It’s Monday! That hot day in July when readers ask, “What are You Reading?” To see what others are reading, stop by Teach Mentor Texts where other bloggers have linked to their posts to share what they’ve been reading.
I read a lot more this week that #bookaday while on a lovely Hawaiian cruise, but I only completed three books that are student-related.
I’m pleased to report that I was wrong about The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis (release date November 4, 2014). The first section of the story is for world building which brings new vocabulary for the reader. The style of the writing emulates the chaotic town it is first set in. Once the two main characters are united and the quest takes off, so does the story. It’s one adventure after another as Fin and Marrill, a young ship captain, and a cheerful (but hapless) wizard seek pieces of a Map that will return Marrill home.
In between the first and final sections of The Map to Everywhere, I devoured Bomb: The Race to Build-And Steal-the World’s Most Powerful Weapon. From the first section the writing just pulled me in. It was a wonderful journey through stories of events and people surrounding the atomic weapons of World War II. I learned so much that I had to walk away from a tour guide at Pearl Harbor who was giving misleading information to his group!
Next week I’m going to get busy with the Virginia Readers Choice list. I’ve read a few, but not in a few weeks. That’s The Sasquatch Escape. Also related to the ‘map’ theme and NPR’s “Book your Trip” theme for summer is The Glass Sentence, which was a Penguin Young Readers Author Program. If you join you are given Netgalley access to ARCs. There’s a chat about this on one Wednesday from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. (EDT I believe). And finally, The Fourteenth Goldfish is also available as an ARC through Netgalley. I’m looking forward to reading that before deciding on my final title choices for the Global Read Aloud.