It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday, so I'm popping in on Teach Mentor Text's meme. Click the graphic above to join the fun!

Last week I really struggled to get any new books read -- something about finishing 21 narrative report cards, getting ready for this week's STAAR writing test, among other things.

Over the weekend, I started reading The Sister's Grimm: The Fairy Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley.

One of my student's had recommended it, and I can never turn them down! I'm currently on page 153 -- so about halfway done. It's a fast paced read and I can see why my students enjoy it so much. More on that when I finish. My reading goal this week is to finish it by Friday.

I'm also reading Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

Since I'm participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge in April, I'm finding this book to be a huge help! I've been cataloging my own list of possible encyclopedia entries about my life, and plan to use my list to keep me writing throughout April. Regardless of whether or not you're in need of inspiration for a month of alphabetized writing, I highly recommend Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life.

Since my goal is to finish both these weeks by Friday, I'm already browsing my to-read list for my next great read. I've had my eye on The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

I fell instantly in love with Home of the Brave, and I'm fiercely devoted to an author once I'm hooked, so this book could be about nearly anything and I'd read it -- but I'm delighted to see that it's something I'm actually happy to read. Now, to get my hands on a copy!

I'm also pining for a good YA book, but nothing sounds quite right just now. I've read a lot of dystopian fiction lately (it's been a favorite genre since I actually WAS a young adult), and I'm feeling a little tired of the same old story lines. It doesn't help that I'm elbow deep in my own dystopian YA novel edits. So maybe something else? Fantasy perhaps? A good mystery?

I'm just not sure -- what do you recommend?


  1. You definitely have to read The One and Only Ivan- it is so good!!!

    Happy reading!

  2. Report cards will definitely create a time suck. I've heard only good things about Ivan. I'll check back to see your thoughts!

  3. Katherine from Read, Write, Reflect read Encyclopedia of a Life, too! I just added it to my TBR. It looks cute. You will love Ivan. It's a great book. I tried listening to Nerds by Michael Buckley but I wasn't really getting it. I haven't read his Sisters Grimm books though.

  4. Have you read "Inside Out and Back Again" or "Between Shades of Gray"? I loved both of those books (historical fiction but YA).

    1. I haven't! I will check them out on GoodReads tonight. :) Thanks!!

  5. Thanks for the feedback about Ivan! Looks like the bookshop is a must visit this weekend. :)