Monday, March 28, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It was nice to catch up on reading a bit over Spring Break. I read some great titles--even some adult fiction. I'd definitely recommend all of these! And I think they'd all be great additions to 4th-6th grade classroom libraries.

Middle Grade Fiction

Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban. An incredible historical fiction story of a Japanese-American girl and her family who must live in a camp during the war. The character is one that will stay with me for a very long time and the story is a perfect one for middle grade readers whether they are familiar with this piece of our history or not.

Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt is an incredible story of grief and healing.  Jules is another character who will stay with me for a very long time. This my be my favorite book by this author! The relationships in the book reminded me a bit of her earlier book, Keeper, which I also loved.

Just My Luck by Cammie McGovern is a quiet story about a family going through challenging times.  This was another great character who finds courage in the midst of tragedy.

The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly was my first read of spring break. I read much of it on audio and it is a great audio.  This is the story of two sisters from the Philippines whose father has left them with their (not so nice) stepmother. This is an intense read as there is a great deal of sadness but the girls have hope and strength so it is a good read. It is one I think lots of 4th-6th graders will enjoy.

Adult Fiction

I don't make much time to read adult fiction and I know I need to fit more into my reading life. But I did take some time to read Dietland by Sarai Walker which was highly recommended to me by a friend. This was a good read and one I'm glad I read.  I thought the storylines were good and the issues addressed were important ones.  It would be great for a book club book as I definitely wanted to talk to someone about it after I finished it!

Overall, a good week of reading!


  1. Sounds like a terrific week of reading! I have added ALL of these titles to my never-ending TBR list!

  2. You need some happier books to read! These are all on the glum side, so I hope you have more amusing books for this week!

  3. With the exception of Paper Wishes, you have a list of books I really want to read. They all sound so good.

  4. I try to balance adult fiction with YA and Middle Grade fiction. I like the variety. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  5. We are in the middle of listening to Maybe a Fox - What a heart wrenching story!

    Thanks for recommending Dietland - I am up next to pick a book for my bookclub (Tammy)

  6. Maybe A Fox is up next in my TBR pile after I finish Fenway and Hattie! Paper Wishes is on my list as well. I always appreciate your recommendations!

  7. I enjoyed The Land of Forgotten Girls - truly a riveting read. I will have to look for Paper Wishes. :)

  8. I am looking forward to reading Maybe a Fox, especially since I adored Keeper. However, much as I loved it, my students just didn't warm up to it. I hope Maybe a Fox is better.

  9. Paper Wishes reminds me of a book we read in school, Obasan by Joy Kagawa, about Japanese-Canadian internment. Fascinating stories from our history.


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