Monday, August 10, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - 8/10/15

A less productive reading week this time, but I still fit in some great books while on vacation!

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:

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
What can I say about this book? It came so highly recommended that I was worried I'd be disappointed. Not at all! And I'm really looking forward to participating in the 2015 Global Read Aloud this year featuring this book. Ally is a character every teacher should know.

The Baby-Sitters Club graphic novel by Ann M. Martin & Raina Telgemeier
I think I actually screeched in the library when I discovered this graphic novel version of one of my favorite childhood series - by RAINA! Win-win! I've only delayed reading it because I couldn't pry it out of my daughter's hands.  :-)

Fairy Tale Comics edited by Chris Duffy
This collection is amazing and oh so WEIRD! While it includes some familiar stories - Snow White, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, etc...  each tale has a strange little twist to it.  And my daughters' favorites were the bizarre obscure stories like The Prince and the Tortoise (DON'T ASK!), The Boy Who Drew Cats (quietly creepy for sure...), and The Small Tooth Dog (in the words of my daughter: "Wait. WHAT?!!")  We've had LOTS of laughs reading these out loud before bed this week.

Babymouse: Queen of the World by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm
I wanted to really like this book and while it was okay.... it was... JUST okay.
I tried prompting my 8 year old to read it (she loves pink! this book is pink!) but she gave up 1/3 of the way through. Meh.

The Boleyn Deceit (Book 3) by Laura Anderson (Adult Audio Book)
Such a great series! I am always intrigued by alternative histories, and I have a soft spot for the Tudors. However... in the midst of the story, I had forgotten the brutality that those fascinating Tudors were famous for. I hate it when awful things happen to my favorite characters, so that was a rough listen, but the ending redeemed the earlier difficult spots. 

I am currently reading:

Less on my plate since I just got back from a fantastic three day trip to Hersheypark in PA. My oldest daughter is now tall enough to ride most of the coasters - my stomach is STILL recovering - ha! Here is me reading on 81 North while my sweet husband drives. 

AND.... at first I was psyched to see hundreds of books in the lobby of our hotel!  THEN I noticed they were all selected because their covers were blue.  Not cool, Sheraton. Not cool...

What was your reading life like this week? Comment below or link up!

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  1. I laughed when I read your comments about the book colours. Here in Vancouver there is a lovely pub that looks like it has book shelves full of walls. Alas, the books have been sawn off and are only an inch or so. I liked the Honest Truth, but I'll look forward to reading what you have to say about it next week.

  2. Eeeek The Babysitters Club in graphic novel?? Time to go re-live some of my childhood!!

    1. That's exactly how I felt, Carrie! It was fun. :-)

  3. Love your book suggestions. I'm getting ready to order one now!

  4. Sounds like you had a nice trip and read a nice selection of books. Come see my reading week here if you get a chance. Happy reading!

  5. I also read and loved Fish in a Tree this summer. I just bought Fairy Tale Graphics for my classroom and my daughter made off with it!

  6. I have the black and white Raina versions, so hate to replace. See if you can find the graphic novels Roller Girl and Holm's Sunny Side Up for your daughter. Both were great!

  7. I love a good hotel lobby library! We have some of the Fable Comics (the third in the series) graphic novelists coming to the store next month. Can't wait!

  8. I'm guessing that Fairy Tale Comics is a graphic novel? It looks fantastic! I would have to check if our library has a copy! I know how you feel about books being highly recommended and feeling disappointed after you've read it. I'm glad you loved Fish in a Tree, though. I have yet to read it, but it's the second week I've heard of the book! Thanks for sharing, Corrina! =)


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