Monday, July 21, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading? 7-21-14

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?

My Monday posts are generally just a highlight of what I've been reading during the week so if you'd like to see all that I've been reading, follow my Goodreads page.

Last week I reviewed:

A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban
Barefoot in Paris by Ina Garten

My favorite picture book from last week was:

Emily's Blue Period by Cathleen Daly, illustrated by Lisa Brown
I liked how this book was kind of a combination of a picture book and early reader since it had chapters, but it still had more of a picture book feel to it.

Still Reading:

Smek for President! by Adam Rex 

Still reading with my ears:

After the End by Amy Plum  
This book has such an interesting premise: a girl thinks the world had been decimated by World War III 30 years earlier, only to realize that her clan had been lying to her all along when she discovers civilization. I'm really enjoying this so far.


  1. After the End sounds interesting! Makes me want to read it or watch the South Park episode with a sort-of similar premise.

  2. I need to read A Crooked Kind of Perfect. I don't know why I haven't done so yet. I have heard a lot of good things about Emily's Blue Period as well. After the End does sound really interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Oh how I adored A Crooked Kind of Perfect! What a book. Urban is just SO good. Emily's Blue Period is one of my favourite picture books of the year. Did you read Prudence Wants a Pet?

  4. Hi! I've wanted to get a copy of Emily's Blue Period. It sounds like it would be a good transition book for readers. Thank you for sharing it, and thank you for giving away a copy of Snicker yesterday! I saw that on Instagram and smiled. :) Happy reading!

  5. I have After the End at home. I want to read it, but I am worried that I will have a long painful wait for more! I guess I should just dig in. Have a great week ~Megan

  6. I have the book of After the End and look forward to reading it. I loved Emily's Blue Period, too! And anything by Linda Urban is wonderful to read!

  7. I just broke down and ordered Emily's Blue Period. Hope it arrives today! I appreciated your review of the Barefoot Contessa cookbook--didn't realize those recipes were all online! I usually have to modify her recipes--they have too much extra oil and butter for me (I complain as I sit in the coffee shop eating a frosted sugar cookie, LOL).

  8. I'm really looking forward to Emily's Blue Period. My eyes are out to get my hands on a copy.

    Looking forward to hearing more about Smek for President. The cover seems like it would have kid appeal, but sometimes the book is still too much for my 4th graders to handle. I'll be curious about what you think.

  9. I wonder if Emily's Blue Period would be considered for the Newbery or Caldecott. I think it has potential for both. It is my favorite PB of the year.

  10. I'm so glad Cathleen Daly wrote the Emily story. I think it will mean a lot to kids in that same situation. I like how she pulled art into it, as well!

  11. I'm so glad you read A Crooked Kind of Perfect. I knew it was a book you would enjoy :)

    Happy reading this week!

  12. After the End sounds quite intriguing! I missed meeting Lisa Brown this past Sun. who was signing all her illus. books including Emily's Blue Period... love her work. Happy reading to you...

  13. Hello there Beth, After the End sounds like a book that would fit our current theme quite nicely. Glad to see the Emily story - one that a lot of kids may need nowadays. Thank you for sharing about the format of the book as well. :) Smek for President looks fun. :)