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It’s Monday, April 20, 2015! What are you reading?

20 Apr

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It’s been a while again.  Things get so crazy!  There has been a lot of reading thanks to Spring Break a couple of weeks ago.  Here’s what’s been going on in my reading life.

What I’ve Read Lately


I really ended up loving Denton Little’s DeathdateThe concept was pretty fascinating.  And I loved the minor characters!  A number of scenes had me laughing out loud.

AS King continues to impress me!  I wonder if there’s anything she will write that I will dislike.  Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future had me thinking a lot.  Her books are just amazing!

I have had Mockingbird on my shelf for years. I finally picked it up.  It was a one day read.  It was heartbreaking but also so beautiful.

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes is one of those ‘classic’ YA titles that I have been meaning to read for years.  I am glad I did.I really enjoyed it

I also checked out 2 ebooks from the library recently. The Crossover needs to be on every single middle and high school teacher’s shelf!  I could not stop reading it.  Amazing.  And How It Went Down is so important with everything happening in our country now.  It is another one that really makes the reader think.  These will need to be added to my shelf soon!

What I’m Reading This Week

I have started The Spectacular Now a couple times and couldn’t stay in it.  This time, it is sticking.  I’m really liking the writing.  It just seems so real.

I really want to get The Hunted read before it comes out in May.  I loved The Living and want to see where the story is going.  So thankful to my friend Beth for the ARC.

What are you reading this week?

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It’s Monday, March 23, 2015! What are you reading?

23 Mar

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I know I’m posting a little bit later than usual, but it’s better late than never!  Here is a quick update on my reading life lately.

What I’ve read lately

I actually slowed down a little bit on reading.  The week of finals for trimester two was super busy, and then I found myself getting set up for trimester three, including teaching a class for the first time.  I actually had to put The Family Romanov on pause.  I just have not had the attention to give it that it deserves. I was enjoying it and it stretches me into a different genre, but I need to give my full attention to it later.  Maybe my upcoming spring break will be the perfect time.

I did read Dreamland by Sarah Dessen last week.  I wanted something to get my back in my groove after dragging a little.  I enjoy Dessen’s books and know they are usually a quick read.  I did finish this one quickly.  Overall, I liked it, giving it 3.5/5 stars.  It deals with an important issue I think teens should read about.  My issue, and maybe it’s petty, is how Dessen handled the cheer team Caitlyn is a part of.  It was full of stereotypes and really not how I experienced cheer as a cheerleader or coach.  Some parts will a little rushed for me as well.  I appreciate that this was first published in 2000 (I was in high school!) and I know I like more of Dessen’s later work much more.

What I’m reading this week

I received the Arc for Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin thanks for my friend Beth who picked it up at ALA Midwinter.  The concept fascinates me: science has progressed to pinpoint a person’s actual date of death.  You live your life knowing when you are going to die.  Denton’s Deathdate is tomorrow. I wanted to read this in order to share it with my students.  So far, I am really liking it and can see how my students will enjoy it too.  I plan on a full review once I am done.

I also hope to finally get to Glory O’Brien this week.  I just had to renew it from the library.  I am picking up my reading groove again so I am sure I will get to it soon.

What are you reading this week?

It’s Monday, March 9, 2015! What are you reading?

9 Mar

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I was pretty sick last week.  I had a bit of that stomach flu that is going around.  It was a pretty rough few days.  I did read some, but a lot of my time was spent sleeping.  I am feeling much better this week and am looking forward to some of the books I have on deck.

What I read last week

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

I wanted to like this more than I actually did.  I loved the way Sylvia Plath was intertwined in the story.  I really loved getting to know the characters.  But the ending was so rushed.  There were so many important issues that Wolitzer could have explored much deeper.  So much was glazed over that I feel it could have been more powerful had more time been spent on developing the ending.  3.5/5 stars

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

I love this book!  I love how for a little bit, I was confused but I still wanted to read it.  It is such a beautiful story!  I went through so many emotions while reading it.  I am so happy I read it!  5/5 stars

What I am reading this week 

The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming

I had a very successful trip to the library last Monday.  I have been wanting to read this one for awhile.  I have been very interested in the Romanov family for quite a long time.  Plus, this is helping me to shake things up and read some nonfiction this year, too.

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Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by AS King 

I think I made it pretty clear in the past that I love AS King.  I was so excited to come across this title as well in the library.  I have heard many positive things about this one.

What are you reading this week?

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorites from the last 3 years

3 Mar

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they post a new list for bloggers to answer.  This week’s topics is ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the last three years!  Here are my favorites from 2012, 2013, & 2014.

Disclaimer: Okay this list was hard.  And I learned that 2013 was an AMAZING reading year for me.  It was really hard to not pick almost all of them from that year.

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1. Summer Sisters by Judy Blume (2014)

This is a cheat.  This is my favorite book that I have reread more times than I count.  But I reread it last year, so it gets on the list.

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2. AS King Books (2012 & 2013)

This is another cheat.  I have read all four of these in the last three years and I cannot choose just one for this list.  So AS King just gets added on her own.

3. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (2012)

This satire is one that I will never forget.  It is hilarious but it also makes you think about the world we live in.

4. Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers (2012)

This is my favorite Courtney Summers book.  I have had so many copies of this one because I cannot keep it on my shelf and it grows legs and walks away.

5. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (2012)

This book.  This book.  That’s all I can keep saying.  It made me cry like I have never cried over a book (and I’ve cried over a lot of books).  Beautiful.  Haunting.

6. Looking for Alaska by John Green (2012)

Hands down my favorite John Green book.  I think everyone should read this one.

7. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (2013)

This book is why historical fiction is so important: it tells a story not usually told.  It is powerful.

8. Sold by Patrica McCormick (2013)

I love Patricia McCormick for telling the difficult stories that need to be told.  Her verse was unforgettable.  This one has also made some rounds in my classroom.

9. One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (2013)

I loved Carley and her story.  I still think of her often.  This is one I love sharing with others.

10. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (2014)

My favorite book of last year.  This one amazed me with both the writing and the story.  I have loved giving it to other readers and discussing it with them.

What have been your favorites over these last three years?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Heroines

24 Feb

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they post a new list for bloggers to answer.  This week’s topics is Ten Favorite Heroines From Books.

1. Hermione from Harry Potter by JK Rowling

I know it is probably very obvious and we will see a lot of her today, but she is pretty amazing!  Hermione is smart and pretty tough as well.  She is an excellent role model for readers.

2. Vix from Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

This is my favorite book of all time.  I always loved Vix as a character and felt a connection to her even the first time I read this book as a teenager.  Every time I read this book, I connect to a different part of Vix’s life.  She is a character that will always stay with me.

3. Juliette from Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi

Juliette begins very afraid, being especially fearful of herself and her power.  I love how she grew in the series and learned to control her power and gain confidence in herself.  She was a character I rooted for and loved to watch develop.

4. Melinda from Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Melinda is a character I will never forget.  She went through hell and had to fight her way back, but she made it.  I love her voice and her views of the world as well.

5. Tana from The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Tana is another tough girl.  She handles her situation with nothing but fight.  She doesn’t give up even when things seem hopeless and she does whatever is necessary to do what needs to be done.

6. Astrid from Ask the Passengers by AS King

Astrid is all about giving love, even to people she doesn’t even know flying in the airplanes above.  And she just wants to be herself, not just a label.  She is another strong character whom I adore.

7. Rory from The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

I am seeing a theme…I love tough heroines that fight on their own.  Rory works with ghosts and is hilarious!  I can’t wait to continue reading her story.

8. Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Cath is another character I really connected to.  I loved watching her grow to accept herself.

9. Skeeter from The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Skeeter is a girl who strives to be true to herself.  She follows her dream and she strives to stand up for what she believes is right, even if it means going against the grain.

10. Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice  by Jane Austen

What is not to love about Lizzie?  She is another tough girl who stays true to herself through and through.

Who are some of your favorites?

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I own the most books of

29 Jul

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they post a new list for bloggers to answer.  This week’s topics is Top Ten Authors I Own the Most Books Of.  I am particularly looking at the authors I have the most books from in my classroom library.  As the majority of my collection is packed in boxes at school, I will do my best from memory with authors I know I have multiples of in my classroom library (in no particular order).

1. Laurie Halse Anderson 

I have copies of all five of her YA books, including multiples of some, plus her three historical fiction books in my classroom library.

2. Walter Dean Myers

Off the top of my head, I can think of 8 or 9 different titles I have from the great Walter Dean Myers.  His books really hit home with a number of my students and they love them.

3. John Green

I love his writing.  Students love his writing.  I keep copies of his different novels on the shelves for students to enjoy.

4. Jodi Picoult

I have read a few of her books myself and can always find her titles at book sales.  I have lost count of how many of her books are in my classroom library and they are pretty popular for students.

5. Ellen Hopkins 

She has 8 or 9 verse novels for young adults (with another on the way this year!) and I think I have at least 7 or 8 of them in my library.  Another popular author I like to keep stocked as so many students gravitate to her work.

6. Sarah Dessen

Sarah has many great books to choose from and she is one that is so popular I keep as many titles as possible on my shelves for my students.

7. AS King

I think I am at the point I will buy any book she writes.  I have four different titles from her, and they all go through the rounds among my students.

8. Patricia McCormick

Patricia McCormick deals with a number of different issues that are important for students to read.  I have copies of Sold, Cut, Never Fall Down, and Purple Heart by her.

9. Jo Knowles 

This is another author that deals with issues students want to read.  Her books are ones that keep my students glued until the last page.  I have four of her books.

10. Sharon M Draper

Draper is an author that has many books to choose from and again deals with topics students want to and enjoy reading.  I have at least 6 different books from Draper in my collection.

What authors do you have?