Monday, May 4, 2015

It's Monday! What are you reading? 5-4-15

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.

May the fourth be with you! Today only I am giving away a copy of William Shakespeare's Star Wars on Twitter. All you have to do is retweet to enter. U.S. entries only please.

Speaking of giveaways, last week I interviewed Newbery honor author Margarita Engle for her new book The Sky Painter. There is also a giveaway to go along with the interview.

Last week I reviewed:
The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Last week I finished reading:

No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay 
I have a review scheduled for this book tomorrow, but, spoiler alert, this is my favorite collection of poetry EVER. 

I finished reading with my ears:

Skink -- No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen
I'm glad this wasn't my first Carl Hiaasen rodeo because if it were, I'd likely not want to read any more of his books. I wasn't a huge fan of this one. 

Currently reading:

To Teach: The Journey, in Comics by William Ayers and Ryan Alexander-Tanner

Currently reading with my ears:

Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator is Changing the World by Jack Andraka with Matthew Lysiak

Last week on my teaching blog:
Why I make my students memorize a poem every year
5 things I loved about last week
Let it be written, let it be done


  1. I got to see William Ayers speak when To Teach came out as a graphic novel. I think that was one of the first times I saw graphic novels as being more than just super heroes and comic strips.

  2. Can't wait to read Sky Painter... Avoiding Bone Gap... good to read your opinion....

  3. Well, if the Boy in the Black Suit wasn't already on my to read list, it sure would be now! That was some review! It was interesting reading your review of Bone Gap because I loved the mythology connections (Thankfully I never had a teacher like yours) I felt like you did about Skink. Carl Hiaasen has written so many better books.

  4. Hello! May the 4th be with you! I definitely want to read Boy in the Black Suit. I have been inching to read it since ALAN. Now that school is winding down, I am looking forward to getting to some of these. Thank you for the reviews, Beth!

  5. I appreciate your review of Bone Gap. With all the buzz, I've been wondering what I'm missing, but I can't prioritize it in my stack because I won't use it in the classroom at my level. Maybe it will stay on my summer TBR...

  6. I am glad to hear a Hiassen fan didn't much enjoy Skink- No Surrender. This was my first of his books and I wasn't crazy about it. My middle school book club, on the other hand, LOVED it. Have a great week! ~Megan

  7. I read To Teach, the graphic novel, a couple of years ago when I was thinking about including it in one of my methods courses. Ended up not including it, can't remember why. Maybe I need a reread? So glad you loved the Sarah Kay title. Isn't it wonderful?

  8. So sad to hear that you didn't like Skink! I am excited to read it as I love everything Hiaasen writes. Why didn't you like this one?
    I didn't know about To Teach, and I think I need to get my hands on it! Combination of teaching and GNs? Love!

    Happy reading this week! :)

  9. I love, love, love, Sarah Kay and No Matter the Wreckage is amazing. Glad you enjoyed it too.

  10. I am so glad that you loved No Matter the Wreckage. My husband gave me the book as a gift during my birthday and just fell in love with it. Read it in one night, I think. I've been hearing so many great things about The Boy in the Black Suit - will try to find it soonest. We don't have Bone Gap in our library yet. Boohoo.