Monday, January 13, 2014

It's Monday! What are your reading? 1-13-14

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 reviewed:

Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
When Audrey Met Alice by Rebecca Behrens

I finished reading:

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
Alright. I've staked my claim. This one is already my favorite to win the 2015 Newbery. You heard it here first folks. 

No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
I've always been fascinated with the Harlem Renaissance and while Lewis Michaux's Harlem bookstore opened after this golden age in African American literary history, the spirit of it lived on in his book store. 

I finished listening to:

From Norvelt to Nowhere by Jack Gantos 
Jack Gantos narrating the audiobook certainly makes this one, along with the first book, worth a listen.

Picture books I enjoyed last week:

Once Upon a Memory by Nina Laden, illustrated by Renata Liwska
Renata Liwska has such a distinct, gentle illustration style that I can always pinpoint her books before I even read the name of the illustrator on the cover. She is one of my favorites. 

Water Can Be... by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Violeta Dabija
Simply beautiful. I loved this one even more than A Leaf Can Be...

Currently reading:

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs 

Currently listening to:

In the Age of Love and Chocolate by Gabrielle Zevin
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Interrupted Tale by Maryrose Wood


  1. A Snicker of Magic looks worth a little investigating after that claim! Looking forward to reading it.

  2. Well 2015 Newbery! That is HIGH praise! I'm very excited to read this story. I read your review of Counting by 7s and I think you recommended wonderful other titles that would also be loved by readers of this book. I can think of some kids I know who would love it.

  3. Well, I'll have to get my hands on a copy of A Snicker of Magic!

  4. Thanks for sharing my book--I'm so glad you liked it!

  5. Wow, now I've got to read Snicker of Magic! I agree about Renata Liwska--I really like her style.

  6. Well not I am waiting for A Snicker of Magic to come out in March - I will pre-order it now so that it will be like a breath of spring in March. I am currently reading Counting by 7's and am really enjoying the characters. Thanks for the suggestions!
    - Georgette

  7. Thank you for alerting me that Miss Peregrine has a sequel out soon! I haven't finished reading the first book yet, but this is sufficient motivation for me to get that book spine cracking this year! :)

  8. Oh my word, I LOVE Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and can't wait to read Hollow City! I haven't even it until now! Is it totally awesome?!

  9. This finally pushed Counting By 7s into my TBR list -- I've see it recommended many times, and your review tipped me over. Have a good reading week.

  10. I enjoyed No Crystal Stair. It's always interesting when a book is so good that people are already thinking it's an award nominee. I can't wait for the 27th to see who'll win this year!