Monday, October 29, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading 10/29/2018

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

We have been reading lots of Halloween books as I work on a post of some of our favorites. We read this one and it didn't make the cut for our favorite Halloween books, but it's a cute book if you like The Cat in the Hat.  

L.T. liked that Little Witch ended up being a nice witch (unlike her mother and aunts who wish she was bad).  It's a cute story and really explains some of the things you can expect going to school. 

I basically will read any books on sloths. There is a sloth family at our local zoo and I love watching them just hang and don't get me started on how cute sloth babies are.

The premise of this book is that a group of children find an animal that they are unfamiliar with.  This animal is furry and sleeps A LOT.  So the kids do some research and find out that the animal is a sloth and lives in the rainforest. I thought the pages learning about the sloth were well done. Informative facts in short snippets that held a child's attention.  

I got annoyed with the book because the ending was just out there.  The kids decide to ship the sloth back to the rainforest (not realizing he escaped from the zoo). This led to so many questions.  Where is the adult that helped them take this huge box to the post office? How much does it cost to ship a sloth to the rainforest? Clearly a sloth can't survive in a box for days and days so why was this even an option.  I just think it could have had a better ending. 

The fun illustrations make this book five stars for me.  The rhyming of the story was cute, but I didn't totally think that L.T. understood all the words in the book so it wasn't a total win for us. 

 Hotel Transylvania 3 Drac's  in Love.  The book was very similar to the movie and I just felt it was okay. L.T. really loves the whole series of Hotel Transylvania 3.   I actually got a graphic novel version of the series for C. Bear but we haven't started it yet. 

 L.T. is scared of everything Halloween and spooky yet he totally was drawn to this book about zombies.  I mean a zombie that really wants to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches over brains is not so scary.  At the end of the book our zombie friend has moved on from peanut and jelly sandwiches and had a new favorite food.

YA/Adult Books 

Oh this book just ripped at my heart.  I wasn't prepared to be so disturbed by the abusive situation Eleanor and her sibling lived in, but at the same time I was so in love with the characters and Eleanor and Park's love story.  The author did a great job of letting us know hints of the abuse without going into such terrible details.  And I really enjoyed the back and forth storytelling from both Eleanor and Park's point of view.  I would have loved a more detailed ending, but this ending gave the characters hope and that kind of was the perfect ending. 

 I watched the Netflix movie (after seeing everyone tweet about it) and I thought it was super cute and I needed a light read after the emotional heaviness of Eleanor and Park.  The premise of Lara Jean's goodbye love letters actually getting mailed out to her crushes was a unique idea.  When one of the crushes happens to be her sisters ex boyfriend it gets really complicated.  I loved the sister bond and found myself even a little teary eyed as the sisters fought and made up at the end.  And of course I enjoyed the love story and can't wait to read the next book in the series. 

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.  

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