Monday, July 4, 2016

It's Monday! What are you reading? 7-4-16

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.

Happy Independence Day! I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday filled with beautiful weather and lots of time for reading. :)

And here's a great book to have finished last week given that we are celebrating our nation's independence today :)

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

And while we're talking about my #hamilaria, I also read this picture book last week:

Aaron and Alexander: The Most Famous Duel in History by Don Brown

I'm also still reading with my ears:

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
This one's gonna take me a good long while to finish. It has TWENTY-NINE CDs! o_O

But, in case you're not obsessed with Hamilton like I am, here are some other books I read last week:

Never Insult a Killer Zucchini by Elana Azose and Brandon Amancio, illustrated by David Clark
Lots of silly fun. I didn't really understand the point of the killer zucchini though. His role in the story felt kind of secondary to the other crazy science experiments that were being presented at the science fair. Still, it's a fun read and worth sharing with students. 

Lost for Words by Natalie Russell 
A great text to use with students to discuss what counts as writing and ways you can try to unblock yourself when you're feeling stuck.  

The Not So Quiet Library by Zachariah Ohora 
Zachariah Ohora can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned. His books are delightfully quirky and never fail to give me a good chuckle.  

I'm currently reading:

Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu and Anne Greenwood Brown  

Last week I posted:

Starting my own Running Dream 
Return by Aaron Becker + giveaway

Also, don't forget to enter my other giveaway:

On Bird Hill by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Bob Marstall

This is a simple, lovely story with illustrations that I would describe as a mash-up of the gentle, soothing style of Sophie Blackall with the quirkiness of Dr. Seuss.


  1. I have not read any of the books Zachariah Ohora has written. The Not So Quiet Library sounds like a good one to start with since I love books about books and reading. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Girl Last Seen looks intriguing. I'll have to add it to my list. Come see what I read last week here. Happy reading!

  3. Hope you're enjoying Hamilton-wow-29 cds! I liked Aaron and Alexander a lot. Will look for Lost for Words and The Not So quiet Library. Have a wonderful day today, Beth!

  4. I have to admit, I haven't been swept up into the Hamilton craze yet. Maybe if I ever get to see the show, I will. At any rate, the Killer Zucchini book looks like fun! This is the time of year when the zucchini start popping up all over the place. And as much as I love it, everyone seems desperate to give it away. Have a fun 4th of July!

  5. I'm looking forward to O'Hora's new one!
    I enjoyed your post on running! I hate running too, but get out that at least 2x/week. It really does air you out - my mind thinks of so many things as I'm pounding the pavement. It's just not easy on anything else ;)

  6. Chernow's book is fabulous. I will have to read Hamilton - but the musical is now out of reach for me...glad that PBS is filming it soon!

  7. I can't wait for The Not So Quiet Library. And Return!

  8. The Running Dream has also stuck with me after many years. I am glad someone else loves it as much as I do!

  9. One day I will feel like I have the time to jump into Hamilton, but I have a fear of the obsession :)

    Happy Fourth, and happy reading this week!

  10. I think my library has definitely become the not-so-quiet library with the start of summer's a madhouse in here! :)