Whew! It’s (Still) Monday! What Are You Reading?

Heather and I talk a lot about our work, and we talk a lot about what to write on this blog. We set goals. We schedule posts. Sometimes we do okay, and sometimes we simply (or not so simply) let the demands of school and home and family get in the way of what we really want to do here. In an attempt to DO BETTER, we are going to join the It”s Monday! What Are You Reading? meme.

If you look at the Book Journey blog, you can see the original idea, but really, it’s all about sharing books and outlining a weekly plan for reading. Our stacks of To-Be-Read Piles rival any of yours, but this is a little different. We’re actually going to commit to what we are reaching to read during any given week. By doing so, we can show our students that readers have a plan. Readers know what they will read next. It’s not just a willy-nilly wandering through the stacks of a library. (My students think this is the same as having a plan.)

Our friends over at Teach Mentor Texts host their own version of It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? with their focus on #kidlit — book reviews and suggestions for children’s literature from pictures books to all things YA. We’re going to tag along here for a while.  So. . .

Mon Reading Button PB to YA

I love dystopian novels:  Fahrenheit 451, 1984, The Handmaid’s Tale, and this is a genre that lots of teens enjoy reading. Of all YA books, I’ll choose dystopian over any other. Three of my favorites, all of which are the first in a series (added bonus with kids and reading) and have been around awhile:

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Matched by Allie Condie

Divergent by Veronica Roth

This past week I read the ARC of Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum. Interesting. Not quite 13667361as engaging as some others. The concept is I-Robot–ish. Robots have taken over society in an attempt to save humans from themselves. The character development was pretty good:  three siblings and a couple of friends. I guess the thing that weakened the appeal was the dialogue. I thought it was boring–real as in what kids actually say to their parents and one another but boring. Overall, I give it three of those five gold stars.

This week I am reading another ARC:  The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist. I am not positive it’s dystopian, but I have a pretty good idea based on these last few sentences from chapter one:

15721645“We heard Irene and stopped whispering. She came in, turned out the light, and bet over each of our cots in turn. First Isobel, then Caroline, then Eleanor, then me, leaning close to my face and whispering. ‘Go to sleep, Veronika.’

Then she pushed the spot behind my ear, with a click, like always, and I did.”

What’s next? I plan on tackling the pile of dystopian books I haven’t read yet. Some students are helping me sort and categorize the book shelves in my classroom. For now, we have labels taped around the whiteboard rails around the room and stacks of books beneath them. The dystopian stack is the tallest right after Teen Angst. I’d rather not tackle that stack for a while, but that’s just me rebelling against the teen angst I deal with every single day.

I’d love to know your favorite dystopian reads. Please leave your book suggestions in the comments.

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2 thoughts on “Whew! It’s (Still) Monday! What Are You Reading?

  1. hcato January 15, 2013 at 4:27 pm Reply

    I am am jealous you have gotten to The Different Girl in your stack! I’ve been wanting to read that book, but I simply have too many others to get through first. I can’t remember, have you read the Chaos Walking series yet? If you have not, you should put down whatever you are doing right this minute and read them (all three) because they are WONDERFUL!!!


  2. Audrey January 14, 2013 at 9:07 pm Reply

    An avid following has developed for Shatter Me by Tahera Mafi. Protagonist is gifted in the same vein as Rogue from X-Men. I think Under the Never Sky will be on my list for next week.


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