Monday, May 25, 2015

It's Monday! What are you reading? 5-25-15

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 finished reading:

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud
A great read for anyone who doesn't respect comics as an art form or real literature.

I also finished reading with my ears:

Solitaire by Alice Oseman
I LOVED this book. I'll be writing a full review soon but Oseman is a fantastic new talent in the YA world. I'm looking forward to hearing more from her in the future.

Favorite picture books from last week:

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Olivia by Ian Falconer
I can't believe I hadn't yet read either one of these picture book classics, but I loved them both.

Currently and still reading: 

The World on a Plate: 40 Cuisines, 100 Recipes and the Stories Behind Them by Mina Holland 
Tomboy by Liz Prince

Still reading with my ears:
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani 


  1. I enjoyed Solitaire when I read the ARC a while ago. I like your idea of going back and reading picture book classics that you might have missed. I should do the same to get to know my Elementary collection better. Here is what my week looked like. Have a wonderful week!

  2. I've got Tomboy in a pile here somewhere. The plan is to read it and see if it is appropriate for my elementary students. I look forward to reading about Solitaire next week.

  3. Thanks for the heads up about Solitaire; I put it on my list, Beth. Hope you're enjoying Tomboy and Same Sun Here. I liked them very much. And I'm looking forward to The World On A Plate-for the summer!

  4. I'll have to read Understanding Comics, not because I don't think they are an art form, but because I don't personally like them as much as my students do. I find them hard to read, especially as I get older! Such tiny print!

  5. I should start Saint Anything this week. Thanks for writing about Solitaire, I'll keep my eyes open for it!

  6. I think there'll be a new Olivia book in a year or so. I can't wait. What a great series to sneak art into the lives of kids.

  7. I need to read Understanding Comics this summer in preparation for a new course in Graphic Novels I'm teaching in the fall. Tomboy was great. I'm on the hold list for Saint Anything and waiting impatiently.....

  8. Understanding Comics is a favorite of mine! I read it years ago, but then reread it when I wrote my graphic novel teaching guide so I could quote it in my intro. It is brilliant.
    Love that you read Olivia and Paperbag Princess this week! They are both wonderful.
    I look forward to reading Tomboy, Saint Anything, and Same Sun Here :)

    Happy reading this week! :)

  9. The cover of Solitaire looks awesome. And your review certainly makes me want to read it more!

  10. PaperBag Princess is such a great book! One Halloween I was working in the school room at our local children's hospital and we all went as Paper Bag princesses. So fun! Children loved it.