Monday, November 11, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? November 11, 2013

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 
It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys
Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and Jen of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. 

My reading time continues to be limited, but I try to carve out a few minutes here and there to read. One of the benefits of doing in class independent reading with my students is that I get to read. 

My Recent Reads:
Young Adult

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

I really enjoyed this book set in 1871 Wisconsin. The main character, thirteen-year-old, Georgie, is a delightful, if at times frustrating, narrator. Georgie is a strong main female character, and reminds me very much of Mattie from True Grit.


The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls

Jeannette Walls is a talented writer and the story just seems to slip by you. I read The Glass Castle this summer and recognized much of Jeannette's own story in the story of Bean and Liz. At first I was concerned that it was going to be a recap of The Glass Castle, but it wasn't long before I was drawn into Bean's world and the unique characters.

My Current Reads:


And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
The Kite Runner is one of my favorite novels, and I was eager to read this new novel. I'm just a little way into it and am captivated by the characters and the story telling. 

Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son by Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez with Hope Edelman

I've been listening to the audio of this book, which I absolutely love. I purchased the print copy for my husband. When it arrived Friday, I said, "Merry Christmas, Honey!" then took it back to read where I had left off with the audio. I love the comfortable way that Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez narrate the book and the lessons that they share from their life together. This is a beautiful book about the relationship between father and son.

Current Read Alouds with my classes:

9th grade

The Giver by Lois Lowry
No explanation needed here!

10th grade

Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements
Most people know Andrew Clements' middle grade books but his Things Trilogy is rather over-looked in my opinion. When I gave my 10th graders several books to choose from for our read aloud, this was their choice. 

11th & 12th grades

Variant by Robison Wells
Both my 11th and 12th grade classes were intrigued by the idea of being trapped in a private school that turns out to be completely different from what you thought it was going to be. We have had many discussions about what they think is really going on and why, and there have been many days when they wouldn't let me stop with just one chapter. I don't normally read sequels to my class, but I may make an exception with this series and read Feedback to them once we finish. I have already been told by several students that I have to read them the second one. 

Natalee Stotz is Head of High School at Windham Christian Academy in Windham, Maine. There she teaches English for grades 9-12 as well as Civics. She also advises the preK-12 school on curriculum, professional development, and literacy. Her passion is for connecting readers with books, and her goal is to create life-long readers. You can follow her on Twitter, @nataleestotz, or read her blog at


  1. I enjoy biographies so I am interested in seeing the Martin Sheen/ Emilio Estevez book.

  2. I love that you read aloud to your high school students! I have taken One Came Home out many times and it always gets neglected. I really want to read it! Have a great week ~Megan

  3. I really want to read ONe Came Home. I love The Giver and Things Not Seen! Great selection Natalee!

  4. I've been wanting to get And the Mountains echoed for awhile now. Like you I also love The Kiterunner as well as A Thousand Splendid Suns. Hosseini's writing is just exquisite. I read The Giver with my eleven year old daughter and right now we are slowly plodding through Gathering Blue. Have a great reading week!