Monday, February 6, 2012

What are you Reading?

“It’s Monday! What are you Reading?” is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.
It is a chance for book lovers to share their reading accomplishments as well as what is on the proverbial nightstand. She even does a giveaway. Subsequently Jen and Kellee at
Teach Mentor Texts added an opportunity for those reading kidlit to join the fun. Since I read both I will post to both.
Check them out, join the conversations, and discover more great books.

This is my first time joining in. I have been pondering participating in the fun and finally decided I would kick off with everything I read in January. My list does not include books read with my students. Those are kept on an ever growing display in our room. I enjoyed many of these books for a variety of reasons, but the one with an * is on my ‘must own’ list.

Product DetailsHow Tia Lola Came to Visit (Stay) by Julia Alvarez

Product DetailsFalling Under by Gwen Hayes

Bigger than a Bread BoxBigger Than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder

The Mostly True Adventures Of Homer P. FiggThe Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

If I TellIf I Tell by Janet Gurtler

The Iron Knight (Harlequin Teen)The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

The Chocolate WarThe Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception (Gathering of Faerie)Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception by Maggie Stiefvater

Money Boy by Paul Yee

Close to FamousClose to Famous by Joan Bauer

The Running DreamThe Running Dream by Wendelin VanDraanan*

Notebook Know-How: Strategies for the Writer's NotebookNotebook Know How by Aimee Buckner


  1. That's a wonderful list! Cormier is one of my all-time favorites, but a bit too advanced for the sixth graders I teach. Van Draanan is one of my students' favorites, so I'll have to check out this title.

  2. Yes, a great list!
    Bigger than a Bread Box was a favorite of last year.
    I also look forward to reading Closer to Famous and The Running Dream- the Scneider Award winners are usually my favorites to read.

  3. Running Dream sounds great. I'm really looking forward to reading it! You have a very eclectic January list! Thanks for sharing! :)

  4. What a fantastic list, I have not read any of them but have Bigger than a Breadbox on my wishlist as so many have 'chatted' about it.

  5. @Tara - I agree about The Chocolate War and I have been surprised how many teachers I have seen list is as a 6th grade read aloud.