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Sunday, September 30, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I thought summer was hard to keep up with blogging, but school has just kicked my butt.  SO this blog post is for a bunch of books we read over the past few weeks. 

I'm linking up with Kelly Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts, It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 

I'm linking up with Kelly Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts, It's Monday! What Are You Reading?  

Picture Books



When I worked in Manhattan I would often catch the bus right in front of the statues of Patience and Fortitude. I always loved those lions and they just are the epitome of New York to me. It was fun to read a story about their adventures at night in the library. 


It was fun to read a story about their adventures at night in the library.   This book produced a lot of giggles as the narrator tried to stay true to The Jack and the Beanstalk story and was Jack was going rouge. My little guy loved the twist of Jack and the Giant going into business together. The illustrations were colorful and eye catching. That last page where so many nursery rhyme/fairy tale characters appear was my son's favorite page to look at. I haven't read a Josh Funk book that I don't love.   



L.T has been reading a very worn copy of this book from my childhood. Really he just looks at the pictures and tells me what's happening, but I am so glad that Frog and Toad have captured his heart. 





Chapter Books


We have been re-reading a lot of Dogman books, but I am really pushing for our 30 minutes of reading (assigned by C. Bear's school) to be something other than a graphic novel. My sister had bought C. Bear this book last year and it kind of just sat on our shelf.  Last week we started reading it together and we both were into it.   It had lots of historical information even though it is a fiction book. I also thought that C. Bear really connected to it because it was told from a  young boy's perspective.  I can't wait to read more in the series. 


We just started this series.  C. Bear loves Dan Gutman's My Weird School books so we are hoping this book is just as entertaining. 



Adult Reads


 I liked this book, but I just didn't love it or think this was the best book I ever read (which was told to me by several ppl).  It was an original story in that the keeper of lost things dies and has to pass his legacy on to his assistant who is instructed to help find the original owners of these items.  There was an additional story line of Bomber and his friendship that spanned the decades and I did like how it all intertwined.  It was a good book that I enjoyed, but I think I just expected more based on the rave reviews of others.



It was a good book that I enjoyed, but I think I just expected more based on the rave reviews of others.  This book didn't really capture my interest when I first started it. I actually didn't like one of the main characters, MJ for most of the book. I just wanted to shout get your shit together. What kept me interested was reading the letters from the founders of the DBC (Dirty Book Club).  Their stories were interesting and often tied into something the younger members of the DBC were dealing with.  I also like that not everything ended up exactly as I thought it would. I do enjoy an ending that is not totally predictable. 



 To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my favorite books EVER!  And so part of me was excited to read this book and part of me felt like Harper Lee would never write another book that was so perfect.  So I held off reading this book for awhile and I kind of wish I hadn't read it at all.  I hated Atticus Finch in this book and just felt like I didn't recognize him as a character.  My beloved Jem was dead in this book and I so loved his relationship with Scout and I just felt like the storyline was weak and not really developed enough.  I will say this I do think Harper Lee captured the racism of the South accurately and I understood how she was trying to get Scout to work through her own beliefs and those of the town that she was raised in.  The idea was there, but could have been executed much better. 



I get the hype. It was addicting to read about the over the top lifestyle of the characters in this book. The overall theme of the book is that money and family name are  the MOST important things and the lengths that people will go to get more money and ensure the perfect marriage match is insane. I can't wait to see how the movie captures this craziness. 


I just started this one, but I think I am going to like it. 






Monday, September 3, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? Labor Day Edition

I took a couple of weeks off from blogging. It was becoming near impossible to blog with the kids home for the summer.  We have been making lots of memories, but I am excited for them to be back at school. I'm linking up with Kelly Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts, It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 


Picture Books   


We thought this book was a cute story, but it's really more about dragons getting into scrapes than a knight.  In the end the knight does help the dragons fix their scrapes, but L.T. and I thought the dragons were the main the character. 



 There are more books in this series, but we wanted to read books about school and so we got this one out.  I can't say I am a huge fan of Adventure Annie. I thought she was kind of obnoxious and just naughty instead of adventurous.  We probably won't be picking up anymore of her books. 




Shark Vs. Train.  L.T. read this in school and talked about it so much that I immediately put a hold on it at our library.  It must be a popular book because it took over a month to get our copy.  We have read it every day since we took it out of the library.  He thinks it's silly and is so entertained by this one. 




The Kitchen Knight : A Tale of King Arthur.  I read this with C. Bear (my 8 year old)  since we are still on a King Arthur kick. This book had conflict, love and a bit of mystery that kept our interest.  We both liked that it was a longer picture book meaning that it had 2-3 paragraphs on a page but also pictures to keep it interesting. 


Middle Grade



I am not sure if this is considered Middle Grade fiction, but I think that's how I would classify it.  I love books set in New Orleans with creepy voodoo and spirits and all that jazz.  This book checked off all the boxes and I thought was an enjoyable read.  If additional books came out with Evangeline I would totally read them. 




Adult Lit



I really enjoyed this book and thought the setting of Atomic City is what really drew me into this book. I actually am so intrigued that Atomic City was a real place that I want to read a non fiction book to learn more about it. With that said, I enjoyed reading about the war and life in Atomic City from the viewpoints of the four characters and how their lives became intertwined. 



I am just a couple of chapters into this book and feel like how each of these lost things has their own story will make for an addicting read.  


Monday, August 13, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 8/13/2018

I'm excited to be linking up with Kelly Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts, It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 



 Picture Books  



We are still on a food reading kick and this one was cute though I don't think it's going to make our list of top 8 food books.  Why 8 you ask? I just like the way the photo collage looks so I am capping it at 8. Essentially, this book is all about the antics of a hot dog who is just trying not to be eaten.  Cute illustrations and not too many words per page so it held L..T.'s attention.   



Animal Strike at the Zoo. It's True!  is a book we have had forever, but we are on a reading kick with it.  My oldest C. Bear loved this book in his toddler years. L.T. read it once and put it back on the shelf, but recently we have gotten back into reading this very fun rhyming book.  


Lately we've been having some social issues (sharing, taking turns, being polite) and not with my youngest who seems to have mastered those skills.  I thought my 8 year old could benefit from a picture book that talked about social skills.  He never heard the phrase Do Unto Others so the book does a good job of explaining it in a funny way.  A new family of otters moves in next to a hare.  The hare seems upset to have new neighbors and a wise owl tells him to treat his neighbors as he would want to be treated.  This gets the hare thinking of how he would want someone to use their manners, be a good sport (PLEASE let that one sink in), cooperate etc.  There are funny little pictures to go with what he is thinking and it does a good job of teaching social skills without being so preachy. Both boys gave this book a thumbs up.  

Chapter Books

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When reading our King Arthur book last week we talked a bit about Merlin.  This led us to our next book which is the Usborne Stories of Wizards.  It is filled with short stories (maybe 6-10 pages in length) that also have illustrations to accompany the story.  It really is the perfect book for C. Bear to read.  

YA/Adult Books

I have had such a great week of reading books. It has been one book after another where I am excited to read them and just so invested in the story.  I love when that happens. 


I finished Where the Crawdads Sing and just loved it.  The book takes place in the marshland in North Carolina where Kya basically raises herself (with help from a few neighbors) as one by one her family leaves her.  The book jumps back and forth between Kya's childhood where she becomes known as The Marsh Girl and the present day where the police are trying to solve a murder that happened in the marsh and it's interesting to see how the stories intertwine.  I felt this book had a little bit of everything including survival, friendship, love and of a murder mystery who done it storyline.  


 So many people have read this and raved about it and so I couldn't wait to add this to my library holds.   It certainly lived up to the hype.  I lost myself in the story of Lucy, who was struck by lighting when she was 8 years old and became a math whiz.  She has been homeschooled the past couple of years, but her grandmother wants her to try out middle school.  It's an endearing story of a girl trying to navigate middle school while also trying to not let others know about her mathematical abilities which is hard to keep hidden.



 I am about 100 pages into this book and am really enjoying it.  The reviews on this have been hit or miss, but so far this is a winner for me.  And reading this has made me really curious to find out more about the real Atomic City where the book takes place. 


 
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