It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? December 30, 2013

monday what are you reading

Welcome to the weekly meme, It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Visit Teach Mentor Text and Unleashing Readers to learn more about this weekly reading celebration and sharing event.


And end-of-year ritual–Don and I sort, clean, and cull our 13 bookshelves. We discover duplicates. We reunite series sisters. We donate books to the four corners–classrooms, children, colleagues, charities.  A subtle shift on every shelf–some books disappear and others move to permanent shelf space. A year of reading closes and another opens.

This time of year, my reading choices vacillate between must-read 2013 titles like award nominees and ALA Award hopefuls, the books I received for Christmas, and emerging 2014 titles. It’s overwhelming. My reading experiences last week and my reading plan for this week reflect my scattered approach to book selection right now. I am enjoying #bookaday during the school break and finding gems on my newly-catalogued shelves.

Last Week’s Reading Highlights


If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

if you find me


God Got a Dog by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Marla Frazee

god got a dog


Rutherford B., Who Was He?: Poems About Our Presidents by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by John Hendrix

Rutherford B who was he


Stolen Into Slavery, The True Story of Solomon Northrup, Free Black Man by Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin 

stolen into slavery


Becoming Ben Franklin by Russell Freedman

becoming ben franklin


Fat Boy vs. The Cheerleaders by Geoff Herbach

fat boy versus the cheerleaders


This Week’s Reading Plans


The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

night gardener


Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

ophelia and the marvelous boy


When We Wake by Karen Healey

when we wake


The ongoing bookshelf purge continues. I will uncover more unread treasures. Thankfully, I have another year of reading ahead to enjoy.

Happy New Year and Happy Reading in 2014!



7 responses to “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? December 30, 2013

  1. My son loved The Night Gardener. He is a huge Jonathan Auxier fan. Even though he is a new author, Auxier has an incredible talent worth following. If he can captivate my very discriminating 9-year-old son’s attention, then he’s definitely a keeper in my book.

  2. These titles look intriguing! I got my 64 year old mom the Divergent series for Christmas. She’s plowed through book one and two and is finishing book 3 today. It wasn’t in my plan to read those over the break, but I feel left behind now. So those are next up on my list. I just finished Because of Mr. Terupt and now I’m in the middle of Mr. Terupt Falls Again. Love them.

  3. I’m really looking forward to The Night Gardener and Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy…I love the covers of both books!

  4. I just read God got a Dog and wrote a blog post. I’m currently reading The Shallows: What the Internet is doing to our Brains by Micholas Carr. So far a very good read and affirms what I’ve intuited.

  5. Thanks for books for my book list!

  6. Eleanor and Park– should finish it today. Reminds me of a modern day (though it takes place in 1986) /realistic version Stargirl…

  7. I love the cover for The Night Gardener. It is tempting to add it to my TBR, but I just weeded that down below 950. Ack!

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