Monday, June 8, 2015

It's Monday! What are you reading? 6-8-15

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:

Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani

I finished reading:

An Age of License: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley
That settles it. I will be reading everything Lucy Knisley publishes, no questions asked. Between this book, French Milk, and Relish, I am completely smitten with her work!

I finished reading with my ears:

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

I have a confession to make: this is my first time reading a Sarah Dessen novel. It feels sacrilegious to say that since I'm an avid reader of YA, but they just never seemed to appeal to me for whatever reason. I'm glad I finally decided to suck it up and finally pick one up because I really enjoyed Saint Anything. It will definitely not be my last Sarah Dessen novel that's for sure.

I read one picture book last week and it was a goodie:

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Meg Hunt
Cinderella, rock on with your bad self. I love the message of girl power in this futuristic version of a beloved fairy tale.

Currently reading:
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt 

Currently reading with my ears:
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman 

This book is incredibly intense. You really do experience Caden's descent into madness, especially when the narrative shifts from first to second person. 

Last week on my teaching blog:
Wherever you go, there you are 
As the school year ends, advocacy is on my mind
The universe honors love

5 things I'm celebrating today


  1. Great list! I grabbed Interstellar Cinderella to share with my third graders last week, as did a fractured fairy tale study earlier in the year. Humorous concept, but I could have done without the rhyme.

  2. I too have never read anything by Dessen. Looks like Saint Anything would be a good place to start. Here is my accounting of last week. Happy reading!

  3. I went back to read your review of Same Sun Here, agree with all. It's a good book & I loved the style of letters. I've read a few of Sarah Dessen's work, & they are popular in my class, will look for this one sometime. I'll look for your opinion of Fish In A Tree-a nice story I thought.

  4. I would like to read Fish in a Tree - Lynda Mullaly Hunt is one of my favorites! I also obviously need to check out Lucy Knisley's work :)

  5. Fish in a Tree is so special! You will love it!
    Great review this week--made me want to read it even more.
    I want to read Cinderella, Saint Anything, and Challenger Deep too!!

    Happy reading this week! :)

  6. After reading your review of Same Sun Here, I added it to my to read list. (I'll die before I get the list finished) Sarah Dessen is very popular with my older girls. I think I've read one of her books a while ago. It will be interesting to read what you think of Fish in a Tree. I enjoyed it, but likes One For the Murphy's more.

  7. Ha, I loved your review of Interstellar Cinderella, made me smile. I enjoyed that book more than I thought I would.
    I'm still reading the Dessen book. It's due tomorrow so I need to get cracking!

  8. I am such a fan of Interstellar Cinderella - also of all things Lucy Knisley. I just finished French Milk today. My favorite is still Relish, but I've enjoyed all of her books. :)

  9. I have never read a Dessen novel. Hearing that this is your first one makes me feel better!

  10. Oh I loved Fish in a Tree. Have only read one Sarah Dessen myself... added another one to the list now, thanks! :) Can't wait to read Interstellar Cinderella!! :) Happy reading week to you!

  11. Hooray! Sarah Dessen has a new fan! I adore her (both as an author and as a person). I met her at my very first ALAN and fell in love with her good nature. I've read a number of her books, so I am glad to hear this one is good! I can't wait to read it. :)

  12. Still reading Saint Anything and liking quite a bit. I think my fave Dessen is Along for the Ride, but I also really like Just Listen & Lock & Key. She's a comfort read for me. Knisley is also a must-read for me. I love how her books seem slight but then suddenly pack this big thematic punch.

  13. That's high praise for Knisley - now I will have to find one of her novels for sure. Haven't read anything by Dessen either- would have to find one of her books, so I can also see whether it would resonate with my 13 year old girl. Been reading so many great things about Fish In a Tree.