is because it is beautiful and fascinating, and it is a perfect way to end my reads for NCTE.
Upcoming Week’s Posts
Tuesday: Ten Scary Books I Recommend to Jumpy People
Wednesday: Who Wins?: 100 Historical Figures Go Head-to-Head and You Decide the Winner! by Clay Swartz
Thursday: The Water Princess by Susan Verde
Friday: #TrueFriends with Kirby Larson, Augusta Scattergood, Barbara O’Connor, and Susan Hill Long
Sunday: Author Guest Post!
So, what are you reading?
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