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Sunday, October 2, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Do you follow the It's Monday What Are You Reading blogs?

If not, here's the story. 
I'm going to quote Alyson Beecher here because she says it perfectly:

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys.  Jen Vincent ofTeach Mentor Texts and Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right just might discover your next “must-read” book!

I wish I were better at keeping up with my own reading. I usually have at least two kids' books and one something-else going at the same time. Because I've been traveling, I've also read a couple of airplane books, sadly not worth mentioning. 

Also, I have a library book due tomorrow, which inspired this post. I was going to zip through it this afternoon and blog about it. But I'm not going to talk about that book, which seems to have garnered excellent reviews but fell apart for me 3/4 of the way through.

What I finished last night and LOVED SO MUCH. Sorry, can't help hollering. 

I happened to be at a Highlights UNWorkshop with Meg last month where she received a very special honor and a scholarship in her name. What a treat to sit around the breakfast table (lunch, dinner- Hey, it was Highlights! We eat a lot!) and talk about how she came to write this story.

The good people at Highlights gave everybody a copy of Meg's new book. Honestly, I thought I'd send it to a lovely friend, a teacher in her first job, in New York. Perfect match. I'll still pass along my autographed copy. But I'm so glad I read it first. 

What a book. Mine is now filled with stickie notes! 
Things that will make me think hard about my own writing. 
I adore how she weaves in historical details in. Son of Sam- I'd almost forgotten that. And the great NYC Black-out. The way she makes readers feel their characters' worries and fears- brilliant.

The music, food, lingo. All those fabulous things that don't really matter if you don't get them. It might not even matter if Meg had chosen to leave them out. But they so enrich this book!

I'm delighted to know that BURN BABY BURN has just been long-listed for the National Book Awards. Well deserved. 

I turned the last page of the book this morning, reading the interesting Author's Note. What a truly inspiring read for a writer. As I'm sure it will be for its intended Young and New Adult audiences.

Here's hoping your weekend reading was every bit as good as this book.


Carrie Gelson said...

I also was a huge fan of Medina's Burn Baby Burn. Dramatic family relationships, young love, coming of age, and New York in 1977 and all that that means - I couldn't put this title down. Happy reading this week!

Catherine said...

I don't read a lot of YA, so this book wasn't really on my radar, but it is now! Thank you for sharing your thoughts about it. Speaking of Highlights, it was wonderful to meet you there. I'm reading Making Friends With Billy Wong right now and you have been making me think about my own writing. Thank you!

Linda B said...

Hi Augusta, I agree that Burn, Baby, Burn is a story that touches the heart, am happy to hear about it's being listed for the National Book Awards! I loved Nora, think that every teacher of older students should read this so they can see what students might be going through, but hiding. Too often, that happens. Thanks for sharing your excitement about the book!

Michele Knott said...

I have this book at home! Just need time to read it. Glad you joined in today!

Augusta Scattergood said...

Thanks for chiming in, everybody. And Michele, I always to keep up with my reading on the blog and have even done a few "It's Monday" posts. But often it slips away from me -so it was fun to join in today- You've got a good group of bloggers sharing books!

Jana Eschner said...

As a child of the 70s, I really think I would enjoy Burn Baby Burn. I'll definitely need to make time to read this one, soon. Have a great week!

Myra Garces Bacsal said...

I've been reading so many great things about this novel - I will have to find it soonest.