It’s Monday! That lovely day 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.
This has been a light week for me. Not necessarily for reading, but for reading a large amount of middle grade. Instead I’ve been working my way through some adult favorites that I downloaded from my public library. I had a few too many holds come available this week!
A friend of mine recommended two and even let me borrow them from her public library stack. That was and Flying the Dragon. I enjoyed both of them very much and would highly recommend Flying the Dragon for upper elementary or middle school.
I finally finished Flora and Ulysses! I haven’t given it a rating yet because I’m still thinking. I may need to go back and reread parts of it. At this point in my reflection it didn’t thrill me as much as some of DiCamillo’s previous work did. I almost felt like the characters were too quirky.
Maybe it was a week that I don’t appreciate quirk…. I started The Map to Everywhere. I was going to tell you that I started it because of this post at NPR Books about books with maps, but when I looked up the article, I found that The Glass Sentence is on my want-to list because of the post, but not The Map to Everywhere. And now I can’t remember where I read about it (and that bugs me!). Anyhoo–The Map to Everywhere is one of those novels where the quirky characters hit the ground running. As a reader I almost feel like I’ve been dumped in the middle of a series and haven’t read the first novel with the backstory. But I’m sticking with it because I love Carrie Ryan’s YA novels beginning with The Forest of Hands and Teeth.