Monday, October 27, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading? 10-27-14

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 finished reading with my ears:
Monster by Walter Dean Myers 
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Both of these selections were assigned reading for my prizing children's literature class.

Picture books I loved: 

The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee
How Marla Frazee managed to make this book endearing rather than creepy is true talent because, let's face it, clowns are creepy. This book, however, will convert even the most persistent of clown-haters. 

Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle
Maybe because I am a huge fan of figure skating, but I liked this one better than Flora and the Flamingo.

Currently Reading:

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
I'm not one to reread books unless I'm required to. There are just so many books out there in the world that I want to read that it's hard to justify rereading one. Needless to say, I'm grateful that my prizing children's literature class is requiring me to reread this because coming back to it has been like visiting with an old friend. It's definitely one of those blanket books Kurt Stroh was talking about.

Paused reading:

Winger by Andrew Smith
Since the amount of reading for both of my grad classes has increased, I had to put this one on hold for a while. I look forward to going back to it though in a few weeks.  

Currently reading with my ears:

Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

Last week I posted:
HUGE giveaway from Kimberly Griffiths Little, author of FORBIDDEN
Why I haven't talked about food in a while

On my teaching blog I posted:
Happiness is a baby grand piano


  1. Hope you're having fun with that new "baby" in your house, Beth! I did love Aristotle and Dante-maybe a re-read for a gift to me? I have The Farmer and The Clown from the library-still haven't opened it, but now I'll read it soon! Good luck with all your reading!

  2. I loved Aristotle and Dante. I enjoyed reading Bud not Buddy ages ago and then last year read his recent companion book, The Mighty Miss Malone. It was delightful!

  3. I hope you can get back to Winger - I was so pleasantly pleased with this title. Aristotle and Dante - definitely a book to savour again! Agree with you about Frazee's new book - clown phobics will find it great.