Monday, August 11, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading? 8-11-14

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.

OMG I start back to school next week. I am so not prepared.

Last week I finished reading:

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin
So good! And so unusual. This docu-novel is about an up and coming artist who experiences a mysterious and untimely death. With that description it sounds like it will be a mystery, but it's really just exploring the life of a complicated character known as Addison Stone. 

I finished THREE audiobooks last week!

The One by Kiera Cass
Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord

Still reading:

Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family by Kathleen Flinn
Wondrous Words: Writers and Writing in the Elementary Classroom by Katie Wood Ray 


  1. I loved half a chance and Absolutely Almost. I have been wondering about Burnt Toast Makes you Sing Good so will be excited to hear what you think.

  2. I have not read any of Cynthia Lord's novels yet, I really need to fix that! Can't wait to see what you think of Burnt Toast! Looks interesting :)

  3. I'm rereading a Katie Wood Ray right now too--The Writing Workshop. Just love her books and find something new every time I read them. I start back next week too and am also seriously unprepared. Hoping to completely gut my online Children's Lit class and redesign, doing something much closer to what I do in the face-to-face version of the course, but wow, it's a lot of work. I know it's worth it, but I'm dragging my feet. Also have a brand-new course to prep (though that will be experimental with me and students designing the course together as we go, so I just have to figure out broad parameters), and then I've got the Brit Lit survey and need to brush up on Beowulf so I'm ready to go. (We do the Gareth Hinds graphic novel, much to the disbelief of all my colleagues, LOL.) So. Much. Work. This is going to be a busy week--probably not as full of reading as I'd like. Hope you get lots done and feel very ready and prepared by the weekend!

  4. I have Burnt Toast on hold-coming soon I hope. My library is helpful! Hope you're enjoying Wondrous Words-so dense, but helpful I think. Read it a while ago. Best to you in this beginning of the year!

  5. I really liked Half a Chance - the more I think about this book, I think I would like to do it as a read aloud. Good luck with your school prep!

  6. I really need to go to Absolutely Almost! I keep hearing such wonderful things about it! I also had a great audiobook week. Aren't they great? :)

  7. How were the audios for Absolutely Almost and Half a Chance? I would love to read both of them, and the audio may be the way to go.
    I haven't read any Katie Wood Ray books, but that may be because I wasn't introduced to workshop until I only taught reading. May have to look into reading some of her stuff :)

  8. Oh wow, three audio books! Still haven't warmed up to the experience of listening to books - I suppose a lot of this really depends on how awesome the audio-narrator is. Addison Stone sounds very interesting, thanks for sharing! :)

  9. Absolutely Almost was a really interesting read - finished that one this week too!