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 at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee & Ricki at Unleashing Readers added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.
Clicking the covers will take you to the Goodreads page, where you can add it to your “To Read” list!
The last 2 weeks I read:
Jo Knowles has secured her status on my list of favorite authors. She has a knack for writing stories and characters that touch people. Living With Jackie Chan is the companion to Jumping Off Swings, a book about a teen pregnancy and one of the most popular books in my classroom. In Jumping Off Swings, Josh gets Ellie pregnant after a one night stand. We hear from Josh (it’s told in alternating points of view from Ellie, Josh, and their two best friends, Corrine and Caleb), but the story is truly Ellie’s story. Living With Jackie Chan is purely Josh’s story of how he is dealing with everything after. If you’re a jr high/high school teacher, Jumping Off Swings is a book that NEEDS to be in your classroom library, and you need to add Living With Jackie Chan when it releases in September.
Also on my favorite author list, Leigh Bardugo. Her Grisha series is soooooo good!! Alina is so tortured. The Darkling is so creepy. Mal is so loyal. Agh! My heart! I cannot wait to see how this series ends in Ruin and Rising, and I really want to check out the mini-novellas The Witch of Duva, The Tailor, and The Too-Clever Fox. Even though I’ve only read like ONE mini-novella, I really love when authors take the time to do this and add that other dimension to their series.
Jessica Darling’s It List #1: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness & Perfection is the middle-grade prequel series for the Jessica Darling series, and shows how high school Jessica became who she is. I haven’t read any of the original Jessica Darling series, but this book was SO. CUTE. that I want to read the rest of the prequel series then move on to the Jessica Darling books. (Read ARC for Tweens Read Festival)
Another Tweens Read read was The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield. This book tells the story of Alexander, the last of the bad Baddenfield family, and his 9 deaths after having his cat’s lives transplanted into him. This was a cute read, and I think it would be perfect for 4th-6th graders.
I loved Kasie West’s Pivot Point, and (though a completely different genre) I equally loved The Distance Between Us. Kasie West is definitely on my auto-buy list…I just love her style and her characters! The Distance Between Us was a great contemporary with a cute guy and sarcastic girl. I can’t wait to meet her at Blue Willow Bookshop in August!
I bought Speechless in December with a Christmas B&N gift card, book talked it in January when we came back from break, and saw it snatched up in 1st period. It made the round through about 3 or 4 students and was returned to the shelf in the back of a basket. I honestly had forgotten about it until an “end of year inventory” project with my homeroom. We added it to the inventory list, and I added it to my summer TBR. After reading this book, it will NOT be lost in the back of basket again. This book is powerful, and it could definitely foster some great conversations in the classroom.
Two great graphic novels this week. My students already love Cardboard, but Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong was an addition late in the school year, so I can’t wait for this one to make the rounds this coming year!
This week I plan to read/continue:
The first two are for Tweens Read.
45 Pounds is from Netgalley
The last two are for the fun teacher’s YALit class I’m doing this summer. Check it out!
Since I’m not spending as much time in the car, it’s been difficult to listen to much of Insignia lately. I can’t wait to see how it ends!