Monday, December 31, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

So many of my book recommendations come from, a website that links many bloggers and lets us all share what we have read over the week. I appreciate our hosts, Jen and Kellee for all of their recommendations and for their great blog hospitality!

This week, I caught up on some of the titles that have been on my TBR list for a while. One of my favorites was Capture The Flag by Kate Messner. I really admire how well Kate knows her characters and how she shares that knowledge with her readers throughout her books. Even though Capture The Flag is plot-driven, the characters are multi-dimensional and become friends of readers as quickly as they become friends of each other within the pages. This book had a lot of hype and I was not disappointed. In fact, I wrapped it up and gave it to my nephew who is a tough book critic. We'll see what he says...

I also read Kate Messner's Over and Under The Snow. What a beautiful picture book full of poetic language, imagery,  intimate moments, and even knowledge about what a complex world of animal survival happens during the winter. I would use this book to teach about figurative language and focus, as well as about seasons and habitats.

I started Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms by Lissa Evans over the summer and forgot it at the beach house, so when we went there for an overnight, I returned to it, re-reading the beginning. Maybe the hiatus impacted my enjoyment of this one, but I have to say that I struggled to get into it. I also really enjoyed the explanations of the magic so I was a little disappointed with the ending--I won't say more so that I don't give it away for people who are intending to read it. I would be curious about other people's reactions to the ending, though.

We always visit a local book shop when we are in Rhode Island and I read many picture books while my girls decide on books. Yesterday, I read Eleanor Quiet No More by Doreen Rappaport and I loved reading about her. I think that Eleanor Roosevelt is such a strong role model for today's women, young and old, since she is someone who embraced her beliefs and shared them with a strong, but polite, voice. I love hearing stories about her life and this book is full of them.

Happy New Year and Happy Reading!



  1. Loved both of Kate's book you read this week. Also, I'm very interested in Eleanor Roosevelt so I need to check out this one.

  2. Oh how I adore Over and Under the Snow. I read it with my class just before the break and it quickly went into our Favourite Read Alouds bin. I must read Capture the Flag. I've heard so many great things. How old is your nephew?

    1. He is eleven and does not love reading. Books have to be action packed and relatively easy to visualize and follow. Capture the Flag would stretch him ...

  3. Eleanor Quiet No More looks gorgeous. I've read and reviewed Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Munoz Ryan and Brian Selznick - I have a feeling I'd enjoy this one as well. :)

  4. Thanks for sharing the mentor texts blog. I'm always looking for good new uses for great books!
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