Monday, October 29, 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 has been a stupendous month for books. Nearly all of these book I want to put in my classroom library. (I have marked them with a *) 

Here is what I have read this month.

 Wife for Hire by Janet Evanovich
Don't judge me! This was a 'bath tub book'. I read books that have been passed to me that I wouldn't care if they fell in the tub and I don't have to really think to read it or pick it back up after days or weeks.

 One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

 Goodbye Sarajevo by Atka Reid and Hana Schofield

The dry and understated humor in this book was greatly appreciated by me, but would be hard for most of my students to follow especially as ELLs.

 Marshfield Dreams by Ralph Fletcher
Great mentor texts for my students. We read several of these vignettes during our memoir unit.

 Hex Hall Book One by Rachel Hawkins
I wrote about some series that I have thoroughly enjoyed in this post. This series can be added to the list. I especially like the snarky protagonist.

 The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi

 Spell Bound (Hex Hall Book Two) by Rachel Hawkins
My library had the first one available for Kindle. I instantly wanted to read the rest, but they weren't available. I don't often purchase Kindle books, but I couldn't wait!

 Demonglass (Hex Hall Book Three) by Rachel Hawkins

 Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
The first half of this book had me hooked because I couldn't figure out what the big picture was. The second half kept me turning the pages because I wanted to know how the story unfolded. The sequel isn't out until February, so now I wait.


  1. Loved Hex Hall! Have you read Paranormalcy by Kiersten White? I also recommend Stork by Wendy Delsol. Fun series, with sassy gals in the starring roles. I am slowly working my way through the Stephanie Plum series. Here's what I am working on

  2. Marshfield Dreams is such a treasure trove to use with students.
    I look forward to checking out Mr. and Mrs. Bunny--Detectives Extraordinaire!

  3. Goodbye Sarajevo and Marshfield Dreams both sound wonderful :)

    Enjoy your week! Happy Reading :D

  4. I want to read Shatter Me. Need to put in a request for it. I chuckle over your bath tub book, I have a few books that are my pool/hot tub books for the same reason.

  5. I've been interested in Hex Hall. The books look so interesting. I will have to keep them in mind when I need a change of pace in my reading. :)

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  6. Love Marshfield Dreams & liked One Crazy Summer a lot. There are so many books-how to choose? Both Hex Hall and Shatter Me look good. Thanks Kristi.