Monday, August 3, 2015

It's Monday! What are you reading? 8-3-15

It's Monday! What are you reading? Is a wonderful community of readers, teachers, and librarians. Hosted by Jen over at Teach Mentor Texts along with Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers, participants share their reading adventures from the past week along with their reading plans for the week ahead.

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.

I didn't get a whole lot read this week because I'm in frenzy mode to get my proposal written for my master's project. I NEED to get this written before September or I won't be able to graduate in December.  In my procrastination mode, however, I did manage to write a few blog posts on my teaching blog last week:
What a hotel manager in Costa Rica taught me about being a teacher
Being openly critical is necessary for our school communities to thrive

Check out my interview with Margarita Engle and giveaway of her newest book, out tomorrow, Enchanted Air

And just for teachers and school librarians, I'm giving away my ARC of Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate over on my teaching blog:

Favorite picture book from last week:

One Family by George Shannon, illustrated by Blanca Gomez
An interesting concept for a counting book: Looking at the many that make up the one.  

Currently (still) reading:    

The Truth Commission by Susan Juby

Currently reading with my ears:

Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown


  1. I've been binging on Orange is the New Black this summer! I'm curious about Piper's book as well - maybe my next Audible. I just entered your Giveaway for Crenshaw - thanks!
    (My list is here:

  2. Enchanted Air sounds like a book that I would love with history, travel and Engle's wonderful writing.

  3. I'm looking forward to reading Enchanted Air, and loved Crenshaw, Beth. I looked up a review of The Truth Commission-sounds fascinating. Good luck in getting the Master's project ready!

  4. I've got Enchanted Air on hold at the library! I'm sure you'll be glad when December gets here!

  5. Glad to see another book about families! One Family looks like a promising read. My friend enjoys reading YA novels and I think she has read this one. I'll have to ask her what she thinks about the book. I'm hoping to read Enchanted Air and Crenshaw! Thanks so much for sharing, Beth! =)

  6. Great kid's books! I've been meaning to pick up and read the copy of Orange which my daughter gave me...perhaps now is the time.

  7. I feel for you getting that proposal written. How I hated doing all of those things for my MA and PhD. SO glad all of that is behind me! I am looking forward to Crenshaw. I am not a huge Ivan fan (though I love the PB), but I did love her Home of the Brave, and Ivan is a huge favorite in my Children's Lit class--the only book I require all students to read. The Truth Commission looks interesting. I haven't read anything by Juby and should really remedy that sometime. Good luck with your proposal!

  8. Good luck on your proposal!!! I know you are going to rock it!
    Loved your post about being critical by the way.
    I have the egalley of Crenshaw that I need to get to, but have a couple of other books to read first.

    Happy reading this week! :)

  9. One family seems like it is right up my alley. And Henry likes counting books a lot right now. Thanks for sharing! I will add it to my TBR list!