Monday, July 25, 2016

It's Monday! What are you reading? 7-25-16

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:

Sunny Side Up by Jennifer and Matthew Holm

Picture book that stood out in the pile:

Arlene Sardine by Chris Raschka
This stood out for a less than positive reason. I seriously didn't understand the point of this book. Arlene wants to be a sardine and end up on somebody's plate? And midway through the book (*SPOILER ALERT*) Arlene dies and ends up in a Sardine can? I'm not against books that teach kids about the realities of life, but I just didn't understand at all why Arlene's goal was to end up in a sardine tin. This one is worth reading just for the simple act of asking yourself "What the heck did I just read?" at the end.

Still reading:
Static by Eric Laster
I tried to have this one done last night so I could say that I read it instead of still reading it, but alas I was just too tired.

Still reading with my ears: (because it's TWENTY-NINE CDs long!)

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow 

Status update: I'm on disc 11 now. I definitely won't be finishing before it's due back to the library this Sunday. 

Also reading with my ears on my iPhone:

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor


  1. I went ahead and ordered Arlene Sardine from my library, just to see if I can make sense of it. Sometimes books just aren't very good, but we'll see. Thanks for your suggestions and have a wonderful week!

  2. HA now I just want to read Arlene Sardine and see what I think! Sometimes you need a little madness now and then, if just to wake up your brain a little and make you say "huh?!" :)

  3. I'm hoping to get to Perry before school starts. I'm hearing good things about it.

  4. I am impressed that you have two audiobooks going at once. The Hamilton book is so LONG! I hope that it at least is intriguing and good to listen to.

  5. Great review of Sunny Side Up. It is so true that it doesn't seem "historical" at all.

    Happy reading this week :)

  6. Just started "All Rise", Beth. There are others saying good things about it, so hope you're enjoying it. Will look for #static! Thanks.

  7. I went to see if our library had Arlene Sardine and it was available as a download, so I read it. I laughed and laughed. It is certainly dark and twisted. It would be an interesting book to read with older students to see what they think of it. I'm certain the conversations would be interesting.

  8. Hermetically sealed. 🤔

    ~Lesley B.

  9. Sunny Side Up is such an amazing story and since I started elementary school in the mid 70s and had a family with some secrets too, it really resonated.