Monday, June 24, 2013

It's Monday! What are you reading? 6-24-13

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?

Hello everyone! So I missed last week's "It's Monday!" post because I was in Iceland. My husband and I had an amazing time there and I already wrote a few posts about it, one about our food adventures, and one Thoughts from Places video.

This past weekend I attended the Kids Read Comics event at the Ann Arbor District Library for the second year in a row. It was so much fun! I will definitely be going again next year.

I feel like I'm finally getting back on my reading game. Last school year really kicked my butt in terms of getting much reading done. Now that it's summer I feel like reading is enjoyable again because I don't have anything hanging over my head that makes me feel guilty for sitting down and reading instead of getting all that other stuff on my to-do list done.

So last week (and the week before), this is what I read and enjoyed:

A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe It Or Not" Ripley by Neal Thompson 
A review of this one will be coming soon.

Graphic Novel:
  Squish: Game On! by Jennifer and Matthew Holm

Hold Fast by Blue Balliett
Vive La Paris by Esme Raji Codell

Picture Books:

Goal! by Mina Javaherbin, illustrated by A.G. Ford
Bogart and Vinnie: A Completely Made-Up Story of True Friendship by Audrey Vernick, illustrated by Henry Cole

Last week I reviewed:

When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney

Currently Reading:
Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado
Thomas Jefferson's Creme Brulee: How a Founding Father and His Slave James Hemings Introduced French Cuisine to America by Thomas J. Craughwell

Currently listening:
The Wig in the Window by Kristin Kittscher
Paris My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) by Amy Thomas

Check out my current giveaway: The Keep by Veronica Wolff (ends 6/30)


  1. So cool that you traveled to Iceland! How fun! A Curious Man and the Thomas Jefferson book both sound really interesting. How did you like the audiobook of Hold Fast? That book is such a celebration of language...I bet it could be brilliant on audio (but it also could be awful depending on narration). You certainly seem to have enjoyed your week of reading. I hope you can continue to read for enjoyment. Have a great reading week!

    1. I loved Hold Fast as an audiobook. Bahni Turpin has become my favorite audiobook narrator (she's eclipsed Jim Dale) and she did an amazing job with this one.

    2. I am going to have to check Bahni Turpin - always looking for a good narrator. Have you tried Katherine Kellgren? I could listen to her read the phone book.

  2. Hi Beth, I think I really need to read Wig in the Window. Bogart and Vinnie looks interesting too. I loved Hold Fast. Hope you re enjoying your summer!

  3. It sounds as if your summer is off to a wonderful start! Iceland sounds great. I just spoke to another person who was traveling there! Lots of good books here. The Jefferson book especially is interesting. Thanks!

  4. I was wondering the same as was the audio of Hold Fast? I loved seeing the language and wordplay, so I hope that translated well through the audio!
    I'm curious about your Thoughts From Places to check it out for myself!

    1. I loved Hold Fast as an audiobook. Bahni Turpin has become my favorite audiobook narrator (she's eclipsed Jim Dale) and she did an amazing job with this one.

  5. I always love hearing what you enjoy on audio! I've got Squish #4 and #5 in my near term reading stack! And the Jefferson book sounds super interesting. --Lorna

  6. Still amazed that you went to Iceland! So fantastic. My class loved Goal! It was such an accessible book about play/soccer and the worry of bullies on the scene. Hold Fast must have been wonderful as an audio book.

  7. You have been quite the busy bee! I am looking forward to reading your posts this week. :)