Monday, September 24, 2018

It's Monday! What are you reading? 9-24-18

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.

It's been a couple weeks since I've posted. So I have a variety of books to share with you.

I finished reading:

Lost Soul, Be at Peace by Maggie Thrash
The sequel to Maggie Thrash's Honor Girl, this graphic memoir is tinged with sadness, grief, and magical realism. 

I finished reading with my ears:

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Listening to the audio of this book left me equal parts calmed at her steadiness and bereft at what could have been.

Picture books I loved:

What Can a Citizen Do? by Dave Eggers, illustrated by Shawn Harris
This is probably the only time you will ever hear me say that the pictures in this picture book are incidental because reading the text straight through without stopping to look at the pictures is actually the real treat here. That is a testament to Dave Eggers’ amazing writing.

Pig the Star by Aaron Blabey
More antics from Pig the Pug. Fun but formulaic.

Mission Defrostable by Josh Funk, illustrated by Brendan Kearney
Another fun foodie frolic in the fridge with Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast, this time with a new villain and some help in a surprising place.

Currently reading:

Rabbit and Robot by Andrew Smith

Currently Reading with My Ears:

The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell
W. Kamau Bell's CNN show United Shades of America is one of the best things on television today. So I love that listening to Bell narrate this audiobook is just like one long episode of his show. 


  1. I love what you said about Egger's writing in What Can a Citizen Do. I've just almost picked this one up (but had too many others I wanted to get to). So I'm determined to squeeze this one into my October reading. Thanks so much for sharing, Beth!

  2. I too like hearing about the Egger's book. I know I will read it and then pass it on to my daughter who also is a fan of his. Glad to hear that you liked Josh Funk's new book, too. I keep reading that it's another good one.

  3. Can't wait to hear more about Rabbit and Robot! Yes, loved What Can a Citizen Do. I read an ARC of it, need to order it now!

  4. I just put a hold on Maggie Thrash's Honour Girl and this title.
    What Can a Citizen Do? was already on my to read list but now I really want it!

  5. I own a copy of What Happened but have been postponing reading it for the reasons you shared. Maybe, soon.