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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 ūüôā

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!


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


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It‚Äôs 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?