It’s Monday! What are you Reading? (#IMWAYR) is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys with a kid/YA-lit spin hosted by Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts.
Past Reads: So, instead of cleaning and organizing the house this week, I started new projects...oops. I also decided, amidst the guilt, that even though school isn’t far away (11 days to be exact), I owed it to my summer vacation to end it reading as voraciously as I began it. I want my summer break to end on a good note, not a stressful one; besides, the stresses of school will be there all year, why start them early, right?
Here’s what I finished this week: The Elite by Kiera Cass (even though there are some things about this series that would normally bother me, I am kind of in love with it), Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (LOVE! great ending to a great series), October Mourning by Leslea Newman (I vow to read more novels in verse), and Ask the Passengers by A.S. King (beautiful, powerful, moving book).
I also decided to take a jaunt into the world of picture books this week. I LOVE using picture books in my high school classroom to teach and practice reading strategies. I am always on the lookout for more to add to my collection. I plan on reading Lane Smith’s It’s a Book to my students during the first week of school; It cracks me up every time because it is SO true!
Current Reads: I FINALLY got my hands on Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell this week (I’ve been on hold at the library for what feels like all summer). I am so excited to read this book! All I’ve heard are great things; although, maybe that should make me nervous, because books with hype sometimes let me down (still sad about The 5th Wave). I told myself I couldn’t start reading it until I caught up on book reviews (yikes, was I behind), but first thing tomorrow morning I am cracking open that cover.
Here’s the goodreads summary of the book: Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.
Future Reads: With only 11 days left of summer vacation, my TBR stacks are starting to hit panic mode. I brought home bags of books from my classroom library and I’ve hardly even touched them. My library holds list is growing instead of shrinking. And yet, I feel like I’ve read more this summer than any in recent memory. Oh, the woes of a reader.
Here are just a few of the books stacked up on my desk right now: Parallel by Lauren Miller, Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl & Kami Garcia, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, and Little Bee by Chris Cleave.
What are you reading? What have you just finished? What are your top recommendations? Leave me a comment as I'm always looking for books to add to my To-Be-Read list!