Monday, August 26, 2013

It's Monday! What are you reading? 8-26-13

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?

Last week I finished reading:

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein 
If you think it will be impossible to love Rose Under Fire as much as Code Name Verity, you would be wrong. This book is equally as compelling, both emotionally and intellectually. I personally found myself even more emotionally invested in this book than CNV

Graphic novels I finished:
Squish: Captain Disaster by Jennifer L. and Matthew Holm
Around the World by Matt Phelan
Tokyo on Foot: Travels in the City's Most Colorful Neighborhoods by Florent Chavouet

I finished listening:

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt
*Sigh* I'm gonna be *that* person again. The one who just couldn't connect with a book that everyone else loved. With the exception of Charlotte's Web and The One and Only Ivan, animal fantasy and me generally don't mesh well.

Picture books I read and enjoyed last week:

The Story of Fish and Snail by Deborah Freedman
Papa's Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Boris Kulikov
I am putting both of these books in the "Caldecott contenders" category. In fact, I'm starting to read so many beautiful 2013 picture books that I decided to make a "Caldecott contenders" shelf on Goodreads.

Currently reading:

Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney
I'm not that far into this one but I'm already loving the magical realism, the art, the dance, and the Parisian setting. Speaking of Starry Night(s), check out my post from yesterday about my ten year odyssey to see my favorite painting of all time: Starry Night by Van Gogh

Currently listening:

Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Current giveaways:
The Year of Shadows by Claire Legrand
Infinityglass by Myra McEntire
Thomas Jefferson's Creme Brulee: How a Founding Father and His Slave James Hemings Introduced French Cuisine to America by Thomas J. Craughwell

Other posts from last week:
Starry Night: A Near Ten Year Odyssey
Big Gay Ice Cream: My new favorite food destination in NYC
The Year of Shadows blog tour


  1. Just requested True Blue Scouts from my library. I loved The Story of Fish and Snail. Papa's Mechanical Fish looks really good. Have a great week!

  2. I still haven't gotten around to my copy of Rose Under Fire! I am also looking forward to Starry Night. I love the Hex Hall series-so cute and fun! Have a great reading week!

  3. Glad to hear that Rose Under Fire was so enjoyable. I'm looking forward to it. I just finished Phelan's Bluffton, which as a Michigan gal, I suspect you'll enjoy the setting. Loved your Starry Night post! :)

  4. Fish and Snail was my first read aloud to my new class- they loved it and are still talking about it!Pap's Mechanical Fish looks good. I want to see everyone's Caldecott list- so exciting!

  5. Fish & Snail is definitely a Caldecott contender for me too. That spread where Snail is looking down into the watery depths of the book Fish just dove into.... Wow! Rose Under Fire is my most-anticipated book of the year for sure. I loved Code Name Verity. I loved it so much I need a new word for it because love just doesn't do it justice. Can't wait to get Rose Under Fire!

  6. YES, YES, and YES to ROSE UNDER FIRE. I completely agree with you. :oD

    I hope you have a great reading week this week!