Taken from a painting of Kapiti Island at Sunset.
by Sonia Savage.

Monday, January 30, 2012

It's Monday. What are you Reading?

The Monday meme has come around very fast this week!  We are returning to a new school year here in New Zealand and suddenly the time allotted to reading has dwindled.  However every little counts and as my goal is generally one children's book a week I am meeting my quota.
Hop on over and join in at the Mentor Text Blog.

I read Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool.  This is the 2011 Newbery Award book.  I read this as an e-book borrowed from the library.  I won't be buying it for my class, while I enjoyed it I found it just didn't call to me to pick it up every spare moment.  I liked the main character Abilene, her story was interesting. I found a few unexpected surprises at the end and some expected. As an adult I liked the book, however I cannot muster up the energy to 'sell it' to my class.

I also started to listen to Divergent by Veronica Roth. This is a new genre for me, and a little challenge to be divergent in my reading! This will take me awhile and will update when read! I also read another 15% of the The Story of Mankind. 

Plans for the week coming.
15% more of The Story of Mankind.
The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron.
Continue listening to Divergent.
and all going well even might get to begin...
Bud not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.

Happy reading week.


  1. I felt the same way about Moon Over Manifest, and don't think I've recommended it to anyone this year, although I felt compelled to read it when it won the Newbery. It had its sweet moments. I've heard others speak about Divergent. I'll be interested in seeing what you think.

    1. Yes I often find book awards strange things. Adults judging children's books as adults, one of the criteria at least should be how much will this appeal to its target audience?

      Liking Divergent so far!


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