Monday, April 20, 2015

It's Monday! What are you reading? 4-20-15

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:

The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman
A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Last week I finished reading:

Enchanted Air by Margarita Engle
I don't think my mind can fully process yet how much I loved Margarita Engle's beautiful memoir in verse. I need to come back and write a longer review when I'm not feeling ALL THE THINGS all at once.

Lovers of Jacqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming will love Margarita Engle's story of being caught between two countries and two loyalties during the height of the Cold War and Cuban Missile Crisis. Put this book on your TBR list and look for it to hit bookstores in August.

 Favorite picture books from last week:

Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett
Winne: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally M. Walker, illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss

Currently reading:

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
I haven't technically started this yet, but I will as soon as I finish this blog post. :)

Currently reading with my ears:

Skink -- No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Last week on my teaching blog:
Celebrating a Beautiful Mess
Always seeking ways to spread Book Love


  1. Have only read Winnie, and the others are on my list, Beth. A Find Desert, Orion in the dark, Bone Gap & on. Thanks. I just read a very positive review of Bone Gap. Hope you enjoy it!

  2. Well if Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir wasn't already on my to read list it sure would be now! I've just finished Bone Gap and look forward to reading what you have to say about it.

  3. I cannot wait to read Engle's memoir. It sounds beautiful!
    I want to read both of those picture books--I'll have to see if my library has them.
    Almost everything is on my TBR list :)

    Happy reading this week! :)

  4. I am eager to get my hands on Engle's memoir. I really enjoy her work.

  5. I adored A Fine Dessert.
    I put the Enchanted Air book on my list after I saw your goodreads review.
    I'm really interested in hearing your thoughts on Bone Gap. I've seen love and not love for it.

  6. Looking forward to hearing what you think about The Boy in the Black Suit. I really really like Jason Reynolds. Great picture books!

  7. I've been seeing so much of Bone Gap that I am definitely intrigued. I can not wait to read Enchanted Air - I am a huge fan of Margarita Engle's novels-in-verse - simply exquisite.