Sunday, March 18, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 3/19/12



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: Wow! Last week was a really long week! I can't believe how much I read compared to what I thought I would read. I finished Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys and then also finished If I Stay by Gayle Forman (both on audio).

For real book reading, I read Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood an interesting look at Freedom Summer, love the spunk Glory has in the book. Next, I read The Humming Room by Ellen Potter. I love her writing. It was unique because it's based on The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett so I already had a sense of what was going to happen. It's the same but different. I loved Curveball by Jordan Sonnenblick. Another great addition to his list of awesome books. I zipped through The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler, too. This one was a crazy flashback to high school because I was the same age as the characters in 1997. It was wild. Very fun. I'll be curious to hear what now teens think of it. Finally, Peanut and I are listening to the first in the Geronimo Stilton series. 

Kellee Says: Like I predicted, it was a slow reading week. With going to Future Problem Solving state competition this week (I am so nervous!!) and missing 3 days at the end of the nine weeks- I had a TON of work to do at work.  But, luckily, what I did read was awesome! I read both May Amelia books- wow! That Jenni Holm can truly write a great book about a sassy young lady. 

Reviewed Last Week:
  The One and Only Ivan 
Just click on any picture above to go read the review

Upcoming Book Adventures: 
Jen Says: On audio, I listened to the first two tracks of The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai which I'm sure will take me most of the week. The real life book that I started today is See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles. I am enjoying it and am anxious to see how all Fern's relationships develop and change. Already there are lots of interesting storylines I can see developing. I also have Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum by Meghan McCarthy to read in my library bag that looks like a lot of fun. 

Kellee Says: I am writing this early Sunday before I leave for the competition and I still hope to get some reading done tonight.  I hope to read a pile of picture books I have from the library including Grandpa Green, Extra Yarn, A River of Words, Little Beauty, Here Come the Girl Scouts, Art, and 2 Kadir Nelson books.  My spring break starts at the end of this week and I cannot wait to do #bookaday with all my Tweeps.  My break will start with seeing Hunger Games (in IMAX!) at midnight- what a great way to start!!  Then I will begin reading- lots and lots of reading. I have way too many piles that I know I will not get through and I need to prioritize at some point.  The piles are a mix of books I need to read for reviews, middle grade books I've heard great things about, and sequels to books that I loved.  I also have 2 adult books I want to read- the 5th book in the Spellman series by Lisa Lutz (love them! If you haven't read The Spellman Files, you really should) and The Paris Wife which my dad gave me for Christmas.  Oh, and a pile of graphic novels from the library.  So, we'll see how it goes! 

This Week's Reviews:
   Back When You Were Easier to Love  The Way We Fall  Stitches
Check back throughout the week to hear about these books. 
This week we will also be introducing our It's A-Okay to Reread in April challenge! Don't forget that on 3/31/12 we're celebrating the end of our Dystopian vs. Post-Apocalyptic series! We will have a blog hop so you can write your own post or book review about the topic and link up here.  

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!

Happy reading this week!
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