Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly Sunday Post link-up, and Deb at ReaderBuzz is expanding Sunday Salon from a FB group to a link-up as well.
What I Read: 6 books
A lot more than last week, and some really great ones (and one not).
- I really liked Just Jaime, the third middle grade graphic novel by Teri Libenson. It's a lot about toxic friendships, which is something my personal middle schooler is dealing with, so I'm going to leave it laying casually around the house this summer.
- Tana French's The Witch Elm is a stand-alone, which I didn't realize until I started reading. It has an unreliable and unlikable narrator, and got SUPER dark at the end. It's not my favorite of hers, but I wasn't disappointed.
- I re-read Every Day, David Levithan's book about "A," who wakes up in a different person's body each day, as part of my attempt to finish an entire series in May. It's been several years since I read it before, and I really enjoyed it.
- Then I moved on to book two, Another Day, and about died of boredom as it was the exact same damn story from another POV. Complete with vast chunks of dialogue repeated word for word.
- I prefer reading physical books, but I am occasionally tempted by the free ebooks on Simon Teen's Riveted, because it's so easy to fly through them in that format. 100 Sideways Miles has been in my classroom library since it was new, and I liked Winger, the only other Andrew Smith novel I've read, so I read it. It was good. Parts were quite witty, and all of it is spectacularly vulgar in a way that seemed very true to teenaged boys.
- I knew Lindsay Faye from Jane Steele, so when I saw her name on The Paragon Hotel in the library, I picked it up solely based on that. I LOVED it. One of my friends DNFed it, so clearly it's not for everyone. I'm a sucker for historical fiction set in Portland, but I also loved Nobody/Alice's flapper voice, the stark look at racism in Oregon, the friendships, the danger and twists, and pretty much everything else about it.
What I'm Reading/What's Next
I'm working on Someday, book 3 in the Every Day trilogy, and so far it's MUCH better than the middle book. It takes the story forward and includes a new and delightfully disturbing voice.
Two of my five classes voted to do one more read-aloud during our final 3 weeks, so I'm deciding between Nightjohn, The Crossover, and Witness. All are short (which is important at this point) and very good stories.
- I won a giveaway for three upcoming books on Twitter! FatLikeMe Podcast is going to send me Julie Murphy's first MG novel, Dear Sweet Pea, AND Renee Watson's new book, Some Places More than Others, AND Chris Baron's book with a boy main character, All of Me. All support body diversity and feature fat protagonists who aren't defined by their weight. These are going to be great additions to my classroom library.
- We did state testing. Sigh. It's interesting how the vast majority of kids who are opted out are the children (or siblings) of educators. I opted both my kids out. If their teachers don't know their strengths and weaknesses by this point in the year, they're not paying attention.
- We started a family archery class this week. It was very fun. And NOT THAT IT'S A COMPETITION, but I totally got the best score of my family. I just have to gloat a little, as the least athletic family member.