4.30 Ring-the-Bell Monday & It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

A new week, a new batch of books–both books finished and being read. Today is…

Ring-the-Bell Monday

{Wherein we share what books we have read in the past week.}


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

{Wherein we share the titles we are currently reading.}

Ring-the-Bell Monday


This week I read:

(This book is slated for release in October)

Ashen Winter is the sequel to Ashfall which I read over Easter Vacation. They are both fast-paced, thrilling reads. The author imagines what would happen if the super volcano which is under Yellowstone National Park (for real) erupted. After the explosions and ash, there could possibly be a prolonged winter. These books follow Alex through his journeys and adventures. It is a harrowing tale, not for the weak of stomach. Due to mature content, I would not recommend this for 6th graders. But I look forward to my students reading it when they get older.

How many books did my students complete? (This will be updated throughout the day)

Class A

| | | | | | | | = 8

Class B

| | | | | | | | | | | | | | |  = 15

Class C:

| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | = 20

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This week, I am reading:

Code Name Verity

This book comes highly recommended. I’m having a bit of trouble getting into it, but based on the recommendations I’ve received, I’m going to push through the beginning.  Here is a review, if you’re interested.

What are the REST of you reading?

8 thoughts on “4.30 Ring-the-Bell Monday & It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

  1. I am reading The Life Extension Companion by Pearson and Shaw. It is dry and boring, however, a patient told me about it and explained how it helped him with a very strange diagnosis. I am plowing through to hopefully gain similar insight. UGH! I have Wonder on request at the library.

    • Mrs. V–You are NOT anonymous! I’m glad you are in line for WONDER. I hope it comes in soon. There might be a big line for it since my sister’s book club is reading it–and I think they mostly use library books. Uh-oh….

  2. Currently I am reading “We were the Mulvaneys” by Joyce Carol Oates. It is taking me a while to get through because I can’t seem to find a good chuck of time to read so I am stealing away moments whenever I can. For work I am finishing up “Choice Words” by Peter Johnston. It is short, but intense and I need to read it one chapter at a time and digest it before moving on to the next. My daughter, a first grade book enthusiast, has fallen in love with the “Riverside Kids” series so we have been reading some of those chapter books at bedtime. I also recently read “Signal” by Cynthia DeFelice as she was recently at our school for an author visit.

    Marie-I loved the HUNGER GAME series. I borrowed the books from Sharrie Scully. Get them from her if you don’t feel like waiting for the library!

    • I haven’t read Oates–I probably should, right? I hate when I start a book and can’t make/take chunks of time to read it. I’m there now. I saw Peter Johnston speak last year. I have all the notes somewhere. Fascinating stuff. And DeFelice came to speak at the MS years ago. We did Ghost of Fossil Glenn as a read aloud. Chilling!

      • If you ever find those notes…I’d love them! Once I have to start sitting at baseball and soccer practices I should have some time to read again. The Oates book is actually an old Oprah book club book that has been in my pile for a while. (My pile is always way bigger than my time to read.) Funny, my 4th grader has read 3 of her books but wasn’t interested in “Ghost of Fossil Glenn” when I first showed it to him. I’ll have to try again:)

      • I’ll look. I wonder if FOSSIL GLENN would be a good intro to Mary Downing Hahn books…Are those too scary?

  3. I just finished CATCHING FIRE this weekend and started THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN. I also have MOCKINGJAY on request at the library. CODE NAME VERIFY looks interesting, I will have to add it to my list of books to be read!

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