It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 8/1/16

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:

The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley was a poignant story about 16 year-old Maggie Lynch, whose flighty mother quickly marries and moves the family from Chicago to Ireland. There Maggie must adapt to a new way of life, first love, and the death of her beloved uncle. Set in 1993, with many references to the grunge scene, this book makes me ponder when we start calling books historical rather than contemporary fiction. Thoughts?  Note: this is a 2016 Illinois Reads book for grades 9-12.


The Good Braider by Terry Farish starts in the late 90s and is the story of Viola, a young woman from warn-torn Sudan. This haunting novel in verse first recounts the family’s struggles to live and then the devastating rape that Viola suffers at the hands of a local soldier. Her “bride price” ruined, Viola sees little hope for the future, even after she and her mother and brother bravely flee to Cairo, where the wait for being accepted as refugees in the U.S. seems endless. When their time finally comes, the adjustment to U.S. life is not easy, especially as Viola attempts to fit in with her American classmates while her mother tries to force her to follow traditional ways. Viola’s story will open many students eyes to how other teens must live in our world. This book counts for my Surprise Me! Challenge 2016.


Princeless, Vol. 3: The Pirate Princess is another fun entry by Jeremy Whitley. In it, Adrienne and Bedelia free Raven from the tower her jealous brothers locked her in as an attempt to take over for their father, the pirate king. Raven wants revenge, of course, and great adventures follow.

Currently Reading/Listening To:

Is anyone else reading Harry Potter? Or, rather, is anyone else NOT reading Harry Potter? 😉

On Deck:

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