Monday, February 16, 2015

It's Monday! What are you reading? 2-16-15

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.

Last week I reviewed:
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Currently reading:

I Was Here by Gayle Forman
As much as I am enjoying this book, I will be glad when I'm done with it because every time I pick it up I get this song stuck in my head. 

Currently reading with my ears:

All Fall Down by Ally Carter
I'm really enjoying this book. It has a very Covert Affairs/Burn Notice/Bourne Identity/any-other-spy trope-you-can-think-of-but-with-YA-characters vibe to it. I've never really been a fan of Ally Carter's before but when she talked about the premise for this book at the Scholastic event at ALA Midwinter, I was incredibly intrigued. Given that Wanderlust is part of my blog title, I love that this book's setting is in a (made-up) country's embassy row. Very cool! 

Also last week on my teaching blog:
How should literacy learning be assessed? Have your voice heard in the conversation. 


  1. I have heard quite a few different things about I was Here so I'm curious to see what you think when you finish. I really need to read All Fall Down. I am anticipating it being very popular with the teens at my library!

  2. I have I Was Here on hold at the library but it still hasn't come in for me. And I'm first on the list! I wonder if the librarians are passing it around themselves first...
    I have All Fall Down too. One day I'll get to that one, it sounds fun.

  3. Well, I hadn't known of Beyonce's song before your post, but I can see how getting it stuck in your head would be kind of annoying. The book sounds good though!

  4. The War that Saved my Life is on my TBR list. Need to go check out your review.

  5. I keep wanting to read Sam and Dave Dig a Hole. I am beginning to think I am the last one to read it! Thanks for the great books this week. :)

  6. You compared THE WAR to two of my favorite historical fiction novels. That means I HAVE to read it.
    I loved Sam & Dave as well. Klassen and Barnett are brilliant.

    Happy reading this week! :)

  7. P.S. I want to read Forman's and Carter's newest too. Looking forward to reading your reviews :)

  8. Hmm, interesting, think I want to read All fall down, can't wait... AND I was here. :) Happy reading to you.

  9. i enjoyed reading your review of The War that Saved my Life. I appreciate that you were honest about it's flaws, however niggling they were. Its on my to read list.

  10. I've read so many rave reviews about The War that Saved My Life - will definitely be on the lookout for it.