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July Reading Re-cap


July was a big reading month for me! It was partially due to motivation by the #summerthrowdown challenge I participated in with some teachers and librarians on Twitter. We’re now in round 2 of the challenge, and my reading is still going strong.

I didn’t read as many professional books as I had planned. I feel like I need time/space to be fully immersed in professional texts — I’m highlighting, taking notes, planning, annotating, etc — whereas I can get by with not being as intense when reading for enjoyment. It’s kind of hard to get fully focused when three kids are running around the house ­čÖé

So here is my reading re-cap for the month of July. Rather than linking to each title, I’m linking to my “read” shelf on Goodreads, so you can add them from there!

Picture Books

Elmo’s Ducky Day by Sarah Albee
Horse by Malachy Doyle
Dog Biscuit by Helen Cooper
Tumble Bumble by Felicia Bond
11 Experiments That Failed by Jenny Offill
Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj
Monsters Are Afraid of the Moon by Marjane Satrapi
Chicken Dance by Tammi Sauer
Falcon by Tim Jessell

Middle Grades

Penny From Heaven by Jennifer Holm
A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

Middle Grades – Graphic Novels

Babymouse: Rock Star by Jennifer Holm and Matt Holm
Babymouse: Heartbreaker by Jennifer Holm and Matt Holm
Camp Babymouse by Jennifer Holm and Matt Holm
Babymouse: Skater Girl by Jennifer Holm and Matt Holm
Babymouse: Puppy Love by Jennifer Holm and Matt Holm
Babymouse: The Musical by Jennifer Holm and Matt Holm
Babymouse: Dragonslayer by Jennifer Holm and Matt Holm
Babymouse: Burns Rubber by Jennifer Holm and Matt Holm
Babymouse: Cupcake Tycoon by Jennifer Holm and Matt Holm
Babymouse: Mad Scientist by Jennifer Holm and Matt Holm
A Very Babymouse Christmas by Jennifer Holm and Matt Holm

Young Adult

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Legend by Marie Lu
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton
The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse
Outpost by Ann Aguirre
Ashfall by Mike Mullin
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Many Stones by Carolyn Coman
Every Day by David Levithan
One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones
Life As We Knew It by Susan B Pfeffer


Notebook Know-How: Strategies for the Writer’s Notebook by Aimee Buckner

I’m looking forward to a great reading month in August. If you have a similar wrap up post, leave your link…I would love to see what others are reading!


Top 10 Tuesday


This is a weekly meme hosted by the good folks at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is…

Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List

Everybody Sees The Ants┬áby A.S. King — I saw lots of talk about this title on Twitter in the fall. It’s almost always checked out from the public library, and my school didn’t have a copy. I’ve already put in my request on the waiting list at my public library; shouldn’t be too much longer!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor — There was some talk of this potentially winning the Printz award for 2011. I’ve only heard great things about it!

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen – This sparked a huge Twitter chat amongst people that I follow on Twitter, causing people to declare their allegiance with #TeamBear, #Team Rabbit, or other animals from the book. This summer is MY time to read it!

The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch — I will be listening to this audio book this summer, thanks to the Sync giveaways this summer. Each week you can download a free current YA and classic YA audio book. The books for June 14-20 were The Eleventh Plague and The Grapes of Wrath.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness — Another book with rave reviews that has been on my TBR forever. This series gets a lot of love from fellow teachers and librarians.

Babymouse (all!) by Jennifer Holm – I read Babymouse: Monster Mash last week and fell in love. Now I need ALL THE BABYMOUSE!!

See You At Harry’s by Jo Knowles — This is Jo Knowles’ newest release. Thanks to other people’s reactions on Twitter, I know that I’ll need a box of tissues to get through this one!

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein — This book has a 4.40 star rating on Goodreads. That’s pretty incredible. I had to pass up this one in favor of From What I Remember at the bookstore, and it was really hard! I’ve even seen authors raving about this title, so it HAS to be great!

┬áSnitch by Allison Van Diepen — Every year I have one student check this out in August, and it barely touches the shelf until June. We have about 3 copies in our library now, and they’re always checked out. I hate to take a book that a student wants to read, so this summer is MY turn!

Boy21 by Matthew Quick — Another book with rave reviews from my trustworthy Twitter friends! I started this one today, and I hope to finish it tomorrow!

I know that I’ll be reading a LOT more than just these 10 this summer, but these the books that I absolutely MUST read. What about you? What are you reading this summer?