Monday, March 25, 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.

I didn't realize how little I have read until I started this post. They were all good though.

The Past Week:
Young Adult

Just as I suspected (and the primary reason it took me so long to read it), Wintergirls was a challenging read. Experiencing an eating disorder even a fictional one, is quite emotional and difficult. I had been avoiding it, but so many people have praised the book. I knew that Laurie Halse Anderson writes so clearly and always makes me see her characters as real people so I was a bit afraid to go there. I read it "with my ears" so was puzzled by some of the things happening. I realized after I read a review that the voice actor was having to deal with crossed out words and sentences. I will have to flip through an actual copy so I can get a sense of how the book looked too. This was a great audio book.

I really enjoyed Orleans. It is set in the future when New Orleans has been ravaged by hurricanes and a plague. I have a more thorough review posted at a new blog focused on diverse YA lit called Rich in Color. There are also some links to a giveaway and a prequel. By the way, if you or anyone you know is interested in contributing to that blog, we are recruiting for bloggers.

I am coming to comic books and graphic novels late in life so am still developing my taste for them. I enjoyed Batwoman: Elegy. She is certainly one tough lady. I am still not a comic book reader at this point, but she just may win me over.

The Coming Week:
I am in the middle of an audio book by Bruchac called The Winter People. I am always amazed at the difference in the way French and Native Americans interacted contrasted with the British. I am also reading Dodger by Pratchett. After that I will be reading Courage Has No Color. Then, I am not sure what will be next. There happen to be at least 11 books behind me and more at school, so I have plenty to choose from for Spring Break which should instead be called Spring long weekend. Happy reading!


  1. I really love Wintergirls. I recommend it regularly to my high school girls. I've never understood why it's always on the Banned Book list. I think it's a book all high school girls should read. Powerful stuff.

  2. I agree with Sherry and love Wintergirls, too. I just saw someone share that they read Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson which is a totally different genre, but also excellent writing from her. I, personally, like Speak the most. And then if I'm recommending Speak, I always recommend Dreamland by Sarah Dessen. All intense but all so important for teen readers.

    I have loved comics since I was a kid but I haven't really outgrown the kid comics I loved back then...I've been reading Archie: The Married Life and it's super fun!

    1. I will need to try that Archie. Sounds fun. Oh, I haven't read Dreamland, but have enjoyed other Dessens. Thanks for the titles.