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:
Bugged: How Insects Changed History by Sarah Albee is a sometimes fascinating and often gross account of insects’ impact and influence on our lives. Like in Poop Happened, Albee dispels romantic images of the past, focusing on the dreary, dirty, and downright disgusting truth. She particularly emphasizes insects’ link to the diseases which sickened and killed millions throughout history. I do have to say that after a while, I started to skim over some parts, as history often repeated itself (e.g. soldiers dying not of combat but of unsanitary conditions and insect-borne illnesses). Still, there are so many gross facts to learn that even browsers will come away with a new understanding of just how how much of big deal a little creature’s existence can be.
Wild Born by Brandon Mull is the first installment in Scholastic’s Spirit Animals series, which once again follows their format of established authors each contributing one book to the series. There was A LOT of set-up in this book–so much so that I had to go back a few chapters to keep names and alliances straight. Much of the action is packed into the final few chapters, and then readers are left expecting more to come in future volumes. The idea of having a cool animal companion that will enhance one’s abilities is a great selling point, but I have found that my junior high students who were initially excited about this series have stopped begging me to buy the new books.
Currently Reading/Listening To: