Monday, May 27, 2013

It's Monday! What are you reading? 5/27/13

Here is what I finished reading last week:
If I Stay by Gayle Forman- This book has lots of positive reviews on Goodreads, but I personally did not enjoy it.  The audiobook is only four CDs, but that was too long for me.  I think it has it's place in a high school library.  

Life Happens Next by Terry Trueman- Interesting story told from the view point of a young man with cerebal palsy.  Even though I had not read the previous titles also about the same main character (Stuck in Neutral & Cruise Control), I was still able to follow the story.

Rock God: The Legend of BJ Levine by Barnabas Miller- Very fast paced story with lots of odd ball characters.  

Crossing the Line (Border Town, #1) by Malin Alegria- I really like the way the author weaves in Spanish words throughout the story without sounding cheesy.  

The Accidental Genius of Weasel High by Rick Detorie

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire- I'm not sure if this book if for high school or even some adults.  The romantic relationship is so dysfunctional, but I could not stop reading it.  I just had to know what was going to happen. 

Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti- This story deals with bullying, sex, suicide, abusive parent, self esteem issues and overall tough times in high school. 

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

I read this book to my son: 
Mad Scientist (Babymouse #14)

I started reading:
The Encyclopedia of Me by Karen Rivers

Monday, May 20, 2013

It's Monday! What are you reading? 5/20/13

Last week I read:
Enchanted (Woodcutter Sisters #1) by Alethea Kontis- I thought this story had a very slow beginning, but it got interesting after I was half way through it. 

Last week I read these books to my son:
That is not a good idea! by Mo Willems- We love Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggie series. 
Everyone can Learn to Ride a Bike by Chris Raschka
This is not my Hat by Jon Klassen- I read Jon Klassen's I Want My Hat Back and LOVED IT!  I think my son liked it, too.   
Millions, Billions, Trillions by David A. Adler

I started reading:
Rock God: The Legend of BJ Levine by Barnabas Miller
If I Stay by Gayle Forman (audiobook)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

It's Monday! What are you reading? 5/13/13

I know.  It's Tuesday.

Last week I finished reading:

Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman- Funny title that involves a high school romance between a boy whose dad is a mobster and a girl whose father is the FBI agent investigating him.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen- I listened to this title as part of my #bookbootcamp project about romances for tweens/teenagers.

The Bronte Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily and Anne by Catherine Reef- I read Wuthering Heights as a teenager and loved it.  Being familiar with the work of one of the authors made me want to read this book.  It was interesting.  I am not sure how many middle schoolers have read Wuthering Heights.  And if they haven't read it, would they would be interested in reading about these authors?  I guess I will find out.

Cow Boy by Cosby Nate- Short, funny graphic novel.  I liked the artwork in several of the stories in the book.

Guitar Notes by Mary Amato- I LOVED THIS BOOK.  I first heard about this book on the Teen Librarian Toolbox when they blogged about it here.  I finally got my hands on this book and I could not put it down.  Definitely adding it to my list of romance titles for teens.

The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki- Scary.  Students looking for a ghost and mystery story will enjoy this book.  I wish I had not waited so long to read it.

I read these books to my son:

Belle, the Last Mule at Gee's Bend: A Civil Rights Story by Calvin Alexander Ramsey-

Owly: A Time to Be Brave by Andy Runton

Martin de Porres: the Rose in the Desert by Gary D. Schmidt

I'm currently reading:
Enchanted (Woodcutter Sisters #1) by Alethea Kontis

Starting my reading slow.

Monday, May 6, 2013

It's Monday! What are you reading? 5/6/13

I finished reading all of the 2013-2014 SC Junior Book Award nominees!  Yea!

Now to begin my work reading some teen/tween romance titles as part of the Middle Grade Book Boot Camp.  Interested in discussing and learning about middle grade books?  Join us!  Here is the form to enlist.  I'm looking forward to collaborating and discussing books with other middle school librarians.  We're going to be blogging, wiki-ing, tweeting and possibly Google Hang-outing.  I know.  That was cheesy.  It's the middle school in me.

Last week I finished reading:

Wild Life by Cynthia DeFelice- This book was a quick read that I will recommend to students that like to read survival stories.

A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull- I listened to the audiobook.  I liked how this story got off to a quick start with Jason landing in Lyrian via a hippo.  Several of my fantasy readers have already finished the second book in this series.

Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby- I'm always on the search for our next Read Across America/Disability Awareness Month title. The main character of this book is named Joey.  Joey lost her hearing at the age of seven.  Her mother wants her to rely on lip reading, instead of learning sign language.  Joey's world cracks open when she meets Charlie and Sukari, a chimpanzee who uses sign language to communicate.

Skinny by Donna Cooner- This is a serious title about a young woman that undergoes gastric bypass surgery.  Without realizing it, this book is also a romance.  It was hard to appreciate that as I was more concerned about the more serious health issues that this book glides over.

I read these books to my little guy:

Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette "Daisy' Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure by Shana Corey- I loved this title!!

Boo to You! by Lois Ehlert

Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal- My son really liked this story about chopsticks.

The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man by Michael Chabon

I am currently reading:
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman