Welcome back to another week of #IMWAYR! Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers host the children's version of this meme. It's a great place and time to find your own next 'best book ever'.
I know that many of you are already ensconced in your back to school lives, but here in British Columbia, school begins on the 6th. This year will be my first September as a retired teacher. I'm not at all ready for the mix of emotions this brings. It's strange and scary and glorious to have my future so open ended, but I'm looking forward to connecting with other retired teachers at the To Hell With the Bell brunch to start it all off.
In the meantime, I'm easing my way into reading more adult fiction by having one on the go at all time. I'm trying to get my head around the fact that I no longer need to read middle grade books for work anymore. It's just, as you all know, there are few things quite so satisfying as a really well written middle grade novel. I've signed up to be a juror for the Chocolate Lily Awards, and am looking forward excitedly to focusing on reading new Canadian titles for a while.
As for last week, well, I did read, but I found other ways to entertain myself as well, like painting cabinets, updating my #MustReadin2016 progress, and writing a couple of book reviews.
We Were Here by Matt de la Peña
For Today I Am a Boy by Kim Fu
This book was a window for me into the life of a Chinese Canadian family. It's a family loaded with secrets and dysfunction.
I'm sure glad I read it.
This is one of #MustReadin2016 titles. I had no idea really what I was in for when I started listening to it, but once I started, it was really difficult to stop and get on with other parts of my life where listening wasn't possible. I enjoyed this story of six disparate characters so much that I have put a hold on Crooked Kingdoms, the next in the series.
All Fall Down by Ally Carter
This is a gripping read full of convoluted plot twists and turns. I can see where this would be a very successful title for upper elementary students. If I had the sequel at hand I'd start it right away.
Click Here to Start by Denis Markell
The book is loaded with suspense, adventure, literary connections, and information about Japanese American soldiers during the Second World War.
I like that the story has a satisfying end, but there are enough unanswered questions and potential for more action in further sequels.
My Book Of Birds by Geraldo Valério
Cloth Lullaby by Amy Novesky & Isabelle Arsenault (illustrator)
This beautifully illustrated book introduced me to Bourgeois' life and art. Upon finishing it, I was compelled to go and learn more about her. I suspect this is what students will want to do too.
The Fox Who Ate Books by Franziska Biermann (translated by Shelley Tanaka) (NetGalley)
I read a few reviews of this book where people thought the ending gave children the wrong message. Seriously, I think those people need to give their heads a shake and get a life.
I am reading Dead Boy by Laurel Gale with my eyes and listening to Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden.
I'm whittling my way through the piles of novels from the library. I'm planning on starting Every Single Second by Tricia Springstubb next. I'm not sure what my next audiobook will be since I'm travelling to our home in Oliver BC to do some serious tomato canning, juicing and salsa making. I just hope that some of my audiobook reserves from the VPL become available.