Monday, April 18, 2016

It's Monday! What are you reading! 4-18-16

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.

I finished reading with my ears:

The Tiara on the Terrace by Kristin Kittscher   
Even better than The Wig in the WindowAnd as much as I love Young and Yang as protagonists, I especially love all the quirky secondary characters, particularly the exaggerated way in which the audiobook narrator voices these characters. Overall a highly entertaining middle grade mystery. I would love to see Young and Yang as the stars of their own TV series someday. :)

Favorite picture books last week:

The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield
David Litchfield, you had me at piano. And you kept me turning pages at this tender, quirky prodigal son story. 

Horrible Bear! by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Zachariah OHora 
Ame Dyckman and Zachariah OHora are a dream team. I hope they never stop making picture books together. Their work has just enough quirkiness to be unique and appealing to adults, but not so much that it's inaccessible to kids. I especially love that some beloved characters from previous books make an appearance in Horrible Bear! Read this carefully to see if you can find them.

The Kid from Diamond Street: The Extraordinary Story of Baseball Legend Edith Houghton by Audrey Vernick, illustrated by Steven Salerno  
As someone who isn't a fan of baseball, I'm always amazed at how much I become a fan inside the pages of an Audrey Vernick book. Her writing is that engaging.

I started reading:

The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner
So excited I got approved to read this on NetGalley!

Still reading (though I put it on pause to start reading the aforementioned book:

Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar  

I'm enjoying this book but it has been slow going for me.  

Currently reading with my ears:

The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon 
I'm listening to this, but I also checked out a physical copy of the book at the library so as not to miss out on the stunning illustrations.  

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  1. Hope it moves you, Beth. All that excitement is always tough to live up to. But I hope it simply moves you. <3

  2. I'll be interested to see your thoughts on The Doldrums. I haven't started it yet but I've heard good and eh about it.
    I was approved for Gae's new book too! That's one I'll be starting very soon.

  3. I love The Bear and The Piano, have ordered it for my sister-in-law who is a pianist. Thanks for sharing about Gae Polisner's book, will certainly be on my list!

  4. I'm looking forward to The Memory of Things, Beth!

  5. I am jealous that you are able to read The Memory of Things. I will have to wait till it's available for the rest of us!

  6. The Memory of Things looks fabulous! I am so tempted to go to NetGalley, but I feel like I've promised too many reviews! Arggg!

  7. I felt the same way about Tiara on the Terrace! I love both of the Y&Y books, but I just felt that Tiara was such a ride!
    I haven't read any of Gae's books :-O I know I am definitely missing out!

    Happy reading this week :)

  8. this is the second post about The Bear and the Piano. It sounds great. I've asked to read The Memory of Things from Netgalley, but have also ordered a copy. It just won't be available for such a long time! I have catalogued our school copy of Wig in the Window, and hope to bring it home to read soon.

  9. I love The Bear and the Piano, such elegant illustrations, and a gentleness to the story. Lovely.

  10. The Bear and the Piano and Horrible Bear are two that I am really looking forward to reading. I've been seeing some really great reviews of both.

  11. Oh I am so JEALOUS that you are reading Gae's new book. I can't wait!

  12. Glad to see The Bear and the Piano receiving much love. Definitely well-deserved. One of my favourite reads from last week too.