Monday, August 8, 2016

It's Monday! What are you reading? 8-8-18

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 am trying to hold onto any of the remaining vestiges of summer but it is escaping from my grasp rather quickly. I've been up at school the past few weeks working in the library, trying to get it organized and up to the standard I know I'd want if I were a student. It's been tiring work, but I'm enjoying it and in a way it's been somewhat therapeutic to purge so much stuff.  I am a big fan of purging. :)

Last week I reviewed: 

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist by Susan Wood, illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

I finished reading:

Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
I'll be reviewing this one on the blog very soon. A really enjoyable read.

Picture books that stood out in the pile: 
School's First Day of School by Adam Rex, illustrated by Christian Robinson
This book is an absolute must-read to students on the first day of school. I couldn't stop smiling the entire time I was reading it. I'm still smiling right now.

Goodnight Everyone by Chris Haughton 
Little Bear is wide awake and wants to play but all the forest animals are settling down for the evening. Eventually biology and peer pressure take over and Little Bear falls fast asleep. A sweet bedtime story for any rambunctious toddler. 

Currently reading:

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
I'm finding that I'm enjoying this book just as much as Noggin.  It's one of those books where the characters are what keep you turning the pages more than the plot and those are the kinds of books I love.

Currently reading with my ears:

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
I'm really enjoying the narrator of the audiobook. She has such a lilting, soothing voice. The perfect choice for this story.

Still trudging through:

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow  
I am now on disc 16 of 29. Not gonna lie: If it weren't for Lin-Manuel Miranda, I a) would have abandoned this book a long time ago and b) actually, I never would have started it to begin with. But I keep trudging through it because whenever I do come across a part of Hamilton's story that is so clearly integral to the musical, I get a little thrill. But let's face it, I space out a lot when I'm listening to this book. Nobody can make the founding fathers come alive like Lin-Manuel Miranda. That's just all there is to it!


  1. I'm very excited to see this new John Corey Whaley. So far I have enjoyed everything he has written! Isn't that Perry T Cook an amazing character?
    I went in for a week after school was out to finish purging and clean up. It really is satisfying work!

  2. I agree that School's First Day of School will make a great first day read aloud. So creative!

  3. I am so with you on School's First Day of School. Read a copy at ALA this winter and fell in love! 29 discs! That is dedication!

  4. Thanks for your reviews of Perry T. Cook and Esquivel. They are both on my list!
    I can't wait to hear your thoughts on Chicago's Hamilton. You go months before me, but I'm already so excited for it. Already bought my dress!

  5. I shared School's First Day today too, bought it for my granddaughter who will be off to a new school. I'd like to read Highly Illogical Behavior, know it will be good. I enjoyed The Hired Girl and what fun to "hear" it. Thanks, Beth, enjoy your time getting ready!

  6. can't wait to read that chris Haughton book!

  7. I LOVE Chris Haughton - Little Owl Lost is one of my favourite story time books, so I definitely have to get my hands on a copy of Goodnight Everyone!

  8. I am looking forward to your review of The Memory of Things! I thought it was a fun book to review. :) I am glad to hear the reader for The Hired Girl is good. I have the book and haven't gotten to it yet. Maybe I will listen to it on audio!

  9. I've purchased Towers Falling and School's First Day of School for my classroom library. They're awesome! I still need to read All Rise For The Honorable Perry T. Cook! I've heard a lot of great things about it! Have a great week!

  10. It's so interesting that 9-11 is a trend in books recently right as 15 years is around the corner. It is historical enough that we need books to help our students understand the experience.

    Happy reading this week! :)

  11. I would love to find Goodnight Everyone! Love Chris Haughton. Also can't wait to find School's First Day of School I need to move into your blog this week!

  12. I've been reading so many great things about The Hired Girl - looking forward to reading it soon. Have you seen the play in Broadway yet? That may also be the reason why you manage to stick through the book as long as you are doing. :) Enjoy the rest of your week!