It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme started by Book Journey. 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:
It was a busy-in-the-evenings sort of week, so I didn’t get as much reading done as I usually do.
G is for Gold Medal: An Olympics Alphabet by Brad Herzog was a book I received by mistake in my Scholastic Book Club shipment. The customer service rep. said I could just keep it, and since I have Winter Olympics Fever, I decided it was fate and I should read it. There was a great deal of information jam-packed into this picture-book sized title, but I was not wild about how it was presented and organized. The alphabet part of the book seemed forced at times. And the information passages were definitely interesting and thorough, but they didn’t always go with the featured letter. So my assessment is that as an alphabet book this book doesn’t work too well, but readers interested in the Olympics will be happy with what they find here.
I finished The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E. K. Johnston tonight, and I love so many things about it that it is hard to separate them right now 🙂 But I will definitely have to sort it all out because I plan to write a review sometime this week, as the book’s release date is March 1, 2014. Suffice it to say that if you have seen it and have been wondering if you should pre-order it, my answer is a resounding “YES!”
Falling in Love with Close Reading by Christopher Lehman and Kate Roberts. I finally ordered the book earlier this week not only because I teach reading intervention, but also because I have thoroughly enjoyed following Lehman’s blog posts and tweets. I have just barely started the book and already have a crush on close reading 🙂
On Deck (still):