Monday, April 29, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This meme was started by Sheila at Book Journey.  The kid's version was started by the lovely ladies at Teach Mentor Text.

I have been doing lots of reading, because it's been a while since I posted.  I've been participating in The Shelf Challenge set up by Matthew Winner.  Click here to read more about the challenge.  I've read a lot of "A" books from my Everybody section.  I've found some gems, some books that needed to be removed, and others that I've got to figure out how to get them into kids hands!

 The Water Castle
One of my favorites from the past few weeks was The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore.  A fellow Nerdy Book Club member Susan Dee (@literacydocent) recommend this book to me.  Click here for a summary from Goodreads.  This book was a very interesting read.  I loved it!  The characters were easy to relate too and feel all of their emotions.  I highly recommend this book!

I also read Timmy Failure by Stephan Pastis.  I was so thrilled to win this one from Susan Dee (@literacydocent).  I had seen it at Target when I was shopping, but I didn't have time to stop and read a bit.  Then after I saw the book trailer, I knew that I had to get this one for my library!  Click here for a summary from Goodreads.  I think that my students are really going to enjoy this book and have quite a few laughs over Timmy and his antics.  

My picture of Hattie Ever After.
I was so excited to find Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson in my Book Fair.  I have been waiting to read this book since it came out in February.  Well, it was worth the wait!  Click here for a summary from Goodreads.  I'm still amazed that I keep falling in love with historical fiction books.  I have never been a historical fiction fan.  I just didn't like what I had read before.  As I joined Twitter and became a Nerdy Book Club Member, it became very obvious to me that I had just been reading the wrong historical fiction books.  One of my favorites that I found was Hattie Big Sky.  This was one of the first historical fiction books where I could actually relate to the main character.  And that has not changed in Hattie Ever After.  In fact I wish I could be more like Hattie in this book.

As I was beginning to tweet about starting Hattie Ever After, I was thrilled and honored that Kirby Larson responded to my tweet.  And to added to my excitement  she started to follow me on Twitter.  I was really glad nobody was around to see my happy dance!!

Happy Reading!!
Stacey (@libraryjo92)


  1. I really need to get Timmy Failure for my students, looks like a great readalike to Big Nate and Wimpy Kid. Love the cover on The Water Castle and I really loved the first Hattie book and I should search out the second!

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  2. Stacey, I haven't heard of The Water Castle nor Timmy Failure so I'm happy to add them to my list. Thanks for the recommendations!

  3. I loved both Hattie books, so glad to hear you did too, & heard from Kirby as well! I've also seen others recommend The Water Castle so it should go on my list too. Thanks much!

  4. I can't wait to try Timmy Failure! It sounds great. I am loving this challenge and reading about everyone's finds.

  5. I can't wait to try Timmy Failure! I have so enjoyed participating in this year's shelf challenge. It's been great to read about everyone's "finds".