Monday, May 9, 2022

It's Monday! What are you reading? 5-9-22

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 heavy week, friends. I hope you are all taking care of yourselves and have the support you need. 

Since the last time I posted, I decided, after the announcement of the person who will soon be buying Twitter, along with the steady decline of that platform and how people behave and use it, I've decided that I'm likely going to delete my account. I still have my account for now, but will no longer be actively using it. If you'd like to engage with me via social media, feel free to follow me on Instagram or TikTok.

I recently read and enjoyed:
As a longtime and loyal listener of Pantsuit Politics (as well as a show contributor by creating a teaching guide for their infrastructure series and also created an episode for their premium channel for teacher appreciation week called 5 Things Teachers Wish the General Public Knew) I didn't find necessarily anything new in this book. After listening to Sarah and Beth multiple times per week for the past six years, this book was a way to reinforce their greatest hits in writing. I enjoyed reading it and spending more time with them, but I didn't necessarily feel like there were any new revelations. For those picking this book up without having that experience with them, this book will be revelatory. To me it was a nice visit with some ladies who have felt like friends for the past six years.

Suggested Reading by David Connis
When an elite private school's administration and board vote to put a list of 50 books on their "prohibited media" list (interesting how they don't want the students to use the word banned), Clara Evans decides to run an underground library out of her locker.

Welp. This book has become even more relevant and prescient in 2022 than when it was published in 2019.

Starfish by Lisa Fipps
She had me at: "It's unknown how many students' lives librarians have saved by welcoming loners at lunch," on p. 31

I finished this book last night and haven't gotten Ellie's story out of my head all day. 

The Wild Garden by Cynthia Cliff
Jilly and her grandfather love exploring the wild place near their village where they forage for food as well as observe the animals and plant life, so when the townspeople decide to expand their community garden into the wild place, Jilly and her grandfather know they must do something to bring awareness to the community that a bigger garden doesn't necessarily make a better garden.

Currently reading:

Moonflower by Kacen Callender

Currently reading with my ears:

Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore


  1. I have not heard of Suggested Reading, sad that it's a thing now, Beth. Yes, Starfish is wonderful. I hope so many read & connect to it whether for themselves or for understanding others. I have Moonflower on the list, will add Miss Meteor. Have a nice week ahead!

  2. I didn't let my own children escape the cafeteria to come into the library. They needed to learn how to survive. If students want to come more than one day, I refer them to the guidance counselors. I'm not trained to deal with their problems. I do have Moonflower up on my list.