Monday, August 20, 2012

It's Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA (36)

It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila of Book Journey. Jen & Kellee from Teach Mentor Texts have adapted this to focus on Picture Books to Young Adult Books.

For the next several weeks, I expect my reading will be a little slower.  It always happens right around the start of the school year that my time for reading slows down, and with children returning this Wednesday to class, I have already noticed the slow down.  I am excited to see what the new school year will bring.

For some additional new books, check out this week's Hot Off the Press! post here.  I have also held off on a few books so that I can add them to my Wednesday Nonfiction Picture Book post. 

Here is my favorite Caldecott Honor Book from the past week:

Ben's Trumpet by Rachel Isadora - You can feel the jazz in both the text and illustrations.  I really enjoyed this one.  It may be one of my favorite's by Isadora.

Here are some other books that I was reading this past week:

The Library by Sarah Stewart; Illustrated by David Small - I don't remember which Nerdy Book Club member recommended this one, but I felt like I was reading about me.  Just loved this.

Everything Goes: Henry Goes Skating by Brian Biggs - This early reader has the feel of Biggs' Everything Goes book but the text of an early reader.  I need to check out the others in this series.

Binky Under Pressure by Ashley Spires - If you haven't read the earlier Binky graphic novels, go do so.  Once you have caught up, then try this one.  I think this is my favorite Binky book yet. 

Poseidon: Earth Shaker (Olympians #5) by George O'Connor - If you don't know about O'Connor's amazing graphic novel series, you must find them and read them all.  Poseidon comes out in March 2013.  I checked out the ARC from NetGalley.  This one is written from Poseidon's POV which makes it a bit different from the others but still wonderful.

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage - I elected to listen to this one.  I will be reviewing it on Tuesday so I will hold off on saying anything at the moment. 

Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson - A bookseller friend knew how much I loved Hattie Big Sky and when this Advanced Reader's Copy came in she put it aside for me. I loved it!  If you loved Hattie Big Sky, then you will be excited to see where Hattie goes next.  I don't want to review it now since it won't be out until 2013, but you will want it.

So what are you reading this week?


  1. Wait, there's a sequel to Hattie Big Sky? Amazing! I can't wait. :) Enjoy all your reads this week!

  2. AAAAAHHHHH! So much goodness. Cannot WAIT to read Hattie Ever After. Hattie Big Sky is one of my TOP 10 teen books of ALL time. Binky is probably my favorite MG GN series outside of Babymouse. I always laugh out loud when I read those books. Can't wait to get my hands on Poseidon. I feel like O'Connor just keeps getting better and better with that series. I just requested that my library get the Three Times Lucky audio based on your recommendation. I am so eager to listen to it! You are on such a fabulous reading streak lately :-)

    1. Since you are from Tennessee, it will be interesting to hear your thoughts on the audiobook. As a northerner...y'all sound the same to me. :-) But I still feel Michal Freidman did an amazing job as audiobook narrator. She is an adult but sounds like a kid in the book.

  3. Oh-didn't know about the sequel, either-how exciting! I went back to read about the new picture books too-they all look good. The Three Times Lucky is being talked about so that goes on the list too. Thanks for all!

    1. I am so excited to be spreading the news about Hattie Ever After. Thanks for checking Hot Off the Press! too.

  4. Sequel to Hattie?! So exciting. I'll need to reread the first one so I can read the sequel.
    I agree that Poseidon was different than the others. He really is quite brilliant in how he writes his mythology.
    I haven't read any of the others though I am going to go on Goodreads to check them out (I know I want to read Binky!).

    Happy reading this week! :)

    1. George O'Connor is a Graphic Novel god. HaHa! He really is quite brilliant. Love his humor and the direction he takes with each one. I loved Hera and she isn't even one of the Olympians I normally like.

      You MUST read Binky....seriously - love that cat. He is hysterical.

      And Hattie, well what can I say, it was like meeting up with a favorite friend and starting up where you left off. It has that good feeling to it. Just perfect.

  5. As always, you have so many great and varied suggestions. Thank you! I really must remedy not having read Hattie Big Sky . . . I even have a copy of it here at home! I've enjoyed Kirby's other books a lot. We must seek out Binky for my graphic novel loving 3rd grader. And since I'm late commenting on the #IMWAYR, I now get to pop over to your review of Three Times Lucky. Have a great week!

    Lorna (@notforlunch)

  6. I can not WAIT for Poseidon. I adore all of the GNs he's put out so far (and my students agree). I think my favorite has been Hades, because I simply love how he handled Persephone.

  7. I love Binky! I agree, Binky Under Pressure was probably my favorite. I love the twist. I am almost done with Hattie Big Sky and excited for Hattie Ever After. I love the cover! She looks awesome on the cover!