It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

I made a huge discovery about myself. I can walk on the treadmill and read at the same time! I love reading and I am very undisciplined about exercise so it is a perfect combination. As a result, I’ve finally finished a book I’ve been trying to finish for more than a week, started on another, and completed one that has been on top of my tbr pile for far too long.

I finished The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater. A lovely example of a fantasy novel that draws on folklore (something we just talked about in my children’s literature class last week!) I also like the way that we hear the story told from boy Puck and Sean’s points of view – but I tend to love multi-vocal stories. The way that Steifvater writes about the connections that both characters have with horses and the land felt so very authentic to me. I immediately recommended it to my cousin, who could BE Puck (you know, if it weren’t a fantasy fictional story).

I finally read A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban. This has been on my tbr pile for a while. My friend, Colby Sharp, is a big fan of Linda’s and I’ve been wanting to read it. I read it in an evening, immediately gave it 5 stars on goodreads, and handed it to my 12-year-old daughter as a “must read”. For more, see yesterday’s blog post. (It needed it’s own post, it was that amazing.)

I reread The Arrival, The Red Tree, Eric, and Sketches from a Nameless Land by Shaun Tan. My children’s literature students read, wrote about, and discussed The Arrival last week. Every time I read Tan’s books, I’m blown away by the way he creates multiple levels of story, and therefore, response. I picked up Sketches from A Nameless Land when I was in Australia this summer, it is amazing to be able to read about Tan’s process and get a glimpse at his creative process. Hoping that this will be available in the US soon.

I started reading A Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz. I absolutely loved A Tale Dark and Grimm because of the way that Gidwitz turns upside down (and inside out) what we think we know about fairy tales. This follow up is not disappointing. I also love that the narrator talks to the reader – nothing like breaking the fourth wall in an artful way.

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5 thoughts on “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  1. I’ve been wanting to read A Crooked Kind of Perfect! (I will click through to your post about it in a moment.) I love that you can read on the treadmill. I wonder if I could, too? I might have to remove the debris that is hiding my treadmill and give it a try. Maybe even an audio book on the treadmill might be fun! Okay, you’ve officially inspired me.

  2. I loved The Scorpio Races! Oh those characters. I have just started The Raven Boys. I bought A Crooked Kind of Perfect for my daughter. Thinking I would like to read it too. Thanks for reminding me!

  3. Yay- I’ve read everything you read. I love when that happens. OH, and I agree with you too. Scorpio Races is a beautiful fantastical book (and I love Sean!) and Crooked Kind of Perfect is one of the quiet powerful books (with Hound Dog True and Hattie and May Amelia).
    I need to get the newest Gidwitz book soon though; hope it is in the next Scholastic book order.

    Happy reading this week! 🙂

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