Monday, November 17, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading? 11-17-14

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.

I can't believe I leave for the NCTE Convention on Wednesday! If you're going to be there, I hope you're able to make it to one of my sessions:

Friday 2:30 - 3:45 PM
Heart and Mind: Stories and Ideas That Keep Us Teaching  

Saturday 8:00 - 9:15 AM
Students CAN Write: Changing the Narrative of a Deficit Model

And I was added last minute to this Ignite session on Saturday 9:30-10: 45 AM due to a cancellation:
Common Standards, Uncommon Teaching
My Ignite session is going to be about using social media to transform your teaching.

Needless to say, given that I have two part-time jobs, am taking two grad classes, and have three NCTE presentations to prepare for, I haven't gotten a whole lot of reading done this past week.

I did manage to finish this audiobook:

Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle
I absolutely LOVED this book! I need to write a full review soon. It's one of those books that needs a full-review written about it, not just a one-sentence summary.

And this book for my children's lit class:

Mister Orange by Truus Maati
I don't have much to say about this one. It just wasn't the right book for me as a reader. I would have never picked it up had it not been required reading for a class.

Returned to reading:

Winger by Andrew Smith
I'm getting through this one slowly but surely. I paused it for a couple weeks and now I'm back to it, a few chapters at a time. 

Still reading with my ears:

Guys Read: True Stories edited by Jon Scieszka

Who knows what reading adventures await me upon my return from NCTE next week. :) 


  1. Wish I could be there at NCTE-congrats & best wishes on all the presentations, Beth. I loved Better Nate Than Ever, too-very fun to have those two beautiful characters!

  2. Great week of reading! Looks like you will be a busy girl at NCTE! Bummer my session is the same time on Sat. Morning, but hope to make another.

  3. Mister Orange has been on my TBR stack for some time, but I haven't felt very motivated to read it. Someday! I had a Winger fail recently--read the first third in a rush, put it down to read something else, lost all momentum and ended up returning to the library unfinished. I need to check it out again and try to finish. It's just so big! Looking forward to seeing you at NCTE!

  4. Your session titles look great! Wish I could attend. :-( I'll be following on Twitter, though! I LOVED Better Nate Than Ever. I haven't heard of Mister Orange. I'll have to check it out. Have a great week!

  5. Congratulations about your 3 presentations!
    I cannot wait to see you :)
    I hope you are enjoying Winger! It is a favorite. I really need to read Nate soon. Everyone gushes about it.

    Happy reading this week! :)

  6. Wow, you are busy. Enjoy NCTE! Hope it all goes really smoothly. Nate is really fantastic! I loved both titles.

  7. I missed you at NCTE! Too bad. :( My 12 year old daughter adored the voice of Nate. :)