Monday, June 24, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading (And Making)?

Today the Boys and I are linking up to a meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey as well as Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts.  It's called: It's Monday!  What Are You Reading?  Check out both of their blogs for many, many, more wonderful book recommendations and links to others who are doing the same.

In case you missed last week's post, here is our Summer Schedule:
  • Make-it Monday- We will do our IMWAYR post and show you what we have crafted ourselves on this artsy-fartsy day.
  • Treat Tuesday- Join us as we cook up something good and talk about our favorite books.  Also check out Daydream Reader and Maria's Melange, because they participate in Treat Tuesday, which is why we want to participate, too!
  • Wet Wednesday- We will splish-splash in something wet, and take a day off from blogging.
  • Thinking Thursday-  Our focus will be on non-fiction this day, and we'll share what we have learned.
  • Freaky Friday- Who knows what will happen??  But it sure will be FUN!!!

Today has been an especially fun Make-It Monday, because the Boys had their first day of music camp.  They have been making Rock & Roll!  Here are the Boys' audioboos that explain it all:

Our rating system as penned by P.J.:  

  • For every "rock" it means something different, like 1 rock is not very good, 2 rocks is OK, 3 rocks is good, 4 rocks is great, and 5 rocks is amazing! Well now that I got you up to speed, let's get into these book reviews.

Hey this is C.J. Drummers are freaking AWESOME! and this... is book report time.

Lately I have been reading the Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien. I already read the first book so now I am reading the second, The Two Towers. So far, Gimli, Aragorn, and Legolas are searching for Pippin and Merry because after a battle, they lost the two Hobbits. So now they are searching for them, but they fear they might be dead.

Hey this is P.J. and I have read the books Maximum Security and The Killing by Robert Muchamore in literally two days. I read both of these books in a day because those are the kinds of books that you can't put down. The books are about John Adams who, after his mother dies, goes into a top secret branch of the British Secret Service called CHERUB. CHERUB uses kids to infiltrate and take down criminal organizations, but there is one thing, all of the agents are under 17. These books are the third and fourth in the series and if you are interested I would definitely start at number one called The Recruit by Robert Muchamore. This has been P.J. with you reading update, and I hope you read this series.

Mom has finished reading The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen, which is a lovely summer read set in the fictional beach town of Colby.
Next, I am reading Hide and Seek by the wonderful Kate Messer.  Today also begins Teachers Write!, a virtual summer writing camp for educators, which is hosted by Kate, Gae Polisner (author of The Pull of Gravity), Jo Knowles, and Jen Vincent (Teach Mentor Texts).  Check out my other blog- which I began during last summer's Teachers Write! adventure, and follow me as I play around with fiction over the summer.

What are You Reading (or Writing??)


  1. I love books by Sarah Dessen, however I haven't yet read The Moon and More so I will add that to my list. I also absolutely love that your boys blog with you. They had some great recommendations that I may need to add to my classroom library!

    Sixth Grade Tales

    1. Thanks for stopping here today! This was my first Sarah Dessen book, so I definitely will read more. Check out our other posts- the Boys have read lots of books over the last year!

  2. Music Camp sounds like so much fun! Loved the audio clips.

    CJ can join in the Big Book Summer Challenge anytime! You can go to the challenge page and just leave a comment that he'd like to finish The Two Towers for the challenge. or you can mention the challenge on your blog and leave your link on the challenge page. It's all just for fun - nothing bad will happen if he says he'll finish by September and he doesn't make it! ha ha But it's fun to set a challenge goal for yourself.


    Big Book Summer Challenge

    1. Ok, as long as he has until September... He tends to start a long one, then pause for a few shorter books, and then come back to it. I do think he'll enjoy it.


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