Monday, April 8, 2013

It's Monday! What are you reading? 4-8-13

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?

Books I read and enjoyed last week:

The Great Paper Caper by Oliver Jeffers
What happens when trees mysteriously begin disappearing in the forest? The animals begin an investigation. It may or may not have to do with a bear and a paper airplane. Loved this quirky story with Jeffers's unmistakable illustrations. 

Odd Velvet by Mary Burg Whitcomb, illustrated by Tara Calhan King
Lovely story of an odd child and the kids in her class learning to accept her. A good book to pair with Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson to explore different outcomes to similar situations.

Iceland by Barbara A. Somervill 
Yes, I totally just read this kid book to research my summer trip to Iceland. :)

My husband and I decided that since flights to Iceland were significantly cheaper than to mainland Europe, we will be going there for our 10 year anniversary trip. We are immersing ourselves in all things Iceland these days in preparation for our trip. 

Last week I finished listening:

How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford

Fans of John Green will really dig this book I think. Or maybe I'm just saying that because Kate Rudd was the audiobook narrator and I had Hazel Grace Lancaster stuck in my head. Standiford's main character of Bea does remind you a bit of Hazel (even without the fact that she's narrated by the same actress) if she hadn't had cancer. Bea's relationship with Jonah "Ghost Boy" is unique and endearing and has very much that whole "us against the world" kind of vibe. I must admit I was disappointed with the ending but I can't tell you why because that would be revealing too much. 

Currently (still) reading:
Twerp by Mark Goldblatt

Currently listening:

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 
Currently on disc 2 and I am already hooked. I've heard such polarizing things about this book so I just had to find out for myself what all the hype was about.

 Last week I reviewed:
A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff 

Last week I also posted:
Let's explore and discover poetry instead of dissecting it
A benign text message reminds me that we're nearing the end 


  1. Hi Beth! I love your blog! I too am a big reader and an English teacher as well. :) I just finished listening to The Fault in Our Stars today in my car (sniff sniff) and now I'm excited to take your advice and dive into How to Say Goodbye in Robot. I LOVED Kate Rudd's reading and would love to hear more of her. Thanks for the great suggestions!

  2. Odd Velvet looks like a sweet story. I like her glasses and flying pigtails :) I have Twerp on my e-reader now, but haven't started it yet. I'll keep an eye out for your thoughts!

  3. Hmm. . How to Say Goodbye in Robot - you hooked me! Going on the TBR list. Love, love, love Odd Velvet! I read this a few months ago with my class. Kids had the best responses!