It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme started by Book Journey. The folks over atTeach 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:
I really wanted to love Platte F. Clark’s Bad Unicorn, which I read to prepare for our “Funny” Books and Bites. Just looking at the cover and title makes me giggle a bit. Turns out that I liked it, but it was not as hilarious as I wanted it to be. It is the story of Max Spencer who finds a dusty leather book under his bed that only he can read, or even touch. It is The Codex of Infinite Knowability, a powerful book by his powerful ancestor. With it, Max and his friends are able to travel to a magical realm and a future earth. All the while Princess, the carnivorous and dangerous unicorn who can take animal, human, and robo- form, is hunting him. I think where the book fell flat for me is that there are a number of moments where you can “see” the jokes as jokes. I will have to get some student feedback, though, as many are intrigued by the description and the cover.
I also finished the audiobook Make Love! The Bruce Campbell Way. It was as campy and fun as I expected, as it recounted Bruce’s supporting role in a fictitious romantic comedy directed by Mike Nichols and starring Richard Gere and Renee Zellweger. Through a series of changes both suggested by Campbell and foisted upon him, the film degrades into B-movie madness. It’s a great listen for fans of Campbell–others just won’t get it.
Currently reading/Listening To:
I am about halfway through Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman–amazing. I am also half-way through Ready Player One, a re-read for the Nerdist Book Club. I picked up a $1 audiobook of Taming of the Shrew at my public library’s book sale, too.