It’s Monday! What are you Reading? 4/20/15


It’s Monday which means Monday tradition: It’s Monday! What are you Reading? This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers.

Here’s what I’ve been reading:

Sing Down the Moon by Scott O’Dell


Bright Morning is a young Navaho who tells the story of her and her people as they are forced from their land. O’Dell details Navaho culture such as wedding ceremonies, coming-of-age ceremonies, and the roles of men and women in Navaho tribes.  

I don’t typically read much historical fiction, but my cooperating teacher wanted me to teach the freshman this book. My students liked it because it was short, but they hated it because it was boring, and I couldn’t agree more. The lack of character development caused a lack of empathy towards Bright Morning and her family as they experience tragic events. If 10 is the gripping historical fiction novel, The Book Thief, Sing Down the Moon is a zero.

A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip by Kevin Brockmeier


As a memoir of seventh grade, Kevin tells his experience throughout the course of the 1980’s school year. Although I LOVE realistic “boy” books, this one didn’t do it for me. It consists of bizarre prose that resembles stream-of-conscious narrative. Needless to say, it was hard for me to keep up with.

However, I read the comments on GoodReads and “bizarre” was a common adjective used to describe the book. But many readers related to Kevin and loved the 80’s setting. It seems that this is a good book for the odd kid or adults who were in middle school during the 80’s.

Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James


Yes, I have read the first two books in the Fifty Shades series. And yes, I’m writing about it on my blog. And yes, I loved this second book in the series.

Although I wasn’t sold with Book 1, I gave it several months before giving the series another chance. So unlike the first book, I loved the substance in the second book. I realize this series is controversial, but I like the series because it gets non-reading adults actually READING books.