Monday, January 2, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? 1-2-17

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 New Year! I'm hoping that 2017 can right some of the wrongs of 2016. Over on my teacher blog, I wrote about my One Little Word for 2017.

Last week I posted about my favorite books of 2016

Last week I finished reading with my ears:

Rising Strong by Brene Brown
While I enjoyed Daring Greatly better than Rising Strong, I think that mostly had to do with the fact that Daring was my first foray into the work of Brene Brown and so I had many aha! moments while reading that book. I had fewer Aha! moments with Rising Strong, but it is not less inspiring and important work. Where Daring Greatly talks about the need to be vulnerable and stand in the arena, Rising Strong discusses another important topic: what happens when you enter the arena, dare greatly, and fail? How do we rise from our disappointments, failures, and heartbreaks?

The Crown by Kiera Cass    

This series has definitely been a guilty pleasure read and I found myself enjoying this one more than the others in the series. 

Picture books I read last week:

Daddy, Papa, and Me by Leslea Newman, illustrated by Carol Thompson
Thank You and Good Night by Patrick McDonnell 
Before Morning by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Beth Krommes

Currently reading with my ears:

The Tao of Martha by Jen Lancaster  


  1. I see that we share some favourite books - Salt to the Sea, The Memory of Things, Hour of the Bees and Penguin Problems :-) Preaching to the Chickens is one book I still haven't got my hands on!

  2. I am impressed that you were able to hone your favourites down to so few books. I'm still trying to figure out what the best of the best are. I keep telling myself that it's all about the process, not the finish line. If I had to pick one favourite MG novel, Hour of the Bees might be it though. Any others that are on your list that I missed are now on my to read list for next year.

  3. I liked a lot of those books too - Dragon Was Terrible is such a fun read aloud. Hour of the Bees is on our Mock Newbery. Loved The Memory of Things!

  4. All of your favorites are some of mine too, Beth, except Last True Love Story and Hour of The Bees, still unread. The picture books last year pleased me a lot! Happy New Year!

  5. I've never read Cass's books, but I'll admit that I am curious.
    Read The Sun is Also a Star! I liked it more than Everything, Everything, and I really liked Everything, Everything. :)

  6. Salt to the Sea, I Dissent, and Ideas are all Around are also some of my favorites. I still need to get Preaching to the Chickens. I suspect it would hit my favorite list.

  7. I Dissent was my first book read in 2017 - and I have a feeling that it's going to be a theme throughout the year. :)

  8. Loved your favorites list :)

    Happy new year, and happy reading this week!