Monday, April 22, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 04/22/13

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I caught up on about 3 months worth of magazines this week, so it was a great reading week, but not a lot of books. 
Navigating EarlyI've read so much about Navigating Early lately that I had to put it at the top of the list.  I have to admit, though, that it was difficult for me to get through.  I can't explain it - maybe I was distracted this week.  The writing is beautiful; the story is original and interesting; the characters are likeable; there's action, mystery, emotion . . .  I love the idea of it, but I just didn't love it this week.  (I always remind myself that I didn't love A Prayer for Owen Meany until my third try.)
The Dreamer  I saw this last Monday and picked it up at the library this week.  Again, I think I was just off this week because it was difficult for me to get through.  Once I got toward the end I loved it, but I kept falling asleep through the first half.  I know I had some trouble with it because I was so angry with the father.  And, since I try not to read the backs of books, I didn't realize until the end that the book is based on the life of Pablo Neruda.  The writing is beautiful and poetic - perfect for the topic. 
I was also catching up on my picture books after missing a week on vacation.  I checked out lots of great books - most recommended in the IMWAYR blogs.  My favorites?   Louisa May's Battle is a great connection between literature, history, and women's rights.  Rosa is a beautiful book and includes interesting details that I was not familiar with.   John, Paul, George & Ben is a humorous introduction to some famous historical figures.  It's a Book is a cute reminder that books are fabulous, even in this time of amazing tech gadgets.  Lost & Found has three of Shaun Tan's books.  What more would I need to say to convince you that it's awesome?   Really, I could say something good about all of these.  I thought 13 Words was a bit strange.  Sorta like Lemony Snicket was challenged by a friend to use 13 random words together in a story.  But if that's something you want to have your students do, 13 Words is a great model.
louisa may's battle  Nikki Giovanni - Rosa  Salt in His Shoes  Julius by Angela JohnsonWright Jake Goes Peanuts  Wombat Walkabout  Saper Galleries and Custom 
Back To Library. Lost  WONDERFUL WORDS: POEMS ABOUTJohn Paul George & Ben.  Peaceful Pieces 260x300 Review  Abe Lincoln's Dream: book by Lane Smith It's a Book"Word Number 1: Bird"
I'm still listening to/reading The Night Circus and The Jungle.  Which reminds me that you can get The Great Gatsby audio for free this week.  Check it out at  Amazon and Audible are offering a free classic ebook and free audio.  This month's is The Wizard of Oz.  For more information go to 
Thanks for reading my blog.  As always, if you leave a message, if I haven't already I will check out your blog.  Have a great reading week! 


  1. Thanks for the tip about free audibles. I am listening to The Secret Garden. I often find great classics from Gutenberg Free Press. I can't believe I have never seen the Louisa May Alcott book. She is a favorite author of mine. Beautiful books. I believe I've read most all her children's books.

    1. I am just getting into listening to audio again. I think I had about 2 years where I didn't listen. Now that I'm in Japan I just don't have the long drives, so I've had to find other times to listen. I'm easily distracted, though, and sometimes find that I have no idea what's been read for the past five minutes. I'm getting better though. :)

  2. I can't wait to read 13 words - Snicket and Kalman, what a duo! I loved The Dreamer - but you have to be in the right frame of mind for that one.

  3. Navigating Early reminded me of Owen Meany, as well! I also found it hard to get through, although I can't say I didn't enjoy it. At the same time, I was ready to move on when it was over.

  4. I love 13 words, mostly for Kalman's illustrations, Lee. I just like her style. Since I love Owen Meany, I wonder what I will think of Navigating Early. I will get to it soon, but first, the False Prince book! Thanks for a lot of new ideas, plus I'm glad you like some of the others-I did!

  5. I love Louisa May ALcott, so I will have to check out Krull's book. (I like her writing, too!) Thanks for the heads up.

  6. It's always interesting how moods affect our reading experiences. No matter how good a book may be, if you're just not able to focus, then you can't appreciate it. Maybe that's why students dislike some classic so much when they are forced to read it. But then again I feel a truly good book can also lift you up from a funk!

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