Unfortunately, I chose to sleep in and finish reading Jenny Valentine's Double before I posted. Oh well, one day I will post it early!
P.S. It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by the lovely ladies at Teach Mentor Texts and was started by Sheila at Book Journey.
This past week I read:
Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger: Loved it. Not sure I actually liked the protagonist, but he, along with the relationships and emotions, were very real. Interesting peek into the world of the "zine" (are they still popular? I don't hear about them anymore).
Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It by Gail Carson Levine: I loved the idea more than the excution, but, still, there were a few great poems in the mix. Not sure how well it will circulate at my library, but I sure would use it if I were an English teacher.
The Boy on Cinnamon Street by Phoebe Stone: I liked it very much. It bordered on predictable, but still managed to surprise me. A bit of a pat ending, but I loved all of the characters.
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank: I was dreading reading this; I only read it because it is such a classic. Surprisingly, I would up loving it. Anne Frank's writing is still so real - every one of the emotions she wrote about rang true and I could relate to her even though we have vastly different circumstances. Her writing about living in the annex was a fascinating historical document, but I felt like where her talent truly shown through was when she was writing about typical teenager concerns and her own philosophical musings.
Double by Jenny Valentine: Very well done mystery. It's not the type of mystery where you try to figure out what happens, but it's engrossing and mysterious just the same. I wish the protagonist had figured out more of the solution (he is simply told what happened by another character) but the plot still manages to be menacing and thrilling.
Great picture books I read this week:
Oh No, George! by CHris Haughton
Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman and Dan Yaccarino
If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet by Lelslie McGuirk
Still reading the huge 3:
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Breenan
The FitzOsbornes at War by Michelle Cooper
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
I will finish them one day.
BZRK by Michael Grant
The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
I love it even more the second time.
This coming week I will read something from this stack of books:
Sadie and Ratz by Sonya Hartnett
Same Sun Here by Silas House and Nella Vaswani
The Fairy Ring by Mary Losure