Monday, March 28, 2016

It's Monday! What are you reading? 3-28-16

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.

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.

Last week I reviewed:

Treat by Mary Sullivan

I finished reading:
The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith
In the same tradition of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, The Way I Used to Be is one girl's journey as she deals with the aftermath of a sexual assault. This book is much more visceral and intense than Speak and is recommended for older high school readers, but it is highly readable despite the difficult subject matter.

I finished reading with my ears:

Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer
This would be a good book to give to students who loved the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series.  

Picture books I read last week:

Ick! Yuck! Eew! Our Gross American History by  Lois Miner Huey
Fabulous picture book with lots of great text features, but is done with voice and doesn't feel like you're reading a dry textbook. A highly recommended nonfiction text.

Beatrice Doesn't Want To by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger 
Libraries are magical places — even for those who don't realize it until they've already sucked you in. Beatrice has one such experience at the library. 

Currently reading:

Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar

Currently reading with my ears:

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Pax by Sara Pennypacker


  1. Nice looking books. Ick! Yuck! Eew! caught my attention as something I would like to read. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  2. Just added Proof of Forever to my list! Sounds like a book my younger self would have loved!

  3. Oh, how I loved Hour of the Bees this week. I'm giving myself some time before I write my review, because I have a hard time writing about books I love TOO much. It's a thing.

  4. Treat sounds so fun. My little companion will do most anything to get treats.

  5. I have a copy of More Happy than Not waiting to be read in my shelves. Hopefully I get to it within the year. :)

  6. I've just put Hour of the Bees on hold at our local library. I look forward to reading your comments on Pax and More Happy than Not. I loved the latter!

  7. Ha, anything with "gross" in the title is going to be a hit with readers. :)

  8. After reading your review of The Way I Used to Be, I wish I was still teaching high school. So many students asked me for a book to read after Speak, and I bet it would have been a favorite in my room. I think I may have a copy of it, so now I will definitely read it. Thank you for sharing!

  9. How is the More Happy Than Not audiobook? It is on my #mustread list, and I have just resumed listening to audiobooks, so I'd love to do two birds with one stone.

    Happy reading this week! :)