Sunday, May 27, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 05/28/12

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: I didn't really stick to my reading plans from last week except for finishing Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow. It was an interesting read and definitely inspirational. He is such a hard worker. The quote that I loved the most was: "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard." He is adamant about how hard he works at everything he does and it was remarkable to hear about.

Colby had recommended Fig Pudding by Ralph Fletcher as we were reading See You At Harry's so I read that and then one of my students returned the ARC of Kate Messner's Capture the Flag so I jumped into that. It is so much fun! Another super great book from Kate. It actually reminded me a little of Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger. 

Kellee Says: This week was a pretty productive week. First, I finished a few novels Luminous by Dawn Metcalf, Burnout by Adrienne Maria Vrettos and Bronxwood by Coe Booth- 3 very different novels. Luminous is a beautifully written book, but I was just confused through most of it, Burnout is about a young girl who awakens on a subway and cannot remember how she got there, and Bronxwood is about a young man living in the Bronx. I also read The Griff a "grown-up" graphic novel by Christopher Moore- an... interesting apocalyptic story.

Then, this weekend, I realized that many of my downloaded e-galleys from NetGalley were going to expire, so I decided to sit down and read many of them. I stayed up pretty late on Saturday and finished Legends of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke, The Bremen Town Musicians by Brian Wildsmith, 50 Climate Questions by Peter Christie, Seeing Red by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, Play Ball by Nunzio DeFilippis, Tall: Great American Folktales by Donald Lemke, Victory (Resistance #3) by Carla Jablonski, and Time Voyage: Return to the Titanic by Steve Brezenoff. Phew! It was a fun readathon! I really enjoyed most of them and I will probably buy them all for my classroom because I know student readers who will like each and every one of them. 

Reviewed Last Week:
Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1)Lemonade: and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word
Just click on any picture above to go read the review

Upcoming Book Adventures: 
Jen Says: I am going to venture into reading Froi of the Exiles which is the second in the Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta. I love Finnikin of the Rock and am excited to see what this next book holds in store for the people of Lumatere. It's a long book that I don't even anticipate finishing this week...and I do want to read The High Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate so I'm sure I'll alternate between these two.

On audio I am kind of undecided about what I'm going to listen to...but I am leaning towards Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King or The Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Barnhill. Since there is no school on Monday, I'll probably start it on my drive to work on Tuesday. I'm really looking forward to having more time to read over the summer!

Kellee Says: I have 3 more NetGalley e-galleys that I hope to finish tonight: Crogan's Loyalty by Chris Schweizer, Scarlett Dedd by Cathy Brett and Broxo by Zack Giallongo- three very different graphic novels. I am also going to start I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan and hopefully get to The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas. I'm also going to continue listening to The Night Circus, which I should finish, and then I'll start listening to Hound Dog True by Linda Urban.  It is going to be a great reading week! 

Everyone enjoy your Monday off! :) 

This Week's Reviews:
This Dark Endeavor
The Berlin Boxing Club 
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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