What are you Reading Monday: Reading in the Wild

its-monday-what-are-you-reading-2a798miI’m jumping back into blogging and into summer reading at the same time! It’s Monday so it’s time to participate in What Are You Reading Monday! To see what others are reading, stop by Teach Mentor Texts where other bloggers have linked to Jen’s post for the day to share what they’ve been reading.

I enjoyed reading The Lost Planet last week. I do wish it were a bit shorter. I think it would be a wonderful addition to an elementary library, but the length may not make it the best recommendation for younger readers. I’ll be interested to see how the series plays out as the story is quite unfinished.

Hidden was one of our Junior Library Guild selections I snagged out of the box and brought home before the year ended. I wish it had come a few weeks earlier as there is a particular student I would have recommended it to. I’m tempted to put this one with the nonfiction books rather than with the graphic novels. I’m not sure if it’s better as a selection for the student who wants to know more about the Holocaust or better for a student reading graphic novels who might develop an interest in the Holocaust?

I loved Huntley Fitzpatrick’s My Life Next Door so much that when a copy came through PaperbackSwap I didn’t re-list it to mail to someone else. I was looking forward to What I Thought Was True quite a bit. To me it didn’t quite have the charm of the first book, but it had the depth and the richness of the characters was lovely. I enjoyed this particular non traditional family a lot. As I was reading I couldn’t help but thing that it would be perfect in a pile right next to Sarah Dessen’s The Moon and More.

This week I’m still in the middle of and plan to pick up these books:

I’m really in love with Reading in the Wild. I want to get a stack of copies to keep on my library circulation desk for other teachers to pick up the first week of school! I am also really enjoying Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. One of the early points by the author is that sometimes we equate extroverts with being confident and introverts as not being confident, or wise, or smart.

This morning Julee Murphy posted her IMWAYR post and I was immediately ready to accept her challenge of re-reading the Harry Potter series. Like many readers, I have strong connections to Harry Potter. I had the cassette tapes for the first three books and listened to them many times over. Then I got the CDs and the CDs were turned into MP3 files. Each of the books has been heard in my house at least 8 times with the older ones in the double digits. When I needed to free up some memory, I put the files on an external hard drive. Which crashed. After reading Julee’s post this morning, I started to load my HP CDs back into iTunes. It’s a tedious task, but I’ve already started listening. It’s hard not to be hooked with phrases like, “a perfectly normal owl-free morning.”

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