Monday, June 24, 2013

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? 6/24/13

This is my first attempt at a "It's Monday, What Are You Reading?" post. I've looked at some other blogs, and am feeling a bit overwhelmed at how inadequate my blog seems, and how much has changed in the past year that I've been neglecting blogs. So these are my stumbling first steps. I may not get all the attributes or links right, but I'm learning.

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts.
It was originally hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, but Jen & Kellee put a Picture Book to YA spin on it.

Since school ended on June 14, I've been trying to do #bookaday. Between wrapping up school and trying to get ready to move, I've not had the time to read that I would like during vacation. I keep reminding myself that it is only June and I still have two months ahead of me! My strategy for summer reading is to alternate between books I need to read for school and books I want to read for myself.
Clicking on the book's title will take you to it's page on GoodReads.

What I read last week:

Graphic Novels

William and the Lost Spirit by Gwen de Bonneval and Matthieu Bonhomme

Mercury by Hope Larson


Secrets of Truth & Beauty by Megan Frazer


MG/ Picture Book

Giant Squid by Mary M. Cerullo and Clyde F. E. Roper

Currently Reading/ On Deck:


Fox Forever by Mary E. Pearson

The Island of Lote by Emily Kinney

Professional Development

Notice & Note: Strategies for Close Reading by Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst

Adult/ Curriculum Related

The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

What else is going on? 

For my second summer, I am participating in Teacher's Write, an online writer's workshop for teachers and librarians hosted by Kate Messner, Gae Polisner, Jo Knowles, and Jen Vincent. It's a fabulous community! Click here for more information.


  1. tWO THING: #1 Word around the bookstore where i work is that Glass Castles is good. #2 Kate Messner as in Capture the Flag Kate Messner? I LOVE THAT BOOK!!

    1. I've been hearing good things about Glass Castle and may be adding it to my curriculum.
      Yes, Kate Messner as in Capture the Flag Kate Messner :) She's wonderful. One of my favorite YA/MG authors. I love everything she has written!

      Thanks for reading and commenting :)

  2. I read The Glass Castle last year and really enjoyed it. Very sad, but I highly recommend it!

    1. It's been on my TBR list for a while, but lately it keeps coming up. So I've tried to move it up the list.

  3. Welcome to the IMWAYR crowd! This is my favorite post of the week...I *always* end up adding titles to my TBR list. I haven't heard of either of the graphic novels you listed, so I'm adding those right now!
    Happy reading!

    1. Thanks for reading & commenting! Hope you enjoy the graphic novels! Happy reading to you, too!

  4. The Glass Castle is one of my all-time FAVORITE books. I really hope you enjoy it! I have heard great things about Notice and Note, although I haven't read it yet.