Sunday, May 4, 2014
A Good Dose of YA Goes a Long Way #IMWAYR
It's Monday! What are you Reading is a meme began by Sheila at Book Journeys as a way to share what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and what is in store for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading. I first learned about it from Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki of Unleashing Readers and have become a regular linked up blog. Thanks #PLN
This has been a great week for YA reading. Maybe it's because I am having so much fun taking part in the #yalove chats every couple of weeks. This week we got creepy and pulled out our favorite ZOMBIE thrillers. I have been trying to read Dead City (book trailer) in between student hold pick ups in the library. I can't keep the title in long enough for me to read it. (middle grade novel)
I am currently reading Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry but will have to give it up due to a student begging me for the only library copy. I am really enjoying the adventure.
I also finished reading the fantasy-sci-fi thriller Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick. Eric and Merle are destined to meet again seven times under seven different moons spanning many centuries. Their love is one that time cannot separate. I really liked how Sedgwick wove the stories together with the dialogue but I was baffled at times over the characters of Eric and Merle. I won't spoil the story for you.
Another wonderful read this week has been Laurie Halse Anderson's The Impossible Knife of Memory. If you are a fan of Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor and Park, then this is the book for you. It's powerful and moving.
I am also listening to Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I believe the audiobook may have been the best choice for reading this book.
The story switches between Clay, a boy who has received a set of cassette tapes to Hannah, a girl who has just committed suicide. Hannah is explaining why she has sent this set of tapes and a map to a list of people who have had an impact on her life, or rather ending her life. I am still at the beginning of this very mysterious and sad story.
My preschool and Kinder read alouds this week are Way Far Away on a Wild Safari by Jan Peck and Babies in the Bayou by Jim Arnosky (a genius).
Texas Bluebonnet Award nominees:
Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School was such a fun read. My students have been asking for books on pranks ever since I book talked this juicy delight of a book. I just smile and say, "Oh wow, there were some prank books at the book fair-we should have bought some (not)."
My 2nd-5th grade students are really enjoying me reading aloud Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. This is a challenge because I am one of those librarians who do character voices and after reading 7 chapters per class for 4 grade levels, my voice gets quite strained. I hope I will be able to last until we finish the whole book before the school year ends.
Have a lovely reading week. I know I will!