It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 12/30/13



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.

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Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee: I was doing so well with Winter Break #bookaday and then Christmas happened! It is so hard to just excuse yourself from all of the family fun to go read and with people from out of town visiting, it was even harder. With that being said, I did read 5 books over this week.

The first 4 were graphic novels: Romeo and Juliet by Gareth Hinds, The Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown, Bluffton by Matt Phelan, and Lost Boy by Greg Ruth. They were all VERY different yet I enjoyed them all in a different way. I’ll be reviewing Dust Bowl and Romeo later in the winter.

The 5th book I read was Fangirl  by Rainbow Rowell and OMG! I read it all in one sitting and I loved every second of it! If you have been following my pregnancy reading at all, you know that sitting down and reading a novel in one sitting has been something that has become hard for me, so I was so proud of finishing Fangirl in one night!

Ricki: This week, I finished The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher. This was quite different from her other book, Stolen. It is a mystery/thriller, and I really enjoyed the way she depicted the setting. I also read several books to baby Henry. We started with a few classics: The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper, Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle (I loved this board book—the see-through sections are beautiful!) and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle. Then, we read some new picture books that were both fantastic! Both were based on true stories. The Man with the Violin is based on a true story and has a wonderful lesson for children (and adults)—to stop and admire the beauty in the world. We also finished On the Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne. This was really fun. I can’t wait to read it to Henry when he is older. I love how it teaches children to be curious.

This Week’s Expeditions

Kellee: I am still listening to Neil Gaiman’s Ocean at the End of the Lane, but I am not getting much reading done during the break without the commute. I love what I’ve read so far, but I don’t know how much I’ll get read this week either. I also started reading You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle and thus far I am really connect with the narrator and I look forward to reading more of it.

Ricki: I am almost finished with The Living by Matt de la Peña. The only reason I haven’t finished it is because I have it in actual book form, and I can only read e-books while nursing. It is very, very good. I am losing some sleep over it because I read it when I should really be sleeping. I also downloaded Winger by Andrew Smith on my Kindle. So far, I am loving it. It is reminding me a bit of John Green’s Looking for Alaska so far.

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38 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 12/30/13”

  1. For some reason, I can’t get myself in the mood to read Fangirl but everyone’s raving about it! And great baby book choices! Mister Seahorse is a great Father’s Day gift.

  2. Loved Dustbowl and Bluffton. Fangirl was a lot of fun. I listened to it. It would seem like winter break would be great for reading, but holidays and family make it a bit challenging for me too. I finished The Living this week and loved it. I am looking forward to the sequel. Have a great week!

  3. Kellee – Fangirl was my number 1 book for 2013. I just couldn’t get enough of it. I love how Rowell ends her books too, even though I know some readers don’t prefer the loose ends. Have you read Attachments? Highly recommend.

    • I didn’t like Eleanor & Park’s ending because I assumed the negative (many people assumed the positive) and I felt cheated; however, I really liked the ending of Fangirl.
      I have not read Attachments–on my TBR now 🙂

    • I was just thinking I wanted to read Attachments. I will have to reserve it from the library. 🙂 Thanks for the recommendation!

  4. Woot to finishing Fangirl, I had to finish it all in one go… just not a “put downable” book! Oohh I didn’t realize Mr. Seahorse was a board book now! Loved The Man with the Violin as well… Winger is now added to my TBR list… happy reading week to you two!

  5. I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE. On the one hand I liked it, on the other hand, I’m just kind of “meh” about it. I think I liked it more because I listened to Gaiman narrate it. I could listen to him talk all day. 🙂

  6. I am two titles (library due dates) away from reading Fangirl! Can’t wait! Impressed with all of the reading you are doing with that little newborn Ricki! I want to read this new Christopher title too. Stolen was haunting.

  7. Ricki – I just read A Man With the Violin and loved it. Keep reading picture books to Henry. You will need to read Please Bring Balloons by Lindsay Ward. Beautiful books. Kellee – I still need to get to the Romeo and Juliet graphic novel, as well as, Lost boy GN.

  8. Hi there Kellee and Ricki, I own a copy of Let it Snow but haven’t read it yet. Seems perfect for the season. I hope to find The man and the violin in our libraries soonest. 🙂 I hope you both have a wonderful 2014, and here’s to more books and readings for the coming year!


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