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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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Favorite Books of 2014

31 Dec

As 2014 comes to an end, here are my favorite books I read this year.

1. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

There is so much I love about this book!  And students are reading it more and more, which has led to amazing conversations about it!

2. The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner

Technically, I read this in 2013.  But as it was a 2014 release and just that good, I am including it on the list.  This story both broke my heart and put it back together.

3. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Anderson is one of my absolute favorite authors.  This book did not disappoint.  And I loved that there was some romance in this one.  A memorable book on such an important topic.

4.  Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

I am so thankful I got to read an ARC of this title.  It comes out in February 2015.  If you are a teacher, parent, or just work with kids in some way, you need to read this book.  It also included my favorite quote that I read this year: “I look down at my Mercury dime and it’s date, wishing people could last as long as coins.”  Amazing writing!

5. Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

I love Blake’s work.  I love mythology.  I could still rave about this one months later. I need to get my hands on Mortal Gods very soon!

6. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

This book reminded me why I love science fiction.  The second book, This Shattered World, just came out at the end of December, and I cannot wait to get my hands on it!  Christmas gift cards are going to come in handy.

7. The Living by Matt de la Pena

This book hand me at the edge of my seat and frantically turning pages.  It was so intense at some parts!  I really loved it and cannot wait to read more of the story when The Hunted comes out in May 2015.

8. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

I raved about this on Monday and I’m still thinking about it.  If you love horror and vampires, you need to read this book!

9. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell is one of my favorites and she becoming very popular in my classroom.  I really loved Cath and how she developed throughout the story.

10. Peak by Roland Smith

Again, I cannot believe that I waited so long to read this one!  The adventure had me hooked and I loved learning so much more about mountain climbing.