Monday, April 23, 2012

What Are You Reading?

Every week Sheila at Book Journey invites people to report on what they read, what they are reading, and what they will read. I don't read more than most of the people responding, but I seem to have one of the longest lists of in-progress books.

Also, at Teach Mentor Texts they do another roundup that concentrates on children's books.  This week I tried to track my picture book consumption as well.

I finished six books, one on my NOOK, two books memoir-ish books, and three kidlit books:
  • Heaven Is Here, Stephanie Nielson
  • The Eyeball Collector, F.E. Higgins
  • Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell
  • Northward to the Moon, Polly Horvath
  • A Wizard of Mars, Diane Duane
  • Timeless, Gail Carriger
I read some picture books this week, with my defenceless fifth grader:
  • Mr Putter and Tabby Run the Race, by Cynthia Rylant.  Both my kids loved these as they emerged as readers, but somehow Rylant kept writing them after we moved on to thicker books. This one was very timely as we just ran a  completed a 5K race as a family, and I strongly identified with Mr Putter.
  • Mr Putter and Tabby Clear the Decks, by Cynthia Rylant. P and I enjoyed share-reading this book, him taking the left-side page and me the right, just like we did those many years ago. X just grabbed them all for some gentle bedtime reading. We noted two other new titles in the back, so I shall investigate the library shelves.
  • Swirl By Swirl, by Joyce Sidman. P and I have finished several of Sidman's scientific poetry books which I've enjoyed and he hasn't hated, which is high praise from someone as poetry adverse as him. I thought this was another, but it's a more a picture book with beautiful language as it explores various natural spirals. A perfect low-impact book for us, since P was in a fragile state and not really up for more text.
  • Book Speak! by Laura Purdie Salas. Poems about books and reading, good enough that P read them all with me. I should see if this is eligible for the Cybils, so I can nominate a poetry book.
I'm showing thirteen books on my currently reading list, which seems about right. It's mostly kids books, but that's fine with me. I hope I finish some of the Reading My Library picks that have dragged here for weeks.
  • Vampire Academy, Richelle Mead. These girls are walking on the bad guy side. Also, they are annoying.
  • The Naked Viscount, Sally MacKenzie. NOOK. Very frothy and happily silly regency romance.
  • Child of Dandelions, Shenaaz Nanji. TBR. Girl in Uganda in the 1970s.
  • Misfit, Jon Skovron. (Cybils). She's finally meeting people from her mom's side of the family.
  • Warriors: Sign of the Moon, Erin Hunter (RML). These RML seem to be piling up.
  • Angelfall, Susan Ee. NOOK. (Cybils) Captured by human resistance fighters!
  • Smart But Scattered, Peg Dawson & Richard Guare.  How to monitor progress on a goal.
  • The Same Stuff as Stars, Katherine Paterson. Fathers are problematic.
  • Honored Enemy, Raymond Feist & William R Forstchen.  Safe haven, for a few days.
  • Knight of a Trillion Stars, Dara Joy. The hero is frighteningly stalker-y. I hope she dumps him.
  • The Catholic Church in the Modern World, E.E.Y. Hales. Napoleon was not good for the Church.
What will I read next? I've got more RML books piling up. And the library is sending me a heap of Best of the Best books, which have a tight deadline. But who knows?

Challenges:
  1. Cybils: 50/73.  No change; I didn't finish anything.
  2. Global Reading Challenge: 11/21. I'm reading a Ugandan book now.
  3. What's In a Name?: 5/6. Still need a land formation.
  4. Where Am I Reading?:  16/50. Need to review Massachusetts (I've read three), Georgia and Hawaii books. And finish the Montana and Vermont books. Current for March.
  5. Science Book Challenge: 1.141/3.14159. I read a history book, but that's not science.
  6. Reading My Library:  Finished a few, but I'm falling behind.
  7. Eclectic Challenge: 4/10. Well, 5, but I need to review them.
  8. Best of the Best: 1/25. I'm pretty much doomed.

2 comments:

Jen said...

I am always in awe of how many books you read every week. I love BookSpeak! I ordered it and I'm so glad I know have it to share with my kids and students now. A great book for a booklover. :)

Teacher said...

Tons of books for you this week. I remember reading Mr. Putter and Tabby with students when I taught 2nd grade. I've a nice little series. Keep Reading! I love seeing your progress on those reading challenges.