It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/29/14



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 Posts

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Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read List

Wednesday: Recent Nonfiction (Mostly) Picture Books Part One: Informational

Friday: Rory’s Promise Blog Tour with Book Trailer and Author Q&A

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 Last Week’s Journeys

Kellee: This week wasn’t as successful reading-wise as last week, but I did read a really good book in celebration of Banned Books Week–Cleopatra in Space by Mike Maihack. It is a super fun graphic novel! I cannot wait for more in the series. Love the inclusion of Egyptian history in a sci-fi world.

On the other hand, Trent and I read some board books that are definitely going to be some of our favorites and will be read over and over again including the classics The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, Five Little Monkeys by Eileen Christelow, Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton. But my favorite this week was Your Personal Penguin by Sandra Boynton. It is just as good as her others, but what made me love it even more is the song that you can get off of her website. I have been singing it to Trent all week! It is wonderful!

Ricki: This week, I finished listening to Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. This popular adult fiction made me laugh and made me cry. It is a very touching, British story about a young woman in her 20s who becomes caregiver to a paralyzed man in his 30s. At one point, I texted my husband that I would be in the house soon. I couldn’t leave my car because I didn’t want to stop listening.

Henry and I received some great, new picture books from one of our best friends. We started reading them this week, but some are holiday-themed, so we hold off on sharing them until we get closer to the holidays! We enjoyed I Know a Bear by Mariana Ruiz Johnson and discussed its beautiful message. I taught (10-month-old) Henry all about implicit themes as his father chuckled in the next room.

This Week’s Expeditions

Kellee: I started The Secret Diary of Celie Valentine: Friendship Over by Julie Sternberg, and I will definitely finish it this week in preparation for our blog tour stop on October 10th. I also cannot wait to read Mac Barnett’s newest Sam & Dave Dig A Hole which I recently got.  And if I have time, I have 4 baseball biographies by Matt Tavares I cannot wait to read (and I have the honor of writing a teaching guide for them).

Trent and I are going to do some rereads of favorites this week because it has been a ton of fun reading 210 books in 219 days of his life, but I feel like we need to revisit some of the ones I really love.

Ricki: As much as I love reading the same five board books over and over again with Henry because they are staples in my living room and his nursery, I will be branching out and exploring the new picture books we received this week. I also received two great ARCs from Penguin Random House this week, so I will be sharing and reviewing both of those soon.

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Upcoming Week’s Posts

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Tuesday: Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Us To Read

Wednesday: Recent Nonfiction (Mostly) Picture Books Part Two: Biographies

 So, what are you reading?

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15 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/29/14”

  1. Oh, my daughter and I loved The Runaway Bunny and Mike Mulligan! I well remember the days of reading the same books over and over. I’ve noticed that my now teen daughter has been doing the same thing lately. She says returning to old favorites is relaxing, especially in the midst of all the work and stress of high school.

    • Which is exactly why they are classics. They are so good!
      I look forward to rereading our favorites. I feel like we’ve been reading so many but haven’t had a chance to fall in love with some.

    • Old favorites is extremely relaxing. Henry and I explore the same old favorites quite often. I have a stack of brand new books, yet I still can’t resist reading Goodnight Moon each night. Isn’t that funny?

  2. A new Julie Sternberg? Woo! That’s exciting news. Ricki, I love it when I’m listening to an audio that’s so engaging I have to sit in my car when I get home to finish listening to it! I’ll have to look for Me Before You at my library. I rarely read adult fiction, but I will listen to it on audio.

  3. Ricki, I’m so glad you loved Me Before You. I have her newest one I can’t wait to get to… one day!
    Kellee, can’t wait to hear about the Friendship book. I have it but don’t think I’ll be getting to it anytime soon.
    Have a great week ladies!

  4. I love hearing about your reading with these lovely little boys in your life. The Runaway Bunny was one of the first books gifted to us and my husband bawled reading it! I love that you are having important literary discussions with Henry Ricki! I’m sure he’s absorbing it all 🙂


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