Monday, January 5, 2015

It's Monday! What are you reading? 1-5-15

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.

Well how about that? It's 2015 already.  Last week I posted my 14 favorite books of 2014 and I made a glaring error when I left out El Deafo by Cece Bell as one of my favorite books of 2015. So I'm singling it out here because I feel terrible that I didn't remember it as one of my favorites.

Last week I reviewed:

When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds
Blackbird by Anna Carey

I finished reading:

Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
The Way to Stay in Destiny by Augusta Scattergood
I really enjoyed both of these novels. I'm looking forward to talking to people about The Way to Stay in Destiny. I have some questions about it that I'm anxious to talk to readers about.

Favorite picture books from last week:

Is There a Dog in This Book? by Viviane Schwarz
Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914 by John Hendrix

Currently reading:

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
This is one of those books I am kicking myself about not having read sooner. It takes novels in verse to a whole other level.

Still reading with my ears:

The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye 


  1. I forgot how much I enjoyed When I was the Greatest. And I can't wait to finish The Turtle of Oman.

  2. I liked The Way to Stay in Destiny way more than I thought I would! Just got a copy in, too, so will be able to recommend it this week!

  3. Well, many of your books are ones I'll be reading as soon as I can. I'm glad you got to Crossover, loved every bit of that one. I just read about the Naomi Nye, Turtles of Oman-sounds very good too. Have a great week, Beth!

  4. Now added The Crossover and The Turtle of Oman to my TBR piles, thank you! :) Happy reading week to you...

  5. Just bought The Way to Stay in Destiny, and am anxious to read it, too. The Turtle of Oman is on my list, too - Naomi Shihab Nye can write no wrong, as far as I am concerned!

  6. I meant to put The Crossover on my #MustReadin2015 list. Of course, I also meant to read it in 2014! Luckily, it's never too late to read a good book. I love the cover of Is There a Dog in This Book? I'll have to look for that one. I found it just a bit agonizing to select my top 14 of 2014. I was amused to see Austin Kleon's top 20 of the year--which he immediately followed with a second top 20.

  7. I also want to read The Crossover. Will be curious about what you think of The Turtle of Oman - I didn't love it as much as I thought I might.

  8. Every time I visit your blog, my TBR list grows. I always find myself clicking over to GoodReads and adding books to my shelves. Thanks for always inspiring, Beth. :)

  9. The Crossover is a hot commodity in my class right now. The student who just finished it really liked it!

    Happy reading this week! :)

  10. Sounds like The Crossover is a book many of us need to read! I also really liked Shooting at the Stars. I think it's a story that you can use to really dig into the theme!

  11. After reading your splendid review of The Turtle of Oman, I went to put it on my for later list at the local library, only to discover it was already on it. So I added When I was the Greatest and The Crossover. Not sure when I will get to them, but thanks for these great reading ideas.

  12. I still haven't started with The Turtle Of Oman, but I am looking forward to getting lost in Naomi Shihab Nye's words. I've read a lot of mixed reviews about The Crossover - and looking forward to reading it myself. Hope you have a lovely New Year ahead of you, Beth! :)