Sunday, March 24, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 3/25/13

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: This week I finished listening to Outliers on audio and then read Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama. I definitely recommend Outliers. I really thought Monstrous Beauty was intense and unique with mermaids that are more like the ones at the bottom of the lake in Harry Potter than  Ariel from the Disney version. I also read and adored Hold Fast by Blue Balliett. What a heart-wrenching book to read but oh-so-good.
Kellee Says: For me, I am going to share my last 2 weeks of book adventures since I was MIA last week (The Future Problem Solver's state competition went so well! Minus the no working wi-fi, the stay and competition were great!). Over the last 2 weeks I have been mighty busy with my reading and all of it has been great books! In total, I have finished 10 novels, 5 graphic novels, and 2 picture books and I enjoyed every single minute of it.  I recommend all of these to you all!
   Novels: Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos- a novel looking at the effects of addiction on one's family. 
                 Never Enough by Denise Jaden- what seems like a book about sibling rivalry ends up being more than that.
                 Trash by Andy Mulligan- an important book that is not just a mystery, but gives us a look into poverty at a level that most of us cannot understand.
                 Fingerprints of You by Kristen-Paige Madonia- I cannot believe more people aren't talking about this book! A wonderful older teen book about a high school senior that finds herself pregnant and with questions about her past. 
                 Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler- Do not judge this book by its cover. It is more than just a book about a girl who bakes, it is about a girl finding love in herself, in others, and in her hobby.
                 Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz- an amazing LBGT book taking place in DC during the 2002 Sniper incident that is about the fear that the city felt as well as the fear that happens when you lose someone you love or find a new someone to love.
                 Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini- an afterlife story. 
                 Waiting by Carol Lynch Williams- a literary novel in verse about the affect that one death can have on others.  It is also about friendship and how friends can help you heal.
                 34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues- a 13 Reasons Why-esque book that goes through the present after a young girl dies of an overdose and the past that explains why. 
                 Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked by Jarrett Krosoczka- LOVED the animal puns in this one and loved sharing the book with my FPS students as I read it on Tuesday. Cannot wait to review this one!
                 Chin Music by Lee Edelstein- I'll be reviewing this one this week!
   Graphic Novels: Binky Takes Charge by Ashley Spires- Binky has big plans, but just like most "Cat
                       Plans" a dog is really good at messing them up. But Binky isn't going to stop trying, because there is a goal in mind: SPACE! A fun early reader graphic novel which will be a great ladder from Pete and Splat the Cat.
                 Into the Woods by J. Torres- Book one in a series about a boy who has discovered the power of SASQUATCH and in doing so has messed up the balance of the forest. The ending is definitely a cliff hanger and I'll be waiting for book 2!
                 Snorkeling with Sea-Bots by Amy J. Lemke- A fun, early reader graphic novel. Looking forward to reading more in the series. Also, love the fun activities and discussion starters at the end of
the book.
                 Luz Makes a Splash by Claudia Davila- LOVED this early reader graphic novel! A great story with a great message. Many of the issues that Luz deals with are so important and kids need to be exposed to them. Elementary teachers definitely need to get this for their classroom.
                 Odd Duck by Cecil Castellucci- This is perfect! A graphic novel for all ages that shares the importance of friendship and being yourself. A must read for everyone.
   Picture Books: Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas by Melanie Watt- Not the traditional Scaredy Squirrel story. A bit too long and busy, but fans of the traditional books will definitely enjoy.
                 Something to Prove by Robert Skead- Will be reviewing this week!

Reviewed Last Week:
Just click on any picture above to go read the review

Upcoming Book Adventures: 
Jen Says: I don’t feel like I did any of the reading I said I was going to do last week…I did start reading the 2nd volume of Archie but left it for other books. And I mean to start Storming the Castle but felt like I wanted to really focus on it and grabbed Hold Fast instead. So I’m back at reading Archie and Storming the Castle this week. I also have I Haiku You which looks super cute and we are reviewing soon.  I have a few teacher-y books from the library to read, too. We’ll see what I get done during spring break!

Kellee Says: With spring break here, I hope to get a lot of books read! I am starting with Cinder which I hope to finish today (it is awesome!). Then I have many books to chose from that I hope to get through. Yay for #bookaday!

This Week's Reviews:
Chin Music Something to Prove: The Great Satchel Paige vs. Rookie Joe Dimaggio 
Check back throughout the week to hear about these books. 

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1 comment:

  1. I'm looking forward to reading Hold Fast. I have the audio version. Love hearing about all your reading this week!


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