It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/30/13



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

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Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee: This last week, I had the pleasure of reading The Real Boy by Anne Ursu. I can see now why everyone is raving about the book; it deserves all of the recognition it is getting. Although it was a single book week, it was a wonderful single book!

Ricki: This week, I listened to the I Am the Messenger audiobook. I love Markus Zusak, and I really thought I would love this one. I found the storyline to be very sweet and the book’s message to be good, but it felt a bit slow to me. Ed’s adventures became a bit repetitive for me, and perhaps I would have enjoyed the book more if I wasn’t listening to it.

This Week’s Expeditions

Kellee: This week I plan on reading Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown. I actually saw a student reading this at school and began talking to her about Jeffrey Brown books. When she found out I hadn’t read this one, she brought it to me when she finished so I could borrow it. I look forward to talking to her about it.

I also have a pile of picture books we are going to review soon that I want to read and I cannot wait! The pile includes Penguin on Vacation and Bogart and Vinnie—both picture books I have been waiting to read.

Ricki: I am reading several books at once. I have about 50 pages left of The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp, which is very fun. It reminds me very much of The Catcher in the Rye. I am still listening to Annexed by Sharon Dogar on my rides to and from work. I am slowly pounding my way through the 2014 Printz list on GoodReads’ Listopia. I want to be prepared! Anyone have any predictions?

Upcoming Week’s Posts

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 So, what are you reading?

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28 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/30/13”

  1. I also enjoyed The Real Boy. I just picked up Jedi Academy today. Question, I had it as an arc, but didn’t read it in time. If I post a review on my site, should I go ahead and send that review to Netgalley even though it wasn’t from the ARC reading? Thoughts? Thanks for the Printz List link – though I really don’t need more for my TBR. Have a great week!

  2. Kellee, I had the pleasure of reading an ARC of Real Boy several months ago and loved it. Ricki, Annexed is one that I’m looking forward to reading–will be curious to see what you think of it. On my blog today, I’ve reviewed a new Anne Frank story for young readers.
    Natalie @Biblio Links

    • I think I would enjoy it more if I was reading it. It is a great book, but listening to it is very depressing. There are very few moments where the voice doesn’t sound sad, and it is really making my drives to work very sad. I expected this, due to the topic, but if I did it over again, I would have read it rather than listen to it.

  3. Oh, I keep hearing such wonderful things about The Real Boy. I keep getting mixed signals on whether The Real Boy is a sequel to Breadcrumbs, though. Do I need to read Breadcrumbs first or is it actually a stand alone?

  4. Add me to the list of those so excited to read The Real Boy! Jedi Academy is on my night stand as well Kellee. My children have read it and loved it. Thanks Ricki for the 2014 list link – I’m off to check it out. Happy reading to you both!

    • I hope you find it helpful! It is just a list that people have been using to vote. I just like to read the books that everyone is loving. An added bonus would be if one of the books end up winning the award and I read it ahead of time.

  5. Kellee- enjoy those beautiful picture books! Thrilled you enjoyed The Real Boy just as much! 🙂 Ricki, I am glad to know to just read I am the Messenger, enjoying Enchanted now, finished Sold, so powerful. I do admit that sometimes I listen to audiobooks at 1.25 speed to make myself pay attention. 🙂

  6. I can’t wait to read The Real Boy! I’m anxiously awaiting it from the library. I mention Journey in my post this week and describe it as a wonderful mashup of a David Wiesner book and Harold and the Purple Crayon. I love David Ezra Stein, so I’m happily adding that title to my TBR! Have a great week!

  7. I definitely want to read The Real Boy. That list of possible Printz books is so daunting! The ones I have read are all so great…what a difficult decision that will be for the committee. Have a good reading week!

  8. It’s cool that a student lent you a book, K! And, R, I love lists and reading challenges and it’s always rewarding to cross a book off that list! So many books to read and most of them have been praised for various reasons!


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