Monday, July 23, 2012

It's Monday! What are You Reading?

It's Monday! What are You Reading?

I have tried to read a variety of books this past week, from picture books to YA to fun reads for me.

This past week I read:

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

It had been billed as the next Hunger Games. I had lent it to a former student to read and get her opinion. She actually enjoyed it. So did I.  There is a sequel - to be out in a few months.

The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dagliesh
One of my favourite units in our grade 3 social studies curriculum is a look at early Native people. I had picked up this book at a yard sale and wanted to see if it was suitable. But the term "Indian" used throughout and some of the negative expressions made me uneasy. So it won't be used in my classroom.
The Stories Julian Tell by Ann Cameron

I picked this up as well and enjoyed the stories by Julian - especially on catalogue cats!

The Beach Club by Elin Hilderbrand

A fun read for me. Interesting characters and how they interact.

The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright

Just finished this yesterday and really enjoyed it. It details the long marriage of Jack and Laurel Cooper and the weekly letters Jack wrote to his wife during their 40 years together, through the eyes of their children, quite a motley crew. There is even a website to upload your own Wednesday Letter.

I am still working on several teacher book clubs and these books take up some of time for reading:
Guiding Readers, The Daily Five, Guided Math, and now, Opening Minds. They have all been worthwhile reading.I will be continuing these books over the next few weeks.

Currently I am reading:

Notebook Know-How; Strategies for the Writer's Notebook by Aimee Buckner

Take Joy; A Writer's Guide to Loving the Craft by Jane Yolen

The Breadwinner Tril0gy by Deborah Ellis

Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin

Hotel on the corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Be sure to check out the great reads here and here.


Hannahlily said...

I really enjoyed Blood Red Road. Some unnatural coincidences, but such a strong voice and some great characters.

Linda B said...

How can you manage 4 online book clubs-Wow! My class & I visited the hotel on the corner of Bitter & sweet in Seattle-interesting tour-you might like to find out the background of that book. I love the Buckner book, use parts of it often. I hope to get Opening Minds & read it next after my Kittle book. What a lot to do! Thanks for all your heads up. Too bad about the Dagliesh book.

Kellee Moye (@kelleemoye) said...

I am so glad you liked Blood Red Roads. We just announced that it was a finalist for the 2012 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award. I think it is one of the best dystopian books I've ever read. Glad to hear your student likes it too.

Happy reading this week! :)

Between the Bind said...

Good luck with your reads! Looking super busy. :)

Check out what I'm reading at Between the Bind.

HeARTworks said...

Wow, that's a lot of books you're reading. I'll check out some of them. Thanks! Patsy from
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