Monday, April 30, 2012

It's Monday! What are You Reading?

In light of the big plagiarism kerfuffle going on right now, I've decided that I won't be participating in In My Mailbox any longer.  Since "It's Monday! What are You Reading?" is hosted by my teaching tweeps, Jen and Kellee, over at Teach Mentor Texts and many of my teaching tweeps participate in it, I think this is a good time to participate in a new meme.

What I read last week:
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (audiobook)
The audio of this book is nowhere near as wonderful as reading the book yourself. The narrator's interpretation of St. Clair's voice is nowhere near what I pictured it in my mind.

The Dirty Cowboy by Amy Timberlake, illustrated by Adam Rex
A review of this book is coming soon. In the wake of this book being banned by a Pennsylvania school district, I'm going to promote this book as much as I can!

Squish: Brave New Pond by Jennifer and Matthew Holm
Oh how I love Squish. If I had fun stories like this to read when I was in school maybe I wouldn't have hated science so much.

Currently reading (or listening):

Bad Hair Day by Carrie Harris
I requested this one on NetGalley and I'm very excited to read it. I'm about halfway through and it is just as sassy and funny as Bad Taste in Boys. Plus, Carrie Harris visited my class last week so I love that I get to read this before it's out in November.

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen (audiobook)
James Van Der Beek is the narrator of this audiobook. How cool is that? Not to mention this book is downright hilarious. Hiaasen is very much poking fun at the whole debacle with Bear Grylls and Man vs. Wild.

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (audiobook)
I did not like this book at all when I was in school but I'm trying it again because I know I need to read more books that appeal to boys. I'm definitely liking it more now than I did when I was a kid. The audio version of this book is a little hokey... it plays sad music every time Brian has a flashback to a painful memory.

Paris in Love by Eloisa James
I received the ARC of this book a couple weeks ago and I just started it. Not sure how I feel about it yet. It's told in very small anecdotes (some of them almost Twitter-sized) and it doesn't really have a flow to it. But I'm not that far into it so we'll see if the format grows on me.


  1. Hatchet is my favorite book of all time. I hope you can enjoy it (or at least find the value of passing it onto students!).

    I saw that The Dirty Cowboy was banned at a school. I haven't read the book yet, but would like to see why in the world would make a school think it was obscene!

    Enjoy your week in reading, looks like you always accomplish a lot in your adventures with books!

  2. Any banned book makes it to my I'll be on the lookout for your review!

  3. Hatchet is a favorite of mine as well. I gave The Dirty Cowboy to both of my nieces and they both hated it. I thought it was great and the only thing I could figure out was that the protagonist was a male, and a not very "cute" one at that. I was so disappointed in their reaction! I'll be interested to hear what you have to say about it!

  4. James Van Der Beek?!?! That is so cool. I may have to get the audiobook instead of reading it.
    I, too, ordered Dirty Cowboy. I am baffled by its banning...

    Happy reading this week!