Monday, June 13, 2022

It's Monday! What are you reading? 6-13-22


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.

Join me this Wednesday at 7 PM ET for NCTE's Build Your Stack virtual event: The Best Books of the 2021-2022 School Year. Thanks Jen Vincent for inviting me to participate! You don't have to be an NCTE member to attend, but you do have to register in order to attend. 

I recently read and enjoyed:
The Name She Gave Me by Betty Culley
The Name She Gave Me is perfect for readers who loved Robin Benway's Far From the Tree. This book is a reminder that adoption isn't just about saving a life, it also leaves scars and there can be harm, trauma and dysfunction within adoptive families just as much as biological families. This book publishes on June 21st and I'm already planning on ordering a copy for my school library since I have quite a few students who loved Far From the Tree so I know they will devour this book. 

Noodle and the No Bones Day by Jonathan Graziano, illustrated by Dan Tavis
This book is an absolute delight. Jon Graziano and Noodle the pug have stolen our hearts on social media with their daily “readings” of whether it’s a Bones Day or No Bones Day. Jon Graziano has reminded us all what a joy and privilege it is to take care of a senior dog with all their quirks and frustrations. I especially love the message in this book to listen to your intuition and take care of yourself based on what your body is telling you to do rather than just powering through for the sake of The Hustle. For that reason it’s a great book for kids AND adults. 

The Blur by Minh Le, illustrated by Dan Santat
Minh Le and Dan Santat are required reading. Always.

Great book for graduations in lieu of Oh the Places You'll Go.

Currently (still) reading:

Hummingbird by Natalie Lloyd

Currently reading with my ears:

Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole by Susan Cain

I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day

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  1. I hope your event this Wednesday goes well, Beth! And all of these books look great—I'm especially intrigued by The Name She Gave Me (and Far From the Tree, for that matter). And Noodle and the No Bones Day looks delightful as well! Thanks so much for the wonderful post!

  2. I enjoyed I Can Make this Promise and hope you do too. I am curious about these books about adoption, but not sure I want to read them. My family story about meeting a half brother didn't turn out well. My partner is adopted and had no desire to ever learn more about his birth family. It sure can be complicated.

  3. I went to my local bookstore this weekend and meant to take a look at a copy of Blur (since I looked it up online and knew they had it in stock). Your post just reminded me that I forgot to do that! I guess I have another excuse to go to the bookstore again!