Monday, September 21, 2015
It's Monday! What are you reading? 9-21-15
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.
*Sigh* I am in such a reading rut right now. I started reading:
Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson. And it is a REALLY good book. But it's REALLY dense and it's not something I would call a page-turner. Don't get me wrong. The subject-matter is fascinating and the writing is stellar. It's just a book that takes time and careful reading and I don't have the patience for that right now... so I'm going to put it on pause and read this instead:
Stand-Off by Andrew Smith
Still reading with my ears:
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
I'm really enjoying this book, so what kept me from finishing it last week? Well, I discovered Serial, that's what! I spent my entire week listening to all 12 episodes of season 1. I couldn't stop. And now I'm impatiently waiting for season 2.
Picture books I read last week:
Hug Me by Simona Ciraolo
Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Christopher Myers
Frozen Wild by Jim Aronsky
To the Sea by Cale Atkinson
Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Christian Robinson
Wherever You Go by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
Penguin's Big Adventure by Salina Yoon
The White Book by Silvia Borando
Picture books I read last week that stood out in the pile:
Waiting by Kevin Henkes
I get the sense that this is a book the Caldecott committee is going to be discussing at length. It has beautiful illustrations, it bares no obvious lessons (award committees tend to shy away from didacticism), and disguises itself as a simple story shrouded in complexity. Henkes fills your heart with affection for these sweet, quirky toys sitting on the windowsill waiting...
Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans by Phil Bildner, illustrated by John Parra
Cornelius is a beautiful tear-inducing modern folk hero.
And finally, if you missed last night's #nctechat on Twitter, check out the Storify archive. It was a celebration of all things YA Lit and it was hosted by Matt de la Pena and Jennifer Buehler.