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Monday, April 2, 2012

It's Monday, April 2nd, and I'm reading...

Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Text
Sheila at Book Journey


What I am currently reading and my progress:
  1. The Returning by Christine Hinwood. A 2012 Printz Honor book. I've had this book on my nightstand for two months.  20% complete.
2. Emma by Jane Austen.. ..I started reading this book on my smart phone during jury duty, and I admit that I haven't read anything since then. 15% complete.

What I am listening to:
1. Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson. A young teenager gets involved with methamphetamine when her family is transplanted to a new town after Hurricane Katrina takes the life of her mother and grandmother.

What I've recently finished:
1.  Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones---This was an Alex Award winner a few years back. Set on a small island in Papua New Guinea. The teacher, Mr.Watts, reads Great Expectations by Charles Dickens to his class and this book becomes important for a variety of reasons.
2. Under the Mesquite by Guadeloupe Garcia McCall. Written in verse. A lovely and touching story about family love and loss.
3. Irises by Francisco X. Stork...Another story of family love and loss, and following your dream.
4. Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach. A coming-of-age story where family secrets are revealed and mental health issues are finally addressed, set against a back drop of sports and young love.

What I hope to read next:
1. Black and White by Paul Volponi.  I am hosting a Volponi event at my school in a few weeks and I want to read as many of his books as I can in the meantime.
2. The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour. I enjoyed her first book, Hold Still, and this book is getting good reviews.
3. Breaking Night by Liz Murray. A book club selection. A memoir of a girl who goes from homeless to Harvard.

What are YOU reading this week?



  1. I'm reading The Returning as well. What do you think of it so far? I'm having real trouble getting through it, but I've almost conquered the book! Want to read Beneath a Meth Moon and The Disenchantments too.

  2. Jacqueline Wilson always impresses me with her ability to so skillfully handle some really tough topics.

    Also, hooray for enjoying the classics. Jane Austen is wonderful.

  3. Wow beneath a meth moon sounds intense!!! Have a great week :)

    La Toya (La Toya, Literally.)

  4. Wow, you have been reading a lot lately! I also enjoyed Irises. And Emma has been on my TBR shelf for way too many years now! Maybe this year, finally...

    Enjoy your books this week, Anne!


  5. I LOVED Under the Mesquite SO much! It's such a quiet but thoughtful read. Stupid Fast sounds intriguing...will have to seek that title out!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting too!
    Have a great week!

  6. Glad you linked up, Anne! The Meth Moon book looks really interesting to me...but it seems sad at the same time. I haven't read any of the books you have read or are going to read! I love seeing what other people are reading especially when the books are so different from what I read. Happy reading!

  7. I love your visual "head of books" Anne. Thanks for coming by my blog. I too loved Under The Mesquite, & know of some of your other books, but haven't read any. Oh my, the list grows longer, but thanks for the little bit about each!

  8. I can't believe I have not read any of these books - some great books to add to my ever growing list!
    Thanks for stopping by.

  9. I LOVED Under the Mesquite- such a great novel in verse!
    Haven't heard of many of the others, so thank you for introducing me to them.

    Happy reading this week! :)


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