Monday, July 27, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 7/27/15

What better way to cure those Monday blues than to talk about my favorite thing - books!
It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys and then refocused onto KidLit by Jen of Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers. It's a fantastic way to reflect on your reading and discover great new titles by connecting with the other bloggers that link up.  

I finished reading:

Rollergirl by Victoria Jamieson
 12 year-old Astrid finds herself drifting away from her long-time friend as they pursue different interests. For Astrid - it's all about roller derby - and it's not so clear whether their friendship is going to make it. My 8 year-old daughter and I just loved this graphic novel - and we were psyched to find something as fun as Sisters and Smile. I'm planning to surprise her with tickets to see an Assault City Roller Derby bout next month.  Can't wait!!

This title has been hanging out in my room for a long, long time, and I'm so glad I finally picked it up!  It's a sweet, fun read about a middle school kid whose origami Yoda seems to give oddly enlightened advice. Is it something supernatural or is there more depth to this strange kid than everyone thinks?

Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: The Underground Abductor (An Abolitionist Tale about Harriet Tubman)
Another incredible book this week - heart wrenching, harrowing, horrible - I think I'll remember more about Harriet Tubman's life from reading this one graphic history than from any other source I've read.  It's powerful...  and I appreciate that it does not gloss over our nation's often deplorable acts.

Nathan Hale needs to take very good care of himself so he can write lots more book like this!  

As my entire family will tell you - I have been talking about this book all week!  Did you know that some Renaissance men would store snacks in their codpieces? Or that no one wore underwear until the 1800s? Or shoes were not made with a left and right foot until about 150 years ago?
This is going to be a great non-fiction addition to my classroom library this year!

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
Getting an advanced reading copy of this graphic novel is one reason I love my husband's job! I'll be writing a full review of this title in a bit - so more on this later...

I am currently reading:

I am currently listening to:

The Boleyn Reckoning (Laura Anderson)
I am such a sucker for the Tudors! How would English history be different if Anne Boleyn's son had actually survived?  Oooo... count me in!

What have you been reading this week? Comment below or link up!

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  1. Nice assortment of books. Why'd They Wear That and The Underground Abductor are going on my next book order. Here is my weekly report. Happy reading!

  2. I'm interested to hear more about Awkward. That looks like it will definitely be a popular title when it comes out.

    1. Beth - It was just released last week. Parts of the plot were a bit contrived but overall I thought it was really good. The coloring of the panels were more subdued than some other graphic novels - almost sepia tone.

  3. I still haven't read Roller Girl, but many of you are shouting about it! Thanks for the review too of The Underground Abductor, sounds so good. And I love Sarah Albee's books, need to get that one!

    1. Ah - I have not yet read any of Sarah Albee's other books - what do you recommend?

  4. You've read such awesome-sounding Graphic Novels this week! I have yet to read any of the Nathan Hale series, but I've heard such great things. Why'd They Wear That came in at my library about a month ago, and I thought it looked really intriguing but I just haven't had a chance to look through it yet. I love fashion history!

  5. I loved Babysitter's Club growing up. I'll have to try the graphic novel.

    I love the Tudors as well. Have you read Alison Weir's books? She has both fiction and nonfiction books about them.

    I just finished reading The Martian. A good SciFi novel.

    Teaching in an Organized Mess

  6. My 13 year old girl simply adored Roller Girl and the graphic novel adaptation of The Babysitter's Club. I am hoping to read both books in the coming weeks. :)


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