Monday, September 14, 2015

It's Monday! What are you reading? 9-14-15

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.

On my teaching blog last week I shared some of my favorite links worth talking about and I celebrated my students' willingness to put in the hard work

I have been so unproductive with my reading this week that I almost pondered not writing an "It's Monday!" post for today. But, alas, I can't quit you, It's Monday What are You Reading. :)

Picture books I read last week:
Old King Cole by Iza Trapani
Feeding the Flying Fanellis: And Other Poems from a Circus Chef by Kate Hosford, illustrated by Cosei Kawa

Still reading:

Falling in Love with Close Reading by Christopher Lehman & Kate Roberts
Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson

Still reading with my ears:

None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
This book is definitely a page-turner -- or whatever the audiobook equivalent of a page-turner is. A wear down the battery of your smartphone-er. ;)  This is one of those books though I'm going to caution you to read before you put in your classroom library. It's got some graphic content, and while that content is needed to give context to the protagonist's story, it's one of those things you need to decide for yourself if it's age-appropriate for your classroom/school library. I'm going to suggest that the ideal age for readers of this book is 11th and 12th graders.


  1. Ha, like the page turner audiobook comment :) I've heard great things for that book.
    It has been slow reading time. I feel like it always slows down especially after how much I get read over summer. It comes back, though!

  2. I really want to read None of the Above--glad to know it's good on audio because that might be the way I go. Well, if I can stop mainlining podcasts on my way to work! I was so relieved to actually finish some books last week so I'd have something to write about for Monday!

  3. "wear down the battery of your smartphone-er" is my new favorite phrase! I *think* I have Gregorio's book on hold, I need to double check that as I do want to read it. Hoping to begin M.T. Anderson's book either this week or next week. I've been very excited about it, and am even more so now that it's on the longlist for the National Book Award!

  4. Anderson's book looks intriguing - unusual topic, too, which is not covered much. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I love learning about good audiobooks! I am currently sucked into Serial and spin-off podcasts, but I want to get back to audiobooks soon.
    I have Anderson's book to read. As a classical music fan, I look forward to reading it. I also want to read Lehman/Roberts book at some point--close reading is such a buzz term and push in education.

    Happy reading this week! :)

  6. None of the Above sounds like a fascinating read, but it also sounds like the kind of book I'd rather read with my eyes than my ears. I've found that when books are intense, it's 10 times as intense when it's coming straight into my head!

  7. You are one of the few bloggers who consistently posts about audiobooks. It is because of you that I opted to get I'll Give You the Sun on audio, rather than waiting until I got to my print version (which wasn't at the top of my stack). And wow, am I grateful. That book was incredible. I'll be getting None of the Above!

  8. I found listening to audio books while walking was a great way to "sneak in" reading. I donated None of the Above to an LGBT Book Drive I was holding.

  9. I am glad that you still decided to join us for Monday Reading - I still have not given audiobooks the chance it deserves (I know I know), but glad to see so many people getting some reading done through it. :)

  10. I agree that None of the Above was a page turner. I lov your description for the Adidas version of that. ;)