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It’s Monday, June 15, 2015! What are you reading?

15 Jun

It is officially summer vacation!  Here’s hoping a lot of reading can happen.

Audio Books

I am almost done with The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman.  I have been really enjoying it.  I have a long drive tomorrow, so hopefully it will be done.

I also finally got I Was Here by Gayle Forman back from the library.  We now get two weeks for audio books!  Some walks with Taylor and driving to work for the few days I am going in for curriculum work will be great for that.

Books

I have been saying for along time I want to read Dorthy Must Die by Danielle Paige.  One of my students read it this year and told me how much she loved it.  It will be my first read of the summer break.

What are you reading this week?

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?

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?

It’s Monday, March 2, 2015! What are you reading?

2 Mar

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Is it really already March?  I cannot believe it!  Where is 2015 going?  Thanks to a cold day last week, I got quite a bit more reading done than I have lately.

What I read last week

Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Dear Stephanie Perkins – Please write more books.  Like a lot more.  I loved all three of these books.  Anna was probably my favorite, but I love how all the stories come together and tie up in the end.  Basically, I will buy whatever you may write, Mrs. Perkins, especially more romances like this.

What I plan to read this week

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer 

I have seen this one all over friends’ feeds.  The mention of Sylvia Plath had me ready to go.  So far, I am liking it.  I am looking forward to learn more about each character’s story and understand exactly how this magical plan may work.

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

I am putting myself on a book buying ban until my birthday in June (you know, gift cards will be coming).  So I am getting to all these books that have been hanging around my house and classroom that I have been dying to read but haven’t gotten to yet because I buy new ones.  This one won the Printz in 2009 and gets a lot of love from readers I know.  So it is next.

What are you reading this week?

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

23 Feb

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It has been a few week since I have checked in with one of these posts!  Here is an update on my reading life.

What I Have Read Lately

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafai

I loved this book and just posted my review yesterday.  Cannot recommend this one enough!

 The DUFF: Designated, Ugly, Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger

I read this with movie recently being released.  To be honest, I am a little torn on this one.  I couldn’t put it down, but I’m not sure how much I loved it.  The wanting to keep reading factor had me give it 4/5 stars.  I’m still kind of on the fence though.  I have not been this torn on a book in awhile.

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield

I was impressed how quickly I read this 599 page book.  I won’t say much yet because a review is definitely forthcoming.

What I’m Reading This Week

Lola and the Boy Next Door & Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins 

I read Anna and the French Kiss back in 2013 and LOVED it!  I am finally getting to the other books in the series.  I have heard that these are great as well!

What are you reading this week?

It’s Monday, January 19, 2015! What are you reading?

19 Jan

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It is hard to believe another week has gone by!  Is 2015 already flying for you, too?  Here is what has been going on in my reading life.

What I read last week

Cress by Marissa Meyer

I absolutely love the Lunar Chronicles Series!  I have loved how every book introduces new characters and how their story line get wrapped up in the overall story.  I really liked Cress as a character.  Plus, there was a lot of Thorne and I got to love him even more than I already did.  If you like sci-fi and twists on fairy tales, you need to check this series out!  The fourth book, Winter, is coming out in November of this year. To bide some time Fairesttelling the story of Levana, comes out later this month!

What I’m reading this week

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson 

I am excited to read what all the fuss has been about this one.  I started it on Saturday and am already falling in love with the writing.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

This is another one that a lot of my bookish friends have been talking about.  This one is already on deck for after I’ll Give You the Sun. 

What are you reading this week?