It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (8)

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys where you can recap what you’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

Clicking the covers will take you to the Goodreads page for that book, where you can add it to your “To Read” list!

Last week I read

   Snitch    Boy21  A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl

Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom   Enclave (Razorland, #1)  Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy

I read about half of the books I said I would read last week, which is pretty good! I’m bad with sticking to a list because I’m mostly a mood reader…whatever is calling to me at that moment is what I’ll pick up.

Snitch was good. Gangs, absent parents, love story. I can see why it appeals to my students (urban and at-risk academically as well as socially) so much. The writing won’t win any literary awards, but that (I believe) was the author’s intent. She wanted to write a book for her students, who are very much like the ones I teach.

Give A Boy A Gun was pretty interesting. It’s told through short interviews with witnesses of a high school shooting, and it includes factual information about different school shootings as sort of footnotes at the bottom.

Boy21 was fabulous, and I posted a review of it here.

A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl is another I read because it gets passed around between my students a lot. Girls probably like it because it’s about learning from a relationship that hurt you. Boys probably like it because they thing Bad Boy is a player. It’s written in verse and has multiple POV (whoop!) of 3 girls who were played by Bad Boy. Reference to Judy Blume’s Forever in the book!

My son (9 years old) loves Frankie Pickle, so I’m catching up with him on that series. I paired that with Stuck in Neutral (#nerdprintz book) because they were both very short, and I needed to read 150 pages to mark a point in our Librarians vs. Teachers summerthrowdown!

Stuck in Neutral was pretty interesting. It’s told from the POV of a boy who has cerebral palsy and can’t speak or move at all. Everyone thinks he’s mentally retarded and can’t process information, when in reality he’s a very smart person trapped in a body that can’t communicate. It’s a *very* short, quick read.

Enclave was great. Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic novel where people have moved underground to tunnels and subway systems because the world has been destroyed “Topside.” When Deuce is forced to go Topside, is it really as bad as her Enclave has been telling her? Can’t wait for Outpost ARC mini-tour from Kathy at The Brain Lair!

Stop Pretending is another quick verse read that is based on the author’s experience when her older sister had a nervous breakdown. Sonya Sones is a great verse writer; I started another of hers that I hope to finish this week.

This week I’ll read:

I’m leaving Thursday for Chicago, and I have to clean house/pack before we leave, so I won’t have much reading time this week. I do hope to read:

                                                  What My Mother Doesn't Know (What My Mother Doesn't Know, #1)  Legend (Legend, #1)

And these e-books from the library:

And hopefully fiiiiinally finish this audiobook:The Book Thief

I just realized I said I won’t have much time for reading, then listed a million titles to read! I know I won’t finish them, but they’ll be there if I have the time!

I’m still logging my books for the Librarians vs. Teachers #summerthrowdown. Go #teamteacher!!

What about you? What are YOU reading this week?

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6 responses »

  1. You are ambitious, but I totally understand what you mean by “mood” reader. Go with what speaks to you! I loved Turtle in Paradise and look forward to getting to Penny From Heaven. My oldest gave it the thumbs up. Stuck in Neutral sounds like an interesting premise. Good luck getting ready for your trip–Super Mama Mode commence! 🙂

  2. You are amazing! How do you read so much in one week?! Wow! I’m exactly the same way with my reading and lists. It always changes, but it helps to have lists to keep me organized but who knows what I’ll pick up for sure. 😉

    Have a fabulous reading week and if you get a chance stop by There’s A Book to see what I’m up to as well. 🙂

    • Since it’s summer I’m getting a lot of reading done. And I read once the kiddos are in bed 🙂 Helps that some of the books are extra short!
      That’s kinda how my list works…it keeps me organized with a rough idea, but if something else sneaks in that’s a-ok 🙂

  3. Wow! Go #TeamTeacher! I read a lot too this past week. It’s hard fitting that AND Teachers Write! into my schedule. Today I need to watch Fahrenheit 451 because The Brain Lair and I are chatting about that. Did you see our post about the book last week?

    I’m on the mini tour of Outpost, too – so I requested Enclave from my library. Hope it comes in soon!

    • No I didn’t see the chat. I love Fahrenheit 451!
      It’s hard keeping up with which books I’ve logged for #TeamTeacher and which I haven’t. I think I’m just going to wait and log them each Friday!
      I hear you about trying to balance everything. I haven’t done my Teachers Write! stuff since Thursday. We had a busy weekend, and now I’m busy cleaning and getting ready for vacation!! Agh. 🙂

  4. I’m impressed! (And jealous…) I like Sonya Sones. I’ve read both of the books you have by her. I see that you have A Monster Calls on your list!!!!! I love that book. I hope you read that one before you read the others. I love it. Colby and I read it and discussed it for our I-94 book club, you should check out the conversations as you go. I would love to hear what you think about what we talked about. 🙂

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