Welcome to #IMWAYR, where bloggers share the books they have been reading in the past week. If you follow these links, Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers, you can find many great reads.
I'm thankful I don't have choose a favourite from the four novels I finished this week. For different reasons, they are all stellar.
It was hard for me to come to the end of listening to The Wildwood Series. As I neared the finish of Wildwood Imperium, I doled out the last sections of the recording bit by bit, in an effort to make the story last.
I've been trying to get on top of my 2014 to read list, so I focused on completing some of these. I forget why I added them to the list in the first place, so when I get to them, it is like discovering a treasure.
Pamela Porter's I'll Be Watching is a novel written in verse. It was stunning in it's simplicity and power.
I am so thankful I put Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg on my to reads list. I am now committed to reading more of his work. Iron Guy Carl, at Boys Rule Boys Read! told me I would love it, and he wasn't wrong. If for some reason you have overlooked it, please get a copy and read it. Just make sure you have a box of kleenex with you.
Just last night I completed The Earth My Butt and Other Round Things by Carolyn Mackler. I liked it, but have some conflicted feelings. I wish I could say that in the 10 years or so since it's publication, issues of weight and appearance have gotten better for all women and girls like the protagonist, Virginia Shreves, but I can't. Her transformation from an overweight, self conscious, self destructive teen, into a self assured, confident young woman may not be plausible in such a short span of time as in this book, but it does show the reader another world full of possibilities. In this way it reminds me of David Levithan's Boy Meets Boy. If we can envision an ideal world, maybe, just maybe, we can create it.
Right now I am listening to Fairest by Gail Carson Levine. This coming week I'm looking forward to reading, from my 2014 to read list, Because of Mr Terupt by Rob Buyea, as well as a newer title, Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff. Who knows what else will jump out of the pile?