Sunday, January 22, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 1/23/12

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 
It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…who knows, you might discover that next “must read” book!
After doing the meme for a couple of weeks, we realized this would be a fun meme to start up with a kidlit focus - anyone reading and reviewing books in children's literature - it can be picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, you name it in the world of kidlit and it's in! We have loved being a part of this meme and we hope you do too!  We encourage everyone participating to go and visit the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and to comment on as many posts as you can. We love talking books and believe in sharing and discussing what we're reading. We hope you join us!

Last Week's Book Adventures:
Jen Says: It's awesome to look back at last week's post and see I read what I thought I would read. It did take me most of the week to finish listening to Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. There were a ton of characters and it took a long time to figure out what the meat-conflict of the book was all about but it was so fun at the same time. I can't think of a better current satire and I wish that's what I was reading when I learned about satire in high school!

I finished We Dine With Cannibals by C Alexander London and I did love it more than the first. It was a fun adventure. I also finished Stealing Magic by Marianne Malone and I liked that second book better than the first, too. I think Tom Angleberger might be on to something when he contends the second book in a series is always the best...

I'm slowly making my way through The Absent Author by Ron Roy just because I haven't spent time to get through it but I'm curious to find out what happened to the author who never showed for the book signing. I have been also reading The Story of the Trapp Family Singers because I have had it on my TBR forever and I love The Sound of Music and was intrigued by the true story behind the movie. I read Alan Katz's Poems I Wrote When No One Was Looking in my attempt to read more poems but I wasn't super impressed.

Kellee Says: This has been a great reading week! I finished some amazing novels, read some fun early middle grade chapter books and some phenomenal picture books.  The two novels I read Graceling by Kristin Cashore and Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys were easy 5 stars and I cannot recommend them both enough.  They are at completely different ends of the spectrum- high fantasy vs. historical fiction- but they both are exemplar in their own genre.  The fun chapter books I read, The Knights' Tales books by Gerald Morris, are perfect for any 4-6 grade classroom. They are funny, adventurous renditions of Knights of the Round Table stories. Lastly, I read 7 really amazing picture books, 4 of which were nonfiction and 2 of which I could see in the Caldecott list today: 
*Ballet for Martha by Jan Greenberg & Sandra Jordan, illustrated by Brian Floca
*Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
*I am the Book compiled by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrated by Yayo
*You Will Be My Friend! written and illustrated by Peter Brown
*Press Here written and illustrated by Herve Tullett
*Me...Jane written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell
*Balloons over Broadway written and illustrated by Melissa Sweet
While all of these were very good (3-5 stars on them all) Me...Jane and Balloons over Broadway are phenomenal and you should read them now. 

Reviewed Last Week:

Just click on any picture above to go read the review

Upcoming Book Adventures: 
Jen Says: I started listening to Looking for Alaska by John Green, I'm only 2 CDs in so far and it definitely has already reminded me of Paper Towns. Like Kellee, I loved The Fault in Our Stars and now nothing can compare! After I finish The Story of the Trapp Family Singers I am really excited to start Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani. I need to finish The Absent Author this week, too. I'll be rereading the end of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness to discuss with Colby next week (it's our last week discussing this book and I'm sure this week will be intense.)

Kellee Says: This week I will be starting a new audiobook since I finished Graceling and I decided that I am going to continue listening to Kenneth Oppel's Matt Cruse adventures.  The first was Airborn and I adored the story and audio, so I'll be starting Skybreaker tomorrow.  Tomorrow I am also going to start Stephanie Perkin's novel Lola and the Boy Next Door which I am excited to read as I loved Anna and the French Kiss.  We'll see what happens after that. 

This Week's Reviews:
Check back throughout the week to hear about these books. 

So, what are you reading this week? 
Please link up below and don't forget to check out other blogs to see what they are reading!


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