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.
Well, my reading has certainly slowed down this month compared to June. I decided that #bookaday is not really for me–if I were a picture book reader, it would work, but I felt like I was rushing through some novels and choosing some because they were short–not the way I usually operate. So this month’s pace could be a little faster, but, I am reading every day, and that’s satisfying me right now.
Last Week’s Books:
First, from a book lover and library lover’s perspective: What a bundle of fun this book was! Twelve-year-old me would have swooned to spend a night in a library competing in the mother of all scavenger hunts–heck, I would love to do that now. I enjoyed following the clues, rooting for Kyle’s team, and imaging what it would be like to visit (or work at–GASP!) such a phenomenal library. I felt smart and proud when I caught the literary references that Mr. Lemoncello made every time he spoke, especially since I have read nearly all of those titles. You can tell that Grabenstein is a lover of children’s literature.
Now, from a middle school librarian’s perspective: I know a lot of students who love to read, but I do not think this book will appeal to all of them–because readers also have to invest themselves in the puzzle solving and appreciate the wackiness of it all. And students who don’t love reading and libraries will not be drawn to this book from the start. In addition, I felt like I got to know Kyle very well, but there was not much development of the other characters. Novels with strong character relationships are a key draw for middle school readers, and so they might not be as satisfied with this one. When I think of my small budget and all of the others books out there, I’m not sure this one will make the cut. But I still am sure glad I read it 🙂
I finished the e-galley for Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz early in the week, but life got in the way of my writing a review of it. The book will be published tomorrow (7/22), so my goal is to post the review then. In fact, I’ll probably start writing it almost immediately after this post.
The Fall by Guillermo Del Toro is book #2 in The Strain series. I watched the series pilot episode a week ago, and I must say that it is filling the horror gap left by The Walking Dead‘s summer hiatus. Plus it is interesting to think about some changes from book to series that have already come to light and to speculate about more of them.
I know, I know, I am probably one of a handful of middle school librarians who have not read The Fault in our Stars, and AMAZINGLY, I have remained relatively spoiler-free. How about that?