Monday, October 5, 2015

It's Monday! What are you reading? 10-5-15

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.

Since last week was Banned Books Week, I wrote this post for the NCTE blog:
On Banned Books and Beyond, Say YA to Reading

Last week I finished reading:

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L Holm & Matthew Holm  
It's interesting that I finished both of these books this week because Sunny Side Up could most certainly be a reading ladder that could eventually lead to reading Fun Home as both deal with some very heavy family issues.  ETA: I want to make it clear that Fun Home is not a direct rung up the reading ladder from Sunny Side Up. Fun Home is a VERY adult book and I wouldn't recommend it for anyone under 17.

Favorite picture books from last week:

We Forgot Brock! by Carter Goodrich 
Where The Adventures of Beekle tugs at your heartstrings, We Forgot Brock tickles your funny bone. A fun story and lovable illustrations about a boy who leaves his imaginary friend at the fair.  

The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton 
This book is lovable and hilarious and I just want to hug it.

A Friend for Lakota: The Incredible True Story of a Wolf Who Braved Bullying by  Jim and Jamie Dutcher 
An intriguing story about a wolf cub who experiences bullying in his own pack and how a friend stood up for him.  

The Color Monster: A Pop-up Book of Feelings by Anna Llenas
An absolutely gorgeous pop up book that would be a great mentor text to discuss how we associate and describe feelings with colors.  

Currently reading:

Stand-Off by Andrew Smith 

Currently reading with my ears:

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan 
I think this book might have gotten me out of my audiobook slump. It's all those podcasts I've been listening to that's been making my interest in audiobooks wane. I've been abandoning quite a few audiobooks lately but I definitely want to listen to this one.  


  1. We Forgot Brock went on my library hold list!
    I was surprised at the Pop-Up Book - more depth than I thought it would have!
    Sunny Side Up has been a recent book of conversation among teachers. How to put it out in 4/5 classrooms to make sure kids know how to talk about family situations. An important book to have!

  2. We Forgot Brock looks entertaining. I also want to check out A Friend for Lakota. A true animal story sounds like an interesting way to address the topic of bullying.

  3. I loved Sunny Side Up, but Fun Home sounds depressing. Daughter of Deep Silence was fun. Lots of good books this week!

  4. Will look for Fun Home and We Forgot Brock, Beth. Always looking for funny books, and if you think Fun Home is a good follow-up for Sunny Side Up, that sounds good, too. Thank you!

  5. Hi Linda, some of these books are on my to read list, but others are completely new to me. I really want to spend some time with The Color Monster: A Pop-up Book of Feelings. I know Sunny Side Up will be a hit in our library already, but I do want to have a look at that one to. Happy reading this week.

  6. I'm reading Stand-Off too! It's quite different from Winger, but I do love RDW.
    Have a great week! ~Megan

  7. I need to look for Pop Up Book of Monsters. I haven't read Winger but lots of people are excited for Stand Off

  8. I'm having the same experience lately with audiobooks. Get me a podcast! I am finally listening to something that seems to have my attention, though: Wide Open World, a nonfiction book about a family that takes a year off to do volunteer and service projects around the world. Princess and Pony is definitely going to end up on my top 10 for 2015. Love it in every possible way. And I was impressed by We Forgot Brock. All of the recent imaginary friend books have been quite good!

  9. I love the look of Stand Off - seems like a sequel for Winger, am I right? The Color Monster looks really interesting.

  10. Love Sunny Side Up and very much mining forward to Fun Home. Will definitely be thinking of ladders while reading.
    I want to read Stand Off! I hope to have time after NCTE.

    Happy reading this week! :-)

  11. It's so interesting. I hadn't heard of Fun Home until last week, and then all of a sudden, I hear about it very often! I need to get a copy of that book!

  12. Princess and the Pony is such a unique story and it made me smile. I will have to find Fun Home.