Monday, August 19, 2013

It's Monday! What are you reading? 8-19-13

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

I had quite a productive reading week last week.

I finished reading:
How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less by Sarah Glidden
Wonderful graphic memoir about the author's birthright trip to Israel and dealing with her conflicting emotions about the political situation there. 

Fearless Writing: Multigenre to Motivate and Inspire by Tom Romano
A writing book that will compel you to change and action in your own teaching. A must-read. 

I finished listening:

Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) by Amy Thomas
I wasn't bowled over by this book. The writing was lovely, but nothing really jumped out at me as memorable.

I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High by Tony Danza
Tony Danza definitely has the heart of a teacher. I have to admit I was quite dubious of his intentions through most of this book but he eventually proved his honor. I can't say I agreed with everything he did, but at the end of the day, he is a champion for teachers and he wants our country to start treating them like the professionals they are. I'm looking forward to his keynote address at NCTE this year.

A couple picture books I particularly enjoyed reading last week:

Desmond and the Very Mean Word by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, illustrated by A.G. Ford
America the Beautiful: Together We Stand Katharine Lee Bates, various illustrators

Last week I reviewed:

Reality Boy by A.S. King

Currently (still) reading:

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Currently listening:

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt

Current giveaway:

Infinityglass by Myra McEntire


  1. Fearless Writing sounds like a must read for a writing teacher - and I'll be waiting for your review of Rose Under Fire, looks great.

  2. I really liked True Blue Scouts. Looking forward to hearing about the audio version.

    Thanks for sharing about How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less - I hadn't heard of that one before, and it sounds right up my alley.

  3. I am really intrigued by the Tony Danza book. It sounds I need to get Fearless Writing. Have a great reading week!

  4. I'm glad to hear your thoughts about Fearless Writing. I found Romano's Crafting Authentic Voice full of useful, practical advice. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Wow! So many books! I am particularly interested in Fearless Writing and I'd Like Apologize to Every Teacher... I have no problem finding books about reading to inspire me, but I am always looking for good book about writing. Thanks for sharing Beth!