Monday, February 6, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? 2-6-17

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.

Currently reading:

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
A friend of mine at Simon & Schuster who knows how much I love Jason Reynolds sent me the bound manuscript of his newest YA novel. It's in verse  The premise is that it takes place in only a few seconds as the main character is going down an elevator on his way to shoot the guy who killed his brother. Did I mention it's in verse? It is amazing, y'all. Getting boxes of books for the Walden Award committee makes for some pretty awesome book mail, but I gotta say, this is the best book mail I've ever gotten. :)

Still reading with my ears:

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
This has been a great book to listen to on my commute to and from work every day. I'm really enjoying the 2017 Odyssey winner.

Picture books I enjoyed last week:

Boo Who? by Ben Clanton 
Sprinkles, Gizmo, Wild, and Rex are back. This time, Rex is behaving himself and the foursome lets a new friend join their group. But Boo doesn't seem to fit in-- because, well, he's hard to see. If you loved Rex Wrecks It (and if you didn't, we can't be friends) then don't miss Boo Who? It hits bookstores in August.   

XO, Ox by Adam Rex illustrated by Scott Campbell 
Clever, funny, and adorable. Adam Rex is a longtime favorite author of mine and his recent picture books have been home runs.  

We March by Shane W. Evans  
This book is stunning. Spare in text but full of meaning and emotion.  


  1. I am absolutely green with envy. I adore Jason Reynolds. I discovered Anna and the Swallow Man is available as an audiobook from my library so I've put a hold on it. I am a fan of Ben Clinton (who isn't) but haven't read Boo Who? i guess I have to rememdy this.

  2. Jealous as all get out that you got to read that Jason Reynolds book!

  3. Boo Who? and XO, Ox both look like awesome picture books! I'll definitely look for them! Have a great week!

  4. NO WAY! I can't believe you got your hands on it! Can you feel my jealousy all the way over there?

  5. Woohoo! Congrats on the Jason Reynolds score. I'm totally jealous, but happy for you.

  6. Anna and the Swallow Man looks really powerful. I am excited to find XOOX in my library.

  7. Haven't read anything by Jason Reynolds yet, so colour me intrigued. Boxes of books - wow! Love the sound of that.