Monday, July 23, 2012

It's Monday! What are you Reading?

I read 24 books over the past week, so again, I will just highlight some of the best.

Newbery Challenge: Carry on Mr. Bowditch has been one of my favorite Newberys for a long time. I first read it many years ago and loved Nat. His mathematical thinking is just amazing and it is fun to see anyone with such a passion for numbers and exactitude. What boggles the mind is that this is a novel based on a real person.

Picture Book: My favorite this week was Baby Bear Sees Blue. The illustrations are rich and gorgeous. It is a lovely book about colors.

Survival/Mystery: I am happy that some members of the #nerdybookclub discussed the middle grade novel Leepike Ridge. It is a book that we have in our school library, but I had never heard of it before. A young boy gets swept into a subterranean river and must find a way to survive in the caves. There is a lot of suspense and an intriguing mystery too.

Battle of the Books: I have always heard of the Joey Pigza series, but had never read it. I am glad that they have it on the battle list so it forced me to read this surprisingly moving book. In Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, Gantos has shown us a little taste of what it might be like to live with ADHD.

Horror: The Monstrumologist was not my typical type of book. I tend to stay away from horror, but this one had been talked about quite a bit. It grabbed my attention and I just couldn't look away. If you don't like graphic violence or blood and gore descriptions, this is not really the book for you. It really made me contemplate whether monsters truly exist.

Young Adult: I re-read How I Live Now and once again loved it. Daisy is an awesome narrator. And I finally read Ship Breaker. This was a fantastic futuristic adventure.

For the coming week:
I will finally read Darth Vader and Son. I have been on a waiting list at the library, but it is finally on the way. I will read at least one or two for the Newbery Challenge. I think Miracles on Maple Hill is next. I am planning to read several more for the WEMTA Battle of the Books in preparation for the coming school year too. Happy reading!


  1. I really need to reread both How I Live Now and Ship Breaker. Isn't The Monstrumologist crazy? I listened to the audiobook for that one and it was beyond creepy.

    1. I started listening to the audio book and yes it was crazy creepy. I switched over to reading the book though because I was impatient.

  2. I find I get impatient with audio books, too! Or distracted. The only way I can successfully listen to one is while driving. (And generally while driving somewhere I know!). I'm excited to hear what you think about Darth Vader and Son next week :)

  3. How I Live Now and Ship Breaker look really interesting!!! I'm going to go check them out on Good Reads. Thanks for sharing!

  4. My 3yo and I love Baby Bear Sees Blue. The illustrations are just incredible. I also read Joey Pigza several years ago, as an undergraduate. I agree, a good glimpse into the head of a child with ADD.


  5. Good to know kids like Baby Bear too. I knew it was beautiful, but haven't used it with students yet.