Sunday, March 25, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 3/26/12

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: First of all, I did listen to The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai. I didn't realize it was an adult book! I knew it had something to do with a library, but that was it. Honestly, this book didn't sit well with me. The main character wasn't someone I could really like plus the narrator's voice didn't seem to match what the text told me about the character. She sounded too nice and sweet when her actions in the book didn't make me feel like that was who she was. I can't recommend this book.

A book I can wholeheartedly recommend to you is See You At Harry's by Jo Knowles. What an emotional book. I gave it to a student of mine as soon as I finished. She was literally begging me to tell her what happens in the book that had me freaking out. I couldn't though, she had to read it for herself!

I also read and really enjoyed: Far From You a novel in verse by Lisa Schroeder, Where She Went (audio) the sequel to If I Stay by Gayle Forman, and Tua and the Elephant by RP Harris.

My favorite picture book of the week was: Where in the Wild by David M. Schwartz and Yael Schy. It is such a fun book! There is a picture where you have to spot a hidden animal and then you flip open the page to see if you were right and to read about the animal. We love this book!

Kellee Says: Since this week included my Future Problem Solvers state competition and the end of the nine weeks, I decided to focus mostly on graphic novels and picture books.  
I am happy to say that I read some really good picture books: Grandpa Green by Lane Smith, Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, Little Beauty by Anthony Browne (another ape book!), Art by Patrick McDonnell (so far I enjoy everything Patrick does and this is no exception. Made me think of my childhood), He's Got the Whole World in His Hands and Thunder Rose by Kadir Nelson (he is such a beautiful artist), A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jennifer Fisher Bryant (will be a great addition to my classroom), Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes (Love Kevin Henkes! I credit him with reigniting my love of reading), and Players in Pigtails and Here Comes the Girl Scouts! by Shana Corey (two really well done, great, interesting nonfiction picture books).

The graphic novels I read were also quite entertaining.  The Arrival by Shaun Tan is a fascinating wordless graphic novel about immigration.  I also read Point Blank and Skeleton Key, two graphic novel adaptations of Alex Rider novels by Anthony Horowitz, which are really well done. Lastly, I was happy to find a new graphic novels series: Daniel Boom AKA Loud Boy which was quite fun and I will definitely get it for my classroom.

As for novels, I did read the 2012 Printz Winner When Things Come Back and I can definitely tell why it won- it is so well written and such a complex, interesting, unique story. 

Reviewed Last Week:
Back When You Were Easier to Love The Way We Fall  Stitches 
Just click on any picture above to go read the review

Upcoming Book Adventures: 
Jen Says: I am thrilled for this last week of reading for two reasons: 1. It's spring break so I'm hoping to get in lots of reading! and 2. It's the last week of reading until I get to reread my favorites for the It's A-Okay to Reread in April Challenge that we're hosting here at TMT. I was able to get in a book a day so far for #bookaday and I hope to continue through the rest of break. We have lots of spring cleaning to do and I'm hoping to start trying to play guitar. On my list of books to read this week are: Shine by Lauren Myracle, White Cat (Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black, Vanish by Sophie Jordan and Mr. and Mrs. Bunny - Detectives Extraordinare by Polly Horvath. I need to finish Geronimo Stilton. We have the first three from the library that I would like to read.

Kellee Says: Spring Break!!!! Wow- this break is much needed (not that I don't love my job, I do, but I have lots of reading and blogging and housework and napping to catch up on).  I have a list of 24 books I want to read which is completely not possible, so we'll see how much I get done. I am definitely going to read See you at Harry's and Marty McGuire Digs Worms! but I hope to get many others read as well. I'll let you know next Monday :)

This Week's Reviews:
  Jellaby: Volume 1  Jellaby: Monster in the City (Jellaby, #2)  

Check back throughout the week to hear about these books. 
This week will also include an interview of the author of Neversink, Barry Wolverton on Thursday, our Dystopian vs. Post-Apocalyptic blog hop on Saturday 
AND we'll be participating in Bloggiesta hosted by There's a Book.  On Friday we'll share our plans for the Bloggiesta weekend. It's a busy week!
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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