Monday, November 26, 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.

Must haves for my classroom library are marked with *.

Dead Sea: A Novel by Lynne Baab
The author is a personal friend with many published books, with this being her first novel. I enjoyed revisiting places I have lived and visited as well as being caught up in the suspense of 'who dun it'. (Kindle Edition, only)

The All of It by Jeannette Haien

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar
Great for high school boys who are reluctant to read. The lists are hilarious.

The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch
Set in Olympia, Washington, this book will make you want to walk the beach a low tide.

Jimmy by Robert Whitlow

Why The Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed

*The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
I have been saving this book for a special time and Thanksgiving weekend was it. So many people had recommended it, but I had managed to know nothing about it. (That's the way I like it.) I was not disappointed.

Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin

*Middle School: Get Me Out Of Here! By James Patterson
Middle grade boys who are reluctant to read will be pulled into this story (with fun doodles to illustrate the point along the way).


  1. So many books I hadn't heard about! One and Only Ivan is one I've wonderful things about, though. Someday I hope to be able to finally pick it up myself.

  2. I enjoyed Wild so much, hope you did too!

  3. Breaking Stalin's nose was an interesting book. I couldn't decide, when it was over, if I liked the ending or not. A powerful statement, and good historical fiction...I just felt left hanging a little. What did you think?