Monday December 29th, 2014

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

I have been sharing a weekly reading photo of the week each week but because of winter break, I haven’t been with my students. So I decided to share a favourite from late spring during buddy reading time. How I love all of the reading that happens in my room.

 Monday December 29th, 2014 There's a Book for That

Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.


I did a lot of reading this week trying to meet my 2014 goals. Unfortunately, my plans have been sidelined by a very painful possible pinched nerve in my shoulder and an allergic reaction to medication. Not a lot of fun. I can read, but not as much and typing is many shades of excruciating. So I am trying a few minutes at a time to write this post today.

Here are my favourite picture book titles of the week – covers only. Can’t type the details.

Born in the Wild  Monday December 29th, 2014 There's a Book for That

shooting at the stars  Monday December 29th, 2014 There's a Book for That Winter is for Snow  Monday December 29th, 2014 There's a Book for That Mama  Monday December 29th, 2014 There's a Book for That

Iridescence of Birds  Monday December 29th, 2014 There's a Book for That

Kid Sheriff  Monday December 29th, 2014 There's a Book for That

Lizzie Nonsense  Monday December 29th, 2014 There's a Book for That

big bug  Monday December 29th, 2014 There's a Book for That Draw!  Monday December 29th, 2014 There's a Book for That 100 Bears  Monday December 29th, 2014 There's a Book for That

In novels I finished:

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray 

Unfortunately, not a fit for me. Too much paranormal not enough normal for my tastes.

A great and terrible beauty

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Again, Raina nails the teenage voice.


Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg

Fantastic middle grade read. Made me smile and cry.


Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

I am a huge fan of the Raven Cycle books.

Blue Lily There's a Book for That

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Absolutely incredible and completely heartbreaking.

Rose Under Fire

Next up? I have just started  Wake up Missing by Kate Messner. Then I am going to try and meet my Goodreads goal so lots of picture books and hopefully a few more novels before the 31st. Trying to reach 90 novels instead of 100.

Reading Goal Updates: 

2014 Chapter Book Challenge: 88/100 novels complete

Goodreads Challenge: 617/650 books read (26 books behind)

#MustReadin2014: 24/30 complete (finished 3 this week!)

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 143/65 complete



14 thoughts on “Monday December 29th, 2014

  1. Sorry about the pain issues, Carrie. Take care & get well quickly! I loved Rose Under Fire, such a beauty of a story. Still need to read the Raven cycle-soon! Thanks for the others, too. I’ll look some up that I haven’t read, like Lizzie Nonsense. Will link up on the 31st!

  2. You have done very well considering the pain you are in. That’s determination for you! You may not have reached the goals you set, but look at what you have achieved. The titles you have shared this week are a great list of recommendations. Thank you and best wishes for 2015.

  3. I had a pinched nerve in my neck last fall, so I’m empathizing with you from afar and hope you are feeling better soon. (Physical therapy did the trick for me.) I love your picture book choices and have many of these titles on my TBR list. Heartbreaking is exactly the right word for Rose Under Fire. I’m sure you’ve read Code Name Verity, which is also heartbreaking. Thanks for the tip about Milo. I haven’t seen this title yet. Wishing you a happy & healthy 2015!

  4. Ouch! That sounds painful! But you managed to read 10 times more books than I have read! Not sure how you manage to do it all! Hope you are feeling better soon! I just read Born in the Wild – it’s a must have for our library. Also loved Shooting of the Stars and the Iridescence of Birds. I’ve made a note of Winter is for Snow and Lizzie Nonsense – both look great! I’m off to Kamloops tomorrow for big hockey tournament with Oliver – I’m bringing some books and hope to read in-between cheering!

  5. That does not sound good! Take it easy, and just read. Like Catherine said, PT really does help! It’s amazing how quickly my pinched nerve in my arm went away with some daily stretching, but it was in a manner I never would have thought of – back exercises!

  6. I also listened to Great and Terrible Beauty on audio–definitely helped. But not my cup of tea either. I would love to know what you liked about Kid Sheriff. I read it twice last week (once to myself and once aloud to my son) and disliked it both times, though at least I understood what was actually happening when my son explained it to me, LOL. Sometimes I just have weird blocks about books, and this is definitely one of those titles. I loved Drama. I think Raina Telgemeier needs to write and illustrate more quickly because I need more books by her to read! Hope you are feeling much better soon! And that you find some extra reading time over the next couple of days.

  7. I have just finished reading Blue Lily! Do you know how many books exactly there are in the Raven Cycle series??? I don’t think I can leave Glendower just yet – I love how the story is continually evolving. Drama is a favourite. My daughter has been reading and rereading Sisters. 🙂 Lizzie Nonsense seems like my kind of book! 🙂 Happy New Year, dearest Carrie. And I hope you feel better soonest.

  8. I am a little bit relieved to hear that someone else didn’t love A Great and Terrible Beauty. I wanted to like it so much, but it was not a good fit for me either. I know it is very well-loved though, so I am not worried it doesn’t receive the love it deserves. I also LOVED Rose Under Fire. What a breath-taking read!

  9. Take care of yourself. It is such a drag to feel miserable when you are supposed to be on holiday! I have only heard of one of those picture books. I’ll put them on hold to read them. I’m smiling that I finished a book you didn’t. I got sucked into A Great and Terrible Beauty. I even read the second in the trilogy. However, by the time I got to the third I couldn’t take any more of it. Blue Lily, Lily Blue is waiting for me to read while we are in the car tomorrow. Didn’t you just love Rose Under Fire? I gave 3 or 4 copies of it away as gifts this year. Hope you feel better soon.

  10. I hope you feel better very soon. You read so many books that I enjoyed like Draw, Kid Sherrif, Rose Under Fire, Milo, & Drama. I wish you well as you finish out the year. 🙂

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