It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Book Journeys. The folks over at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers have given it a children’s/YA spin. I thought it would be a fun way to recap last week’s reading and give a sneak peek of my TBR pile.
Last Week’s Books:
The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby was one of those adventurous-kids-solving-their-own-problems books, with a nod to steampunk and a dash of magic. The time and place was indefinite, but it felt like mid-nineteenth century, large East-coast city. Guiseppe, a street musician; Hannah, a maid; and Frederick, a clockmaker’s apprentice have great back-stories and their lives intertwine because of a green violin, a mysterious treasure hunt, and a clockwork man. It took me several days to read this book, and it seemed to bog down a little in the middle. But once all three of our characters assemble (on page 247) they work together to make everything turn out right in the end. In all, it was a satisfying read and a book I will recommend to fans of fantastical adventures.
I must admit that I was not one who got caught up in the 100th anniversary of the Titanic, but I did acquire some books for those who did. Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson was such an engaging read that I am glad I caught up with it this year. Hopkinson follows a variety of survivors from their boarding the great ship until after their rescue, allowing them to tell their own stories. This informational text is exemplary in that it provides an exciting narrative, fascinating photographs, and gripping quotes. Hopkinson is careful to distinguish between widely accepted beliefs and assumptions and verifiable facts. The back-matter is substantial and valuable and something all authors of informational texts should emulate. Particularly impressive is the inclusion of the lifeboat launching sequence, statistics about who lived and who died, and detailed source notes and photographic credits. Again, this book could serve as a model for future writers of information books.
Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson is a book I have been meaning to read for a while. Maybe next year I will get to the 2013 books in my TBR pile 😉 Anyway, “currently reading’ means I have just finished the second chapter–and I can already tell this is a heartprint book, as coined by JoEllen McCarthy of the Nerdy Book Club. If you have read it already, NO SPOILERS! 🙂
The Finest Hours: The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue by Michael Tougias and Casey Sherman is an e-galley I have on my iPad, so I thought I would continue my foray into reading about maritime disasters.
Yet another student told me to read One for the Murphys by Lynda Hunt, and it is FINALLY back in the library again, so I am going to grab it quickly!
Speaking of which, I am going to slowly bring home a few books each afternoon this week to build up a winter break TBR pile (an actual physical pile, not just a figurative one). It is always hard to estimate how many books I will read (and how many I will get for presents), but I KNOW that I really don’t want to walk back into school until break is over.
How many books do YOU read over the holidays?