It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Journey with a children's/YA version at Teach Mentor Texts.
Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances (my version says "Romances;" others say "Stories") by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. I really enjoyed all of these light-hearted warm-and-fuzzy stories...until the very end. I really wish Myracle hadn't tried to bring all the previous main characters into her story, because her versions of them felt false after spending so much time with them in the other stories.
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King for Teen Reads's Janurary meeting. She is one of my most recent favorite writers. I was blown away by this book. The slowly unfolding drama sucked me in and King's narrative style is one of the most original I've encountered lately. The ending was a little too neat, but other than that, this is going on the mental favorites shelf.
Free to Be...You and Me by Marlo Thomas and Friends (the 35th anniversary version). I'm not sure I can say anything about this book that everyone doesn't already know. Somehow I had never read it, but no multicultural or equal-opportunity library is complete without it.
When We Were Free to Be: Looking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference It Made edited by Lori Rotskoff and Laura L. Lovett for Rotskoff's upcoming author events. This is a really interesting in-depth examination of the book/record/television special/play, what sparked its creation, the world it was coming into and the effect it had. Many of the original creators are included in the collection of essays, giving a great behind-the-scenes look. If you're interested in children's literature or the women's liberation movement, it's worth a look.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott on Kobo. I don't think I'm cut out for this particular brand of children's classic. I like the characters, but can't get myself interested in anything they do.
This week, I'll be finishing When We Were Free to Be, then starting Jackie and Me by Dan Gutman in preparation for the theatrical version at Metro Theater Company.
What are you reading?