Monday, August 1, 2016

It's Monday! What are you reading? 8-1-16

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.

Boy is this summer flying by! Before you know it school will be back in session. Though I'm not ready for that to happen, I'm also excited to be spending some of my mornings lately up at school working in the library. I can't wait to be the librarian at my school next year! 

Last week I finished reading:
Static by Eric Laster 
Ultimately I was not a fan of this book. It had an interesting premise but the character development was lacking.  

March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell 
A chillingly powerful graphic memoir about Civil Rights leader turned congressman John Lewis. I really look forward to reading the next two books. 

Picture books that stood out in the pile:

Julia, Child by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Julie Morstad
Obviously inspired by the famous chef Julia Child, though not a biography of her life, Julia, Child has a different purpose: to remind adults to view life with childlike wonder and to savor every bite.

My Friend Maggie by Hannah E. Harrison
I love Hannah Harrison's illustrations, as evidenced by the fact that I openly wept when I read Extraordinary Jane. I just want to cuddle all of her animal characters -- except for Veronica. She's a big meanie.

Currently reading:

Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Still reading with my ears:

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow    
All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor 

Last week I also posted about:
Sacrificing some of the TBR pile to get books in students' hands 


  1. What a wonderful blog. I love the collection of books you got. I am just a stranger passing by and noticed your blog. Keep up.

  2. Julia, Child is not a book I'm familiar with, but it sounds interesting. The message is important - stopping to wonder and savor the world is something most of us probably don't take too much time to do in the midst of our busy lives.

  3. I still need to read March, even have it on my shelf. The picture books are all new to me, Beth. Thanks for sharing them.

  4. I've heard great things about My Friend Maggie. I haven't seen it yet, but am on the look out for it. I love Harrison's illustrations, too!

  5. Seeing Julia Child's kitchen at the Smithsonian was fun, but I don't know if students are interested. Hmmm. Cute, though.

  6. Several people have mention March today. I need to check that one out. I am just starting Perry T Cook so am excited to see what you think of that.

  7. I adore the March Trilogy - a powerful read, and the graphic novel format makes it all the more so.

  8. I loved Julia, Child! Love both author and illustrator and both are Canadian!

  9. I'm looking forward to My Friend Maggie, because I really enjoyed Bernice Gets Carried Away by the same author. I want to find the Julia, Child book, too. Now that I've tried to start getting back in shape after letting myself go all summer, I'll to live vicariously through books about cooking! Have an awesome week!

  10. My Friend Maggie is going to be on my favorites list for Picture Books this year. I absolutely adored the story. I read it to my aunt, and she cried and cried. I would love to share this book with students!
    I am glad you liked it, too. :)

  11. Veronica is a super big meanie!
    I have March at school; I plan on reading it soon! Very important!

    Happy reading this week :)

  12. I've not yet read March, but I want to. I keep hearing such good things about it. Good luck with your position as librarian at a new school--so many reading adventures waiting to happen with your new students.

  13. I've really enjoyed the March graphic novels. Excellent way to learn. I found Julia, Child to be fun. I have heard of My Friend Maggie. I'll watch for it.