Monday, March 20, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? 3-20-17

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.

Last week I finished reading:

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
There is no doubt this book is beautifully written. It kind of reminds me of a mashup of The Road and The Book Thief. I just couldn't get past the idea that this book felt more like adult literary fiction than YA.  

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo 

If you teach high school, this book must go in your classroom library. 

Egg by Kevin Henkes  
Egg has a magic about it that we've come to expect from Kevin Henkes. Both in its gentle, soothing illustrations and darling story. I could see this book being a Caldecott contender but especially a Geisel contender.

Sad, the Dog by Sandy Fussell, illustrated by Tull Suwannakit
When a dog's cruel owners abandon him when they move away, the new family that moves into the house takes him in as theirs. A sweet, heartfelt story about how pets sometimes find us instead of the other way around. 

Currently reading:

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
I'm only on chapter 3 but I'm already completely gutted. This book is so important and a much-needed conversation starter. 


  1. I've heard so much about The Hate U Give. It definitely sounds like a powerful book. For some reason, I haven't read Egg yet, but I love Kevin Henkes.

  2. Oh, Sad, the Dog looks beautiful, but that cover just tugs at my heartstrings! :'(

    And I've been seeing The Hate U Give everywhere, but alas it has not arrived in my library system yet. :'(

  3. I felt the same way about Anna and the Swallow Man. But it is haunting. Just started reading with my ears THE HATE U GIVE. Need to look for Sad, the Dog.

  4. I have Anna and The Swallow Man, can't get started, but maybe soon. Sad the Dog looks like a book for my brother who ran a shelter/foster program for years. He can't turn away an animal. Thanks, Beth.

  5. I've seen If I Was Your Girl, but now you have me interested even more in it!
    The Hate U Give... what an important book. It's one I want to reread.

  6. Another book praise for The Hate You Give - I have to get my hands on that book soonest!