Monday August 24th, 2015

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

I have been sharing a reading photo of the week each week. Now that it is summer, I am not surrounded every day with little readers so . . . I am choosing moments from the year not previously shared. I love this sweet little peek into a buddy reading partnership.

From the classroom 2014/2015 archives:

Monday August 24th, 2015 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.

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Less blogging and less reading this week. I was very busy working in my classroom library. I am hoping to share a few details in an upcoming post or two.

On the blog:

For Top Ten Tuesday: Ten plus Ten equals Twenty Auto-Buy Illustrators 

A Celebration post about clearing out paper from my classroom!

Books I read and loved:

Taan’s Moon A Haida Moon Story by Alison Gear with felt illustrations by Kiki van der Heiden with the children of Haida Gwaii

Such a beautiful book that is a wonderfully collaborative effort. Read here for more information about the process. In the Haida language Taan means bear. This is a story of Taan’s experience of the seasons. Just so lovely.

Taan's Moon Monday August 24th, 2015 There's a Book for That

A Bird Is a Bird by Lizzy Rockwell

The perfect nonfiction picture book for a story time with little ones or as a reference title for early primary students.

A Bird Is a Bird Monday August 24th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Spring Walk by Virginia Brimhall Snow

Spring flowers are my very favourite so I adored this title.

Spring-Walk Monday August 24th, 2015 There's a Book for That

When I was Born written by Isabel Monhós Martins and illustrated by Madalena Matosa (First published in Portuguese in 2007)

I love the vibrant colours and the interesting premise of this book. Thinking about the world experienced as a variety of new experiences. Treasured sensory collections.

“These are the smells I love:

the smell of my grandmother’s lao,

the smell of warm chicken soup,

the smell of paints in school . . . “

Perfect to inspire some of our own mindful writing.

When I was Born Monday August 24th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Bears Don’t Read! by Emma Chichester Clark 

Bears don’t read. But what if you were a bear and you found a book and you wanted to be able to read it? This is that story. Delightful!

Bears Don't Read Monday August 24th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

I liked this book in the beginning. Liked the characters. Liked the format. Liked it all around. But half way through it really grabbed me. I began to totally adore these characters. I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen. I finished it hours and hours ago and I already miss specific characters. Simon has a supportive family, wonderful friends and a “kind of” boyfriend he has not actually met. Oh and he’s not actually openly gay. Such a honest, vulnerable and charming novel.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Monday August 24th, 2015 There's a Book for That

Updates on my 2015 Reading Goals:

2015 Chapter Book Challenge: 47/80 complete

Goodreads Challenge: 294/415 books read

#MustReadin2015: 15/24 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 57/100 titles

Diverse Books in 2015: 32/50 books read

Up next? I am reading The Queen of Water by Laura Resau

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, a meme created by The Broke and Bookish.

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I think this week’s topic is particularly interesting: Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

When I was thinking about which books to add to this list, these questions needed to be answered:

1. Hyped by who? I checked out favourites and 5 star books from various fellow book lovers’ blogs and Goodreads accounts. Some of these books keep cropping up again and again.  So I paid attention.

2. What kind of hype? I am not looking just for latest and greatest but for titles that speak to me. Personal recommendations are always my favourite kind of hype.

2. Never read and so . . . ? And so, do I plan to one day read these titles? Yes! I chose books that I want to one day read. There are some popular books out there that I would never want to read for various personal preference reasons. These ten titles here are books that will hopefully one day migrate from the land of To Read to the land of Read.

Listed alphabetically by author:

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

I had coffee with a friend a few weeks ago and she convinced me that this was a must read and then I saw Andrew Smith’s comment on the cover. And then I started hearing about this book everywhere.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read There's a Book for That

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

22 of my Goodreads friends rated this book 5/5. I love this author. Why haven’t I read this book? This question weighs so heavily that I just requested it from the public library.

Speak Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read There's a Book for That

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

I will admit to being a little bit of a chicken when it comes to paranormal stories. I am not sure if I have yet recovered from Libba Bray‘s The Diviners but I had a chance to hear Holly Black here in Vancouver and found her charming. I have read Doll Bones three times. Feeling brave enough to try this one. Having a beautifully signed copy makes this title all the more enticing.

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The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

See that 25 year anniversary sticker? Makes it even more ridiculous that I haven’t yet read this book. This is the book I keep hearing favourite authors talk about as influential.

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Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen 

Dessen is another YA author I have not read. My almost 13 year old daughter is moving fast and furious into the land of YA – I think I need to run out a little ahead of her and learn about some authors I have yet to pick up that she will likely be drawn to. Have seen lots of love for this title.

Saint Anything Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read There's a Book for That

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

This book has been read in my house in the long ago time when both my husband and I read novels to our children (now it is just me) and I missed it. It’s a book that I absolutely want to read. Because I am convinced that DiCamillo can do no wrong. So often I hear from DiCamillo fans that this is a favourite.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read There's a Book for That

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

So many reader choice awards. So many of my reading PLN rave about this book. And (ahem) I have not read any Gayle Forman titles. Admitting it is the first step to changing it, yes?

If I Stay Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read There's a Book for That

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Yes, Patrick Ness. And no, I haven’t read it. That must change.

The Knife of Never Letting Go Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read There's a Book for That

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

I have read and loved two titles by Quick – this one has the movie hype so I figure it is time to read it! I even own a copy.

The Silver Linings Playbook Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read There's a Book for That

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

When so many readers review this book and include words like crude, brilliant, horrifying, authentic, ridiculous, quirky, bizarre – often in the same review, you know this book is going to be a wild ride. There are many cautions “this book is not for everyone” – I have a strong feeling it will not be for me even though I have read three titles by Smith that I adore. But, I know I need to experience this book for myself.
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What “hyped” books do you keep thinking, “I haven’t read and really I should . . . ?”