Monday, May 20, 2013

It's Monday! What are you reading? 5-20-13

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?

I feel very accomplished because last week I finished two novel-length books:

The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner
I really liked this story, I just wanted to know the characters more. I felt like the novel ended just as I was getting to know them.

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
I adored everything about this foodie graphic memoir. I will be writing a longer review of this one very soon!

Picture books I read and enjoyed last week:
Because You Are My Teacher by Sherry North, illustrated by Marcellus Hall
A beautiful extended metaphor for what all classrooms should be: a vessel for inquiry and exploration. 

Gandhi: The March to the Sea by Alice B. McGinty, illustrated by  Thomas Gonzalez
A great supplemental text to use when studying about the Salt March. This book is way more interesting than a dry, voiceless social studies textbook. 

Last week I reviewed:

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

The Frank Show by David Mackintosh

The Chew: Food. Life. Fun

Currently reading:

The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr

Currently (still) listening:
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell   
Until I Die by Amy Plum   


  1. You certainly read a wonderful variety of books. Yhe one on Gandhi sounds wonderful, as does Relish - a graphich novel about food, how much fun is that?!

  2. I adored The Frank Show. My Dad is a Frank and he has a gaggle of grandchildren. Last time he came to my classroom, I showed him this book and he spent the afternoon laughing over it and sharing it with many little readers! I am curious about this other Sara Zarr title - The Lucy Variations. I will wait and see how you like it :-) I really enjoyed How to Save a Life.

  3. I really enjoyed The Pull of Gravity! You had a great week of reading! I'm very interested in Gandhi: THe March to the Sea - I will have to look into that one. Thanks for sharing! :)

  4. I am interested to see what you thought of Relish. I love foodie type memoirs.

  5. I agree, you always have such an interesting mix of books! I'm planning to reread The Pull of Gravity this summer so we can read in class and Skype with Gae!

  6. I'm reading The Host by Stephenie Meyer.

  7. I've just read Demi's Gandhi (drafted a review post for that one). I'm thinking that this lovely book you have here would be a great companion book especially since Demi also made mention of the Salt March. The Frank Show looks especially cute. :)

  8. Thanks for reminding me that I wanted to check out Relish!

  9. What a great mix of books read this past week! I'm still waiting to get my hands on Eleanor & Park since lots of people have been raving about that.