Monday, November 19, 2018

#IMWAYR Nov 19 Wundersmith

It's (almost) Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Date. 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.

The trailer doesn't do the book justice but it's a start. And it's for the Australian Hachette release date.

So have I mentioned before how much I loved Nevermoor? I don't know, it's been so long since I really blogged. But I loved that book. REALLY loved the audio. A little lunchtime audiobook club with some fifth graders has been the daily high point of a hard year. The narrator does such a good job of differentiating all of the different characters and the world building, guys. The world building in this story ... it's amazing. Some compare it to Harry Potter but that's just because it's got the basic archetypes in there. But seriously ... so much to mentally imagine. I read somewhere that it had a movie option before the first book ever released ... but no news since. Movies based on books are hard balances. Books are almost always better but BOY HOWDY it would be cool to see some of this truly up on the big screen. I WANT, WANT, WANT.

Book two Wundersmith The Calling of Morrigan Crow finally released in the US last Tuesday (still waiting on the audio). I went ahead and read it because I was dying to see what would happen next but you can bet I have been checking Audible like every other day just to see when I can finally get that version. Screamed out loud when I saw our district already had book two on pre-order for Overdrive/Sora. I'll still buy it but I'm excited for all the kids. It's a longer one ... similar to Harry Potter. A lot of my students don't stick with books that long anymore ... so it's been fun to see the little book club (it's only 6 kids) get excited about this story. I've talked about the series enough a couple other kids have talked their parents into buying them copies. And our one library copy is always checked out ... but so far no one else has actually finished it. Stamina. I want it for them but you can't force it, you know?

Anyway, between the breaks (we voted and even though I did actually try pushing Lockwood & Co. The Screaming Staircase pretty hard ... they really wanted to wait for book two the Wundersmith) the little book club is going to work on a little project showcasing Nevermoor. We'll see how it works out.

We'll see what else I finish this week. My trainer has me reading Eat Dirt. That sounds fun, doesn't it, right at the beginning of the holidays. Ugh with a CAPITAL U. But stamping my feet in denial doesn't deny the fact that check, check, check pretty much all the issues they talk about are what I've been experiencing. But who wants to totally relearn how to eat? I like pasta. I like bread. I like dairy. I like sugar. But I don't like feeling rotten. Conundrum.


  1. I'm so excited to catch your link post, Angie, because I'm right in the middle of WUNDERSMITH today (almost to page 300). It honestly feels like it's been a huge sacrifice to put down my book for the morning and read up on my fellow #IMWAYR peeps. LOL I TOTALLY agree on the world building. It's such imaginative and clever writing -- I can't say enough about it, so I'm really holding back here.

    I keep hearing Harry Potter comparisons, but it still feels so uniquely Nevermoor. I do expect a slow following has begun across the US -- like a tiny rolling snowball that suddenly morphs into a mountain before anyone realizes it. I get nervous about movies, but can't help admit that I would love to see someone's attempt at getting this one right. I took a day to review book #1 (since it had been so long since I read it) and now I'm savoring every last chapter of WUNDERSMITH since I know it will be a while until book #3 comes out. Aaaanyway, so excited to bump into another Nevermoor fan in the #imwayr group. I hope your book club has a blast with this one!!

    1. YAY! I love the series so much. With the bookclub I've already reread it three times and I never reread. Which is silly if it's a book one enjoys ... but there always seem to be other ones to get to, you know? I talk it up and up and up and up. I'm so glad to "meet" another fan! That's what we've really done in the bookclub ... talked a lot about the imagery and the settings and how COOL it all is. Plus character motivations and all. For this book club I really just wanted it to be fun so I wasn't sure about a "project" but we are waiting for book two audio. I told all my students that I was super excited for the break to be able to finish the book but I did it on Saturday, even with a bad headache. I told the bookclub ... I seriously did consider taking the day off last week to start reading book two. But that was also the day (unplanned!) that we finished book one. So I didn't. ;) Anyway, if you see this you'll probably have finished it. And AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Right? SO GOOD!

  2. I also listened to Nevermoor. Gemma Whelan's narrations was brilliant. I agree, the world building was spectacular. I'm not a huge fan of Harry Potter, but I do get the connection. In this case though the characters seem to be more complex. My library has Wundersmith on order, but only in print format. It's really hard to change format when the narrator becomes a significant part of the experience!