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It’s Monday, [June 3]! What are you reading?


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 (1812 days) and The Iza (1056 days). I’m excited to hear what you’ve been reading.

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Camping again last week. But this time, instead of rain, it was pleasant. And instead of other friends and kids, it was grandparents. And you know what grandparents means: More reading time.

Here’s what I’ve enjoyed during the last week:

Middle Grade:

I finished three middle grade novels and one informational book last week.

Graphic Novels:

I finished two graphic novels last week. I love graphic novels!

  • Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes, by Neil Gaiman. I’ve never read Sandman. Reading so many graphic novels has rekindled my comic love. This is for grown-ups.
  • The Reason for Dragons, by Chris Northrop. This YA graphic novel was mostly enjoyable and often funny .

Picture Books:

Somehow I only read 1 new picture book last week. Actually, it was because the library was closed on Monday, when I usually get books. Which means there are 17 books waiting for me today!

  • Dragon, by Jody Bergsma. My son loves dragons. This is by a local author/artist. It was OK.

Professional Books:

I finished 1 professional book this week.

  • Book Love, by Penny Kittle. Even though this books is targeted for high school English teachers, I loved it and found it very relevant. I’ve been telling everyone about it, teachers or not.


On the TMCE Guys Read blog, I didn’t review anything last week. Which means I failed my three-reviews-per-month goal, for the first time since making it. I will try to make up for it this summer…


Right now When I finish this blog post, I’m reading:

White Fur Flying, by Patricia MacLachlan


What are you reading?



  1. Titanic and Preludes & Nocturnes were on my IMWAYR list too! Both great books. I am going to try to read all the sandman comics. The art took me a while to get used to, but they are so very well-written and creepy beyond belief.

  2. megan says:

    I just finished Hero’s Guide and loved it! I love graphic novels too. I am in kind of a slump waiting for some of my favorite series to have new books, especially Fables, Walking Dead, and Locke & Key. I am enjoying Eric Shanower’s Oz series too! http://wp.me/pzUn5-1yt

    • I haven’t read Fables, Walking Dead (I have Vol. 1 on hold from the public library), or Locke & Key. I will check them out.

      I read a couple of Shanower’s original Oz graphic novels. They were faithful adaptations, but I like the art is his new ones with Skottie Young way more.

  3. I love Penny Kittle’s book so much! I’m thinking about requiring it in the college Methods class I teach in fall. I really enjoyed Titanic, which I read as part of The Hub 2013 Reading Challenge. Some very good nonfiction on that list–including Moonbird and Bomb, two other big favorites of mine this year. I didn’t think I would enjoy Titanic, but I loved it. What a wonderful read aloud! And grandparents are AWESOME! I’m trying to keep working on The Hub reading challenge this week because it ends in June and I’m still about 8 books short, plus it’s Barbara Pym Reading Week, so I’ll be rereading a favorite Pym novel. Happy reading to you!

    • 2012 was a great year for nonfiction. For everything, really. If authors keep this up, it will be impossible to read all the good stuff out there. It’s already hard enough. Thank goodness for networks like ours–they help us find the “can’t miss”es.

      Your challenges sound motivating. I don’t think I’ve read any Barbara Pym.

      Have a great week!

  4. bluestockingthinking says:

    Yup, I’ve got to get Book Love! I wish my high school/middle school teachers were like Penny Kittle…imagine…

  5. Sandman is brilliant. I just don’t know how Neil Gaiman has so many of these stories and amazeball ideas in his head. He is a genius.

    Hero’s Guide is one of my favorite humor books! Chris Healy is pretty darn funny.

    Book Love is so great! What a wonderful philosophy- I wish every teacher would read it.

    And I cannot wait to read the Titanic book- I am quite fascinated with that doomed ship.

    Happy reading this week! 🙂

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