Monday, February 15, 2016

It's Monday! What are you reading? 2-15-16

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.

Last week I reviewed:

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

I finished reading:

Yes! We are Latinos: Poems and Prose about the Latino Experience by Alma Flor Ada
A wonderful, engaging book concept. A poem/story in verse is followed up by historical information about all the varied cultural groups that fall under the Latino/Hispanic umbrella. 

Picture books that stood out in the pile:

Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) by Julie Falatko, illustrated by Tim Miller
Snappsy the Alligator is none too happy when an annoying narrator follows him around describing his every move. Breaking the fourth wall all up in this book. Loved it! 

I'm Sunny! by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm 
Board book comics! Yes! :D

I finished reading with my ears:

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson 

Lawson's first book, Let's Pretend This Never Happened, was so funny I found myself laughing to the point of tears. Furiously Happy is more of the same, which is why it didn't feel as funny as the first time around -- because it didn't feel any different, just more of the same. However, Lawson's frank discussions about her mental illness are what make this book more than just her senseless stream-of-consciousness and what ultimately made it worth the read.  

Currently reading:

The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle 

Currently reading with my ears:

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews 


  1. Nice assortment. I haven't had a chance to read any of them yet but a couple are already on my list. Here is my week. Happy reading!

  2. Salt to the Sea is on by TBR list, Beth - and thanks for mentioning the new Federle book. I look forward to reading your thoughts on it.

  3. I loved Snappsy!! Such a cheeky sense of humour, lots of fun.

  4. Like Tara, Salt to the Sea is on my TBR list! Snappsy is, too. So many people have enjoyed it!

  5. I loved Salt To The Sea, will look forward to seeing what you think of the new Tim Federle YA book. Still need to get Snapsy-lots are saying it's good. Thanks, Beth.

  6. I bought the Holm's graphic novel books to give away to my young niece and nephew. Hmmm, I still own them.... I loved the Grumpy one to use for drawing conclusions. Perfect for the younger crowd!!

  7. I'm very excited to see that Tim Federle has a new novel out! Hooray! :)

  8. How did I not know there is a new Federle title? Can't wait to find Snappsy!

  9. I really loved Snapsy! I did not realize Holm had a board book! The cover of Furiously Happy really creeps me out.

  10. Board book comics? YES!!! I am putting it on Henry's wish list right now. Thank you for sharing this. I wouldn't have known about it!