Monday, November 3, 2014
It's Monday! What are you reading? #12
It's Monday! What are you reading? is the original weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It's Monday! What are you reading? - from Picture Books to YA is a kidlit focused meme just like the original and is hosted weekly by Teach Mentor Texts. The purpose is the same: to recap what you have read and/or reviewed and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week.
It seems like I have been busy and not reading as much as usual, but here are the books I did read in the past week:
The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
This is a beautifully illustrated book about the life of Paul Roget, the man who wrote the book on alternative words we can use so that we don't sound redundant.
Mr. Ferris and his Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs Davis, illustrated by Gilbert Ford
George Ferris created the sensation of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Kids can read all about how Ferris's creative vision became the reality that is still a fun, favorite ride for kids of all ages.
The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew
I love a well-done graphic novel and this is among the best. It is the story of a mild mannered Chinese American teen living in Chinatown in the 1930s and who just wants to work in the family's grocery store. But his mother has other plans and wants him to be a superhero, fighting crime and injustice. Yang's character, Hank Chu,is based on a comic book character from the Golden Age of Comics called The Green Turtle, which was written by a Chinese American cartoonist named Chu Hing and it may well have been the first Asian American superhero.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
This is a book that I haven't read in a long, long time, so I decided to read it again. It's a little wordier that I remembered and I can see why a reader might be attracted to an abridged version, but I think the original is still worth reading. I downloaded the original 1911 version from Project Gutenberg
Here is what I plan on reading this week:
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield
Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen
Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
Will Poole's Island by Tim Weed
I'm really looking forward to reading these this week. What are you looking forward to reading?