Sunday, January 27, 2013

It's Monday! What are You Reading?

Jen & Kellee over at Teach Mentor Texts host a meme every Monday that invites people to share the children's and young adult books they have been reading over the past week and what they plan on reading the following week.

You may find more complete information about what I am reading at Goodreads or by clicking on the Goodreads widget along the side of my blog.

Past Week:
Newbery Challenge

All three of these were re-reads and each also had a bit of mystery. What was funny was that I enjoyed them just as much or even more this time even knowing the ending ahead of time. With all of them, I felt like I was able to notice more details since I already knew the basic plot line. When You Reach Me has so many layers and twists that I still had to pay close attention. Moon Over Manifest felt even richer this time. I enjoyed the deep sense of place. Dead End in Norvelt also captured the setting very well. I felt like I knew the characters. I also laughed out loud on more than one occasion. Overall, this was a good week and it was exciting to be finishing up the Newbery Challenge. Now I am just waiting for the morning announcement at the ALA Youth Media Awards so I can read one final Newbery and completely finish this challenge - at least until next January. Yay!!

Picture Books

Lovabye Dragon was an adorable book about the unlikely friendship between a little girl and a dragon. I am so Handsome made me laugh. He is just as full of himself as the title makes him appear. This is also one of those books with a surprise ending. It is apparently a follow up to the book I am so Strong. I will have to read that one too. The Insomniacs was a book I could relate to as I am a night owl, but somehow the ending wasn't satisfactory so it was just okay.

Nerdy Shortlist 2012

After reading these two, I still have 23 Nerdy shortlist books to finish, but finishing the Newberys has been my priority. Now that I am done (or almost done) with those, I can focus on working my way through this awesome list. There Goes Ted Williams was a nice picture book biography. I especially liked the part at the end of the book that told about the more negative aspects of his personality so that he isn't portrayed entirely as a hero with no faults.

Dropping into the fantasy world of Shadow and Bone cost me some hours of sleep. I sat on the floor outside my bedroom door unwilling to go in to sleep. I was both bummed and pleased to realize at the end that it was the beginning of a series so there wasn't a nice tidy ending, but at least I know there will be more in the future.

Adult Fiction!!

Unbelievable, but I did actually read a book written for an adult audience. Strange, but true. Our former exchange student from Germany recommended it to me. Our library only had an audio version, so this is what I listened to each time I did my exercises. Measuring the World is about two very distinct personalities. One is a mathematician and the other is an explorer. It was not meant to be a comedy, but there were many funny bits in there.  One of the characters is a genius who is frustrated by the slow minds of the people around him. One time he said that "His students were the stupidest people he had ever met." It was a bit bizarre, but certainly entertaining.

For the Coming Week:
I will be reading the newest Newbery and then any of the major award books that I have not yet read. If that isn't many, then I will be working on the 2012 Nerdy Shortlist books because I want to know all of those books that the Nerdybookclub nominated last year before I move on to the 2013 books. I am so excited for the announcements! Have a great week.


  1. I read The Insomniacs this week too. The art completely bewitched me and also the image of moonbathing :-) I also just read I am Handsome and picked up I am Strong from the library. We must be on the same book wavelength . . . You reread some fantastic Newbery titles this week. I loved all three.

    1. Agree about the art in The Insomniacs - gorgeous.

  2. Good job on your Newbery Challenge-- very timely finish! I consider it a good year if I have already read the winner, especially if it is one I think my students will enjoy.

  3. I am so proud of you for rocking the Newbery Challenge.

  4. So proud of you for finishing the Challenge! I'm finally getting to the easier part, so I'm definitely going to finish this year :)

    I adored When You Reach Me (my love for Wrinkle in Time probably also helped) but didn't really "get" Dead End. I found many parts funny, but the jumps into the historical stuff just didn't jive for me. I'm listening to Moon over Manifest now :) (I'm not doing it completely in order!)

    1. I enjoyed Dead End more the second time around. Not sure why, but I appreciated the history though it was a little forward thinking for the 60s.

  5. I am so impressed by the fact that you finished the Newbery challenge. I started it when I discovered it this summer but quickly gave up with those awful 1920's books. I think I will probably give myself a modified Newbery challenge in the future...maybe to read all of the books from 1950 to present. I like the idea of reading all of the Nerdy shortlist books too.

  6. Very impressed at your reading commitment, wonderful job!! :)

  7. Thanks all! And isn't it great that I get to re-read The One and Only Ivan?

  8. Love your Newbery reads this week! You are nearly there! I don't expect I will finish this year with at least 60 to go. Insomniacs looks interesting.