Monday, December 29, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading? 12-29-14

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.

2014 is almost over! When did that happen?

I finally finished (and surpassed) my 100 novel-length book goal for the year. Woo hoo! I also read over 500 books total for the year. Overall, this was a great reading year.

Here is a snippet of my reading last week...

I reviewed:

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
Gus and Me by Keith and Theodora Richards

I finished reading:

When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds
What a wonderful testament to family, friendship, and counter-narratives. Thank you Jason Reynolds for this beautiful, positive tribute to your neighborhood of Bed Stuy in Brooklyn. Fans of Jacqueline Woodson's After Tupac and D Foster will enjoy this character-driven story and want to keep sitting on the stoop with Ali, Noodles, and Needles long after the last page is turned. I want to write a longer review of this one soon but I fear I won't be able to do it justice. 

I finished reading with my ears:

Blackbird by Anna Carey
Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle  
Will be reviewing these soon.

My favorite picture book from last week was:

Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light
Louise loves art and her brother, Art. Love the French/beatnik vibe Louise had about her. 

Currently reading:
The Way to Stay in Destiny by Augusta Scattergood 

Currently reading with my ears:

The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye 


  1. Thanks, Beth. Will certainly look for When I Was The Greatest. Congratulations on so many books read! Happy 2015!

  2. Can't wait to hear what you think of The Way to Stay in Destiny!

  3. WOW!!! 100 novels in one year. I am super impressed. Congratulations! Wishing you continued reading success in the new year. :)

    Sweet Writing

    Mrs. Laffin's

  4. Can't wait to get my hands on When I Was The Greatest, or Nye's latest book. Glad to see that you are enjoying Federle's book, too - he gave a wonderful talk at NCTE.

  5. The turtles of Oman sounds interesting. Is it? Congrats on 100 novels.

  6. I have fallen in love with Nate! I adore his voice. And I love all the Broadway mentions! The second one will definitely be on my #mustreadin2015 list!
    I am hoping to get to my ARC of Destiny sometime the end of this week.
    I thought Louise Loves Art had one of the best first pages I've ever read. Loved it!
    Happy reading this week!

  7. I loved sitting at Federle's table at the Books for Children Luncheon at NCTE. He's so funny and endearing. I had hoped to get to When I Was the Greatest this week but I don't think I'm going to make it. So many other books started and needing to finish. I think I'll put it on my #mustreadin2015. Meeting Reynolds at NCTE was a highlight for me.

  8. How is the audiobook of The Turtle of Orman?

    1. It's pretty good. I'm not that far along into it but so far the narrator hasn't turned me off so that's a plus. :)

  9. When I Was the Greatest sounds amazing! So glad I got it at ALAN.
    I look forward to reading Nate. I have it in my pile :)

    Happy new year, and happy reading this week! :)

  10. When I Was the Greatest is on my MUST READ SOON list. I am so glad to hear positive things from you, Beth! :)

  11. My 13 year old girl adored Nate. I still haven't got her the sequel yet, possibly next year. :)

  12. I loved When I Was the Greatest. Glad you enjoyed it. Turtle of Oman was a gentle and sweet story.

  13. I loved When I was the Greatest! Turtle of Oman was another one I enjoyed. It was gentle and sweet. I loved the grandparent relationship.