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.
I'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.)
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.
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 http://www.downpour.com/gatsby?utm_source=AudioFile&utm_medium=Landing-Page&utm_campaign=Gatsby-Event. 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 http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=kics_hp_dp_lm?ie=UTF8&docId=1000827761.
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!