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It’s Monday, [January 7]! What are you reading?


It’s time for me to get on this tram. Every Monday, I send out a #booksaroundtheroom via Twitter, so my students can share what they’re reading with the world. And I’ve known about the “It’s Monday! What are you reading?” meme for a while. And now, here I go.

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme co-hosted by Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts. Just like #booksaroundtheroom, it is a way to share books you’ve been reading, reviewing, and loving during the last week. I read a lot, both on my own and with my two kids, Corbchops (4.5) and The Iza (2.5). I’m excited to hear what you’ve been reading.

This was my first week back at school after winter #bookaday. Actually, a half-week–we went back on Wednesday. I read 47 books during #bookaday, but significantly less this week. I crammed in a few on Monday and Tuesday, but then school sucked about 20 hours of previously unscheduled time. Of course, I got to spend those 20 hours with my students, so that was nice. Mostly.

Here’s what I’ve enjoyed during this half-#bookaday/half-workaday week:

Middle Grade:

I finished three middle grade novels last week.

  • Demonkeeper, by local Bellingham author Royce Buckingham. I read this because Mr. Buckingham is the featured author at the Young Authors Conference in March, which I will attend along with about 30 4th and 5th grade writers. It seemed a little above middle grade, but monster-lovers would like it.
  • Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow, by Nathan Bransford. This book was ridiculous and hilarious.
  • The Ancient Realm, by Sarah Leith Bahn. This is the debut novel from a friend of my wife’s family. It was the first book I read in 2013.

Picture Books:

I read 8 picture books last week. My favorite three were:

  • Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show, by Michael Buckley and Dan Santat. I won a copy from Mr. Schu! It’s autographed!
  • Not a Box, by Antoinette Portis. I love the simple, effective art in this book.
  • An Orange for Frankie, by Patricia Polacco. The last holiday book we had left to read before returning them all to the public library. A sweet, sweet story.


On the TMC Guys Read Blog, I reviewed Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities, by Mike Jung.


Right now, I’m reading:

Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust, by Doreen Rappaport


What are you reading?



  1. msyingling says:

    My middle school boys love Demonkeepers, as well as The Dead Boys. I can see your point for 3rd graders, though!

  2. Such a varied list. All of the middle grade boos are new to me. Thanks for sharing!

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