Sunday, April 21, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 4/22/13

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: Life is still a whirlwind but I'm chugging along and did get a lot of reading done actually. I finished re-listening to All American Girl which is a book that I still love. I started listening to Will Grayson, Will Grayson again, such a treat to listen to this book again. In preparation for the culmination of our Girl Power series this week/next week, I finished up Chris Healy's The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle. What a fun read! For picture books, I read and loved Lemony Snicket's The Composer is Dead. I was pleasantly surprised by how creative it was.

Kellee Says: I mixed up my reading this week throwing in a couple of professional books, early readers, a graphic novel and a novel. It is always nice to have a good mix of reading in. First, I finished Book Love by Penny Kittle which was such an inspiring book and I cannot wait to be able to implement many of what Penny Kittle taught me. I also read Motivating Students Who Don't Care by Allen Mendler which included many strategies that I already use, but gave me some great new ones as well. The early reader books I read were book 1 and 2 of The Chatswood Spooks series by Notti Thistledore which are cute, (not) scary stories about a quirky group of ghosts just trying to find their way. Probably my favorite read of the week, next to Book Love, was the graphic novel Yummy by G. Neri. As readers of TMT know, I was a HUGE fan of Ghetto Cowboy so when I saw this graphic novel, I picked it up immediately and it did not disappoint. I will make sure to review it on a NF Wednesday at some point. Finally, I finished the novel Small Damages by Beth Kephert which was a beautifully written novel that in the end was quite powerful. 

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

Upcoming Book Adventures: 
Jen Says: This week the busy-ness continues! Edcamp Chicago is on Saturday. I have been looking forward to it for a long time now and can't wait! With all the Edcamp planning, I'm anticipating I'll get mostly audiobook reading done. I plan to continue listening to  Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I do have the Bink and Gollie books to reread and Squid and Octopus. Otherwise, I have a few professional books to listen to and read that I hope to sneak in when I can! 

Kellee Says: Right now I am currently reading Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein and I am about 2/5 of the way through. Right now, I am liking it, but it is such a dense book that it is very hard to read for long periods of time. I have been told that at about halfway, the story gets to where you don't want to put it down- I am looking forward to this. I am also listening to Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris continuing my Sedaris-thon. I just love his memoirs; they crack me up. 

This Week's Reviews:
Harlem: A Poem 
Our Girl Power Series goes into full throttle this week with posts from 
authors J.E. Thompson and Chris Healy as well as Jen and Kellee. 
Check back throughout the week to hear about these books. 

So, what are you reading this week? 
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