It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 4/21/14

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: 

friendsI read the anthology Friends, edited by Ann M. Martin and David Levithan, in order to find some short stories to use with my reading intervention class. Many well-known authors’ stories are included, and while the stories were interesting enough, I found very few to be excellent and/or memorable. I did enjoy Meg Cabot’s “Connie Hunter Williams, Psychic Teacher,” in which she thanks the woman who forced her to do multiple edits of stories in fifth grade because she would need the experience someday. And this week, my group and I will be reading Pam Munoz Ryan’s “The Friend Who Changed My Life” because we’ll be able to make some great connections to it.

halfbadI finished my e-galley of Half Bad by Sally Green well after it had already been published, but better late than never. I was very intrigued by the beginning of this books as a nameless boy described the cage he was kept in, his daily routine, and the woman imprisoning him. As the story unfolds, we find that they boy, Nathan, is born of a White Witch mother and Black Witch father, and, thus the outcast of the community. In fact, Nathan’s father, Marcus, is the most powerful and ruthless Black Witch the Council has encountered in a long time. Although I sympathized with Nathan and the prejudice and cruelty suffered by him, his quest to reach the powerful Black Witch Mercury to get Three Gifts on his 17th birthday which will lead to the development of his special power(Gift) at times seemed as overly-long as this sentence. There was much waiting for something to happen when I wanted the story to keep the mystery and fast pace of the beginning. That said,  I enjoyed the world-building–as the story took place in an alternate today where “fains” (normal humans, or muggles for the HP fans) exist oblivious to the epic struggle between the White and Black witches. I find this a worthy read for fantasy lovers, particularly those who tend toward action rather than romance (although there is a bit of that, too.)

Currently Reading:

missperegrine'shomeMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has been on my TBR list for quite awhile, and it is one of the two books I am giving for World Book Night so I figure I had better be prepared to talk about it Wednesday!




On Deck:

beforeyougosnicker of magic




8 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 4/21/14

  1. Hi there Michelle, I look forward to reading your thoughts about Snicker of Magic. I will be visiting the library today to borrow it – really looking forward to seeing what the entire hype is all about. 🙂 I enjoyed Miss Peregrine’s Home – it took awhile for me to get into the story, but once I did, I was really into it. I have the graphic novel version too of this novel and the second one – Hollow City. I hope to read both before year ends. 🙂

    1. I purchased Hollow City and the graphic novel version at my book fair last week. I gave lots of students interested in the gn versions of popular novels. Question: Do you shelve them with fiction or the other graphic books?

      1. My personal library has its own ‘peculiar’ system hahaha. I put similar titles alongside each other – which means the graphic novel version of Miss Peregrine is beside the novel version alongside Hollow City. 🙂

      2. I have to say that I do that in my school library, too–for graphic novels derived from a novel, I shelve them together because I figure it’s the same audience. Original (for lack of a better word) graphic novels and manga, etc. are in 741.5–not sure I like them there, but also not sure I have room for a gn section at present.

  2. Sorry to hear that story collection wasn’t a big winner. I would like to include a story collection in my Children’s Lit and Adolescent Lit courses, but the texts I’ve included in the past haven’t been big hits with my students. I’m still looking! (Thinking about using Mitali Perkins’s edited collection, Open Mic, next year.)

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