Monday, February 11, 2013

It's Monday! What are you reading? 2-11-13

Originally hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, Jen and Kellee  over at Teach Mentor Texts also host a kidlit version of It's Monday! What are You Reading?

Last week I finished reading:
 Camp Babymouse by Jennifer L. and Matthew Holm

Period 8 by Chris Crutcher
I was disappointed with this one. Definitely not my favorite work of Crutcher's. Currently working on a review to work out my thoughts on this one.

Energize Research Reading and Writing by Christopher Lehman
Christopher Lehman wants to give teachers the tools to let students embrace research. So often the term "research paper" instills visions of tedium, apathy, and academic detachment. Students only do it because it is forced upon them by their teachers. But Lehman wants to change all that. He wrote this book as a toolkit for teachers to empower students with choice and curiosity in their own learning endeavors.  It's also a great book to empower teachers to change their perspective on how to teach research.

Currently reading:
The Fellowship for Alien Detection by Kevin Emerson

Currently (still) listening:

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Last week I reviewed:
Riot by Walter Dean Myers
Loved this audiobook. Great full cast production and soundtrack.

The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn, by  Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Barry Blitt
This is by far one of the most entertaining, memorable biographies I've ever read. I laughed out loud the whole time. Despite the fact that this is supposed to be about Mark Twain, Huck definitely steals the show in this one.

Current giveaway:
 Notes from Ghost Town and The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison (ends 3/4)

Last week I also wrote about my sadness in discovering my favorite restaurant closed:
In memory of tapas, sangria, and traditions with friends


  1. I own a copy of Like Water for Chocolate but haven't read it yet, but I've seen the film (or so I think, I can't remember any longer). Shadow of the Wind is a favorite. Carlos Ruiz Zafon has a gift with words. I would be catching up on the Babymouse books soon! I've checked our library database and it seems like we have quite a few titles!

  2. How is the audio of Shadow of the Wind? That is one of my favorite books and would love to do a reread sometime...but maybe I should listen? Have a great week!

  3. I too have an ARC of Alien Detection and met Kevin Emerson her in Seattle during ALA-MW. I'd love to see if we can get him to come out to our school since he's local! And I'm totally moving up The Adventure of Mark Twain up in my pile.

  4. Oh no :( Sad to hear about Period 8 :(
    I want Chris's book- he was such a great person that I know that his book is going to be fabulous as well.

    Happy reading this week! :)

  5. Oooh, I want to check out the Walter Dean Myers book. I was looking for an audiobook for my (short) car rides to and from work. This looks manageable! Thanks for sharing! Happy reading!

  6. Energize Research and Writing looks fascinating... Loved Shadow of the Wind as an audiobook...

  7. I picked Christopher Lehman's book at NCTE after I heard his presentation there. He really made me think...