Monday, July 20, 2015

#IMWAYR July 20

It's (almost) Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now… who knows, you might discover that next “must read” book!

Our Kid Lit to YA version is hosted by Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers.

GREAT IDEA! Check out all of the What Are You Reading? participants for title ideas.

I spent some time hanging out at B&N waiting for a doctor's appointment. When you live sort of in the boonies (and your poor library doesn't get very many new picture books) you make do with what you've got access to! You can see (a little) more detailed reviews on Goodreads.

Suffice it to say my favorite picture books were What Do You Do With an Idea? and I Wish You More.

Thickety: The Whispering Trees was super creepy! Loved it!

I really liked the I Am books with their emphasis on people making positive changes ... just a bit perplexed as they are so text heavy but still look very "picture book-ish." The usual picture book crowd will not be able to read them and the older kids that could so benefit will think they look babyish. And I can already hear a few (good intentions but please DON'T EVER) teachers telling older kids "Get a longer book, that's too easy for you."

Mesmerized had some of the coolest art design ever.

Paper Things was sad. And brave. But sad.

Anything Platypus Police Squad is a fun and easy read! The kids love them!

Two books on contagious diseases! Can't help it. I'm a doctor's daughter. Even though I had no desire whatsoever to become one myself!

Not usually a talking animal fan but I did enjoy Hopper's Destiny. Now to wait for book three! And to feel sad for one particular character that seems to have lost his mind.

I didn't love The War that Saved My Life as much as many others. I didn't hate it, either ... just found it so sad. Much more going on than a world war here! Historical fic has been almost impossible to get my kids to read. I did have a group of fifth grade girls go on a late spree from April to May when we finally started getting new books (orders were a bit late last year due to many reasons ... at least we got to make some!) but now they are gone and will have to start over.

I just started The House of Puzzles (because seriously, mysteries about a boy who wakes up one day to find out an aunt he didn't know has left him a billion dollars? Isn't that worth some of the trouble he has to put up with? ;)). I have the first two of the Bogle books checked out so if book one is fun I'll try to get to book two as well. They didn't have book three. I keep hearing how this author is fabulous. She usually writes YA but these are middle grade.

I sort of made a calendar of all the advanced reading copies I have and when they are going to be released. I'm surprised Edelweiss or Netgalley ever let me have them again after last year and almost no reading. Pretty soon it will be back to school and my teeny public library will be super out of the way again, though, so I'm glad for those outlets. This year ordering shouldn't be so backed up so even though it will be less than it's ever been before in my career there will still be some!


  1. My public library delivers right to my school. Every day. I am SO spoiled! I, too, liked Hopper more than I thought I would. I liked The War That Saved My Life, but I like slow historical novels. Students...meh. They do love the I Am books for some weird reason. Got some to review and put them in the library for kicks, and they were always out! E ARCs are hard to keep track of and get read in a timely fashion, but I do think you would like Liss's Randoms! Whew. Big week!

  2. You read a nice variety of books. I hadn't thought of going to B&N to read picture books. There's one just a couple of miles away from my house. I'll have to check out their children's section. Thanks for visiting my blog and happy reading!

  3. I've been wanting to read What Do You Do with an Idea! I love how you get your books where you can. I've been known to sit on the floor of a bookstore to read before. Of course, I usually come out with a stack, too.I've just discovered how to check out books from our public library through OVerdrive. Now I don't even have to leave home--as long as I'm willing to read on my phone.

  4. I sit at my lovely bookstore too, and purchase my favorites. I like What To Do With An Idea also-very fun, and I loved Goodnight Already, too. I will find Paper Things; many are praising it. I guess the selection is good for online, but if you're struggling with school orders, that's tough. I hope it improves.

  5. Thank you for sharing these. I kind of want to read the book about Lucille Ball myself-always been a fan of what she did for women in comedy! I think it's great you keep up with what the kiddos are reading and will able to make suggestions for them-I'm not sure all librarians do that anymore.

    Not Just Child's Play

  6. I love I Wish You More! I scanned the book and projected it onto a large screen and read it to our school for all the teachers and students who are leaving us this year. A number of people were all teary at the end of it. I can't start Hopper since I haven't yet read Mouseheart, but it is on my summer reading list!

  7. I have so many of those books to read myself! I've heard amazing things about War, but they do all say sad too. Paper Things is another one I've heard great things about.
    I loved I Wish You More too :)

  8. I have Paper Things in my stack waiting to be read - I am bracing myself though for the sad parts - I've read enough reviews to know that I should expect that. :) Hope you have a productive reading week ahead!