Every Most Mondays, I send out a #booksaroundtheroom via Twitter, so my students can share what they’re reading with the world. “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 (1791 days) and The Iza (1036 days). I’m excited to hear what you’ve been reading.
I have no idea what happened last week. Looking back, I read, sure, but I’m not sure how or when it happened. I tried to start A Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle like four nights in a row, and just couldn’t get going. I’ve set it aside for a moment, but I loved the first book, so I’ll get to it soon.
Anyway, it was a weird week.
Here’s what I’ve enjoyed during the last week:
I finished three middle grade novels last week.
- Aliens in Disguise, by Clete Barrett Smith. Clete lives in my town. He is great and his books are hilarious middle grade science fiction. This is book 3 in his Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast series.
- The Mouse and the Motorcycle, by Beverly Cleary. I finished reading this aloud to the Corbchops. It took us two months. He is more of a picture book and comic kid right now.
- Holes, by Louis Sachar. I finished reading this aloud to my fifth graders. They loved it, of course.
I finished two graphic novels last week. I love graphic novels!
- Mouse Guard: The Black Axe, by David Peterson. It was awesome, just like all the Mouse Guard books, which are beautiful and epic and awesome. Twice awesome.
- Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Comics: Tales of the Worlds Wildest Beasts, by Rudyard Kipling. It was OK.
I finished one novel in verse this week.
- Etched in Clay: The Life of Dave, Enslaved Potter and Poet, by Andrea Cheng. I like most novels-in-verse, but this one didn’t seem particularly verse-y. I didn’t find much power in the words, which is the whole point of novels-in-verse, yes?
I read 13 picture books last week. My favorite three were:
- That Is not a Good Idea!, by Mo Willems. We love all Mo, but I wonder about the repeat readability of this one.
- Peanut and Fifi Have a Ball, by Randall de Sève and Paul Schmid. Clever and fun.
- Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?, by Eve Bunting and Sergio Ruzzier. Fun and clever.
On the TMCE Guys Read blog, I didn’t review anything last week, even though I promised I would. But I’m writing a review tonight!
Right now When I finish this blog post, I’m reading:
Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell
Book Love, by Penny Kittle
What are you reading?