Sunday, December 30, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 12/31/12

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 had so much fun connecting my favorite 2012 books with my favorite 2012 songs in my 2012 Book Remix yesterday. I can't believe this year has come to an end and all the awesomeness that has happened this year! This week I finished Mindset and made it almost to the last CD of The Talent Code. Both are great reads that I would recommend to teachers. Fascinating and totally applicable brain research and insight into what motivates and ignites people. I also read some of Bird by Bird for Teachers Write and it's awesome. Very honest and funny, I'm looking forward to reading more.
     I also finished Sean Griswold's Head! It was great! I am a definite fan of Lindsey Leavitt now. I'm excited to read more of her books...including her 2013 book, Going Vintage...wish I had an ARC. Anyway! It was a great reading week!

Kellee Says: I love breaks. Not because I don't like my job, but because I can do #bookaday! This week I didn't accomplish everything I wanted to read, but luckily I have another week! 
     The big highlight of my week was that I reread the first 3 books of The Giver quartet and finally got to Son. MAN! The ending was SO good. I will definitely do a post about The Giver quartet now that I am done. Another high point was that I found a 2012 book that I almost missed and that I really enjoyed, The Last Free Cat by Jon Blake, which is a dystopian that is different than most of the ones out there. Also, I am a sucker for a book about a cat lover. I started listening to The Spiderwick Chronicles and got through 1.5 of them - so far so good.  Additionally I read The Glass Collector by Anna Perrera, a contemporary historical fiction novel taking place in the poverty-ridden outskirts of Cairo, and Teen Boat! by Dave Roman & John Green, a whacky graphic novel that my students will love, and enjoyed them both. 
     What I wanted to end with was another special moment of the week. My father is an art enthusiast (runs The Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, TN) and he found a special picture book called The Cat and the Bird by Geraldine Elschner which is inspired by the artist Paul Klee that he gave to me for Christmas. I read it immediately, but even before I began, there was a message from my dad that made me just tear up! It was such a sweet gesture and was a great picture book as well. 

Reviewed Last Week:

Just click on any picture above to go read the review

Upcoming Book Adventures: 
Jen Says: I'm planning to finish up Bird by Bird and The Talent Code. I did start Hide and Seek and I'm excited to read more. I love Kate Messner's strong characters. I also want to read Outliers. Overall, I'm so excited to start some more 2013 books! Yay! Here's to another great year and hopefully to more friends, continued friendships, and new fun in 2013. Huzzah!

Kellee Says: We'll see where this week goes! I have a pile of books to chose from and I have no rhyme or reason to them. I know I will read Hattie Ever After this week, but next to that we'll see what I choose! Happy 2013 TMT readers, fellow bloggers and book lovers!!! 

This Week's Reviews:
This week we are going to welcome the New Year by: 
Recapping 2012 Book Challenges
Choosing and Sharing Our 2013 Book Challenges
Kellee's Favorite Non-2012 2012 Reads
2013 Books We Are Looking Forward To
Jen's Bookish 2013 Un-Boring List 
Check back throughout the week to hear about these books. 

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