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June Books Read

My first two books for the month of June were birthday gifts.  I think my family knows me well.  They gave me books and chocolate–and some new patio furniture for the back porch.   Let the reading continue!

68) Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow – The illustrations brought back so many memories of favorite books and characters from my childhood.

69)  A Love that Lasts – There is no one right way to live in a happy marriage.

70) Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema, pictures by Leo and Diane Dillon – I knew there was a reason I didn’t like those pesky mosquitoes!

71)   Best Friends – story & pictures by Steven Kellogg – the highs and lows of friendship captured in a vivid imagination

72) Together – by George Ella Lyon, pictures by Vera Rosenberry – another combination of friendship and imagination

73)  A Pond So Blue – by Dan Waters, pictures by Danny B. Dalby – little fish work together to overcome the big catfish

74) A Gift of a Tree by Greg Henry Quinn, pictures by Ronda Krum – I picked up this one in honor of my forester husband

75) The Tooth Tree by Nicholas Heller – What happens when you bury a tooth in the backyard instead of under a pillow?

76) Finding Nemo by Disney Pixar

77) 101 Dalmations by Disney

78) Simba and Nala at Play:  A Book About Opposites

79) Curious George Snowy Day adapted by Rotem Moscovich

80) Jamaica Tag-Along by Juanita Havill, pictures by Anne Sibley O’Brien

81) A Wish-For Dinosaur by Jane Belk Moncure, pictures by Vera K. Gohman

82)Muppet Babies Count with Me by Louise Gikow, pictures by David Prebenna

83) The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult – lots of good things in this book, but a difficult read for me

84) Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully – I got this from the summer reading program at our library.  Now I want to try walking on a high wire.

85) Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans – I loved reading this one to my daughter.  It’s still good now that she is a teen.

86) Madeline and the Bad Hat by Ludwig Bemelmans – another adventure with Madeline

87) How Do You Hug a Porcupine? by Laurie Isop and Gwen Millward – cute rhyming story about–hugging different animals

88) 102 Wacky Monster Jokes -by Michael Pellowski – Some definitely caused groans, but certain kids will eat this one up.

89) The Butterfly Counting Book by Jerry Pallotta – Much more than I expected from a counting book–including words for butterfly in many languages

90) The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown – another mystery full of danger, intrigue, and of course, symbols

91) Where Is Home, Little Pip? by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman – cute picture book about a penguin who gets separated from his parents and can’t find his way home

92) W.A.R.P.:  The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer – This new series has an evil villain, two spunky orphans, and time travel back to Victorian England.

My favorites this month were from the picture books:  Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears and Mirette on the High Wire.  What were your favorite reads from this month?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? Is a meme sponsored by Sheila atBook Journey.  Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Menor Texts gave the meme a kidlit twist.  It’s a great way to reflect on what you’ve read and reviewed the last week and plan what you want to read next.  Join up with us and discover what good books other people are reading.

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The #bookaday challenge that I usually participate in through the summer has turned into #bookaweek and then some this week.  I finished just one book this week:

71VjepfB1-LWhere Is Home, Little Pip? by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman – The Little Free Library organization sent me this picture book in my Steward’s Packet.  It’s a cute story about a penguin who gets separated from his parents and can’t find his way home.  I can’t wait to add it to the library outside.  This edition has both English and Spanish text.  Unfortunately, I can read only the English.

In related library news, I wrote a press release about our new little library and sent it to the regional paper in the next county.  The Columbus, IN, Republic published to story in Sunday’s paper.  That was exciting!

I’m currently reading:

imageW.A.R.P. The Reluctant Assassin b Eoin Colfer – One more run should put me through the end of this one.  It’s definitely exciting, and I can’t wait to see how–and if–Chevron and Riley defeat Garrick.  I will be looking for the next one in the series soon.  I am glad I don’t live in Victorian England.  I’ll stick with modern sanitation.

imageThe Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling – Wow!  I’m just past the halfway mark in this one, and I like it.  At first I had trouble keeping the large cast of characters straight in my head, but now that I’m seeing the connections between them (that sometimes the characters don’t realize), I am enjoying the wicked humor.

What’s coming up:

In addition to finishing the books above, I’d like to read more in Les Miserables this week.  Will Marius ever find the girl of his dreams again?

I’d also like to continue reading another short story or two in Fidelity by Wendell Berry.

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? Is a meme sponsored by Sheila atBook Journey.  Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Menor Texts gave the meme a kidlit twist.  It’s a great way to reflect on what you’ve read and reviewed the last week and plan what you want to read next.  Join up with us and discover what good books other people are reading.

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I thought I was going to have my first week in a long time where I did not finish any books.  I was reading, just longer books.  I also did lots of writing this week, and welcomed my mom for a week long visit.  We also had the grand opening for our Little Free Library Friday night.  You can read all about that tomorrow.

lost symbolI knew once I got into it, I would have a hard time putting down Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol (Anchor 2010).  For once, Robert Langdon is not awaked on the first page with the scene of a grisly murder, but there is plenty of danger and death to come.  Once again, I enjoyed following the clues and interpreting–and misinterpreting–the symbols and clues.  I see Brown has a new novel, Inferno, that I’ll have to add to my TBR pile.

I also had a friend drop by a box of books for our Little Free Library.  I had to read some of the picture books before adding them to the library.

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  • Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully – I got this from the summer reading program at our library.  Now I want to try walking on a high wire.
  • Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans – I loved reading this one to my daughter.  It’s still good now that she is a teen.
  • Madeline and the Bad Hat by Ludwig Bemelmans – another adventure with Madeline
  • How Do You Hug a Porcupine? by Laurie Isop and Gwen Millward – cute rhyming story about–hugging different animals
  • 102 Wacky Monster Jokes -by Michael Pellowski – Some definitely caused groans, but certain kids will eat this one up.
  • The Butterfly Counting Book by Jerry Pallotta – Much more than I expected from a counting book–including words for butterfly in many languages

 I am currently reading:

imageWARP:  The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer – I’ve taken several long runs and done lots of yard work so I could listen to more of this one.  Riley and Chevron make a good pair as they try to prevent the evil Albert Garrick from creating even more evil as they travel through time.  There were several surprising twists.

les-miserablesLes Miserables by Victor Hugo –  I haven’t read much this week, but I did get a few chapters read while waiting to pick up my daughter.  I love having it on my phone to pull out whenever I have a few moments.  For all those readers who complained that Bella wasted too much time crying over Edward, Marius has her beat longing after a girl whose name he doesn’t even know.

What books are coming up:

imageI plan on picking up JK Rowling’s Casual Vacancy this week.  I will probably read some more of the pictures books that have come my way, too.  Who knows what other books the week may bring.

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? Is a meme sponsored by Sheila at Book Journey.  Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Menor Texts gave the meme a kidlit twist.  It’s a great way to reflect on what you’ve read and reviewed the last week and plan what you want to read next.  Join up with us and discover what good books other people are reading.

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This is is my first week joining this meme, and I am excited to be a part of it.  Be warned.  This is not a typical reading week for me.  I am a brand new steward of a new Little Free Library that my husband built to go in our front yard.  I’ve been hitting up yard sales and thrift stores to find books to fill it.  Since we don’t have a lot of picture books left in our house, I’ve been searching for those.  Of course, I had to read them before putting them on the shelves!

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  • Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema, pictures by Leo and Diane Dillon – I knew there was a reason I didn’t like those pesky mosquitoes!
  •  Best Friends - story & pictures by Steven Kellogg – the highs and lows of friendship captured in a vivid imagination
  • Together - by George Ella Lyon, pictures by Vera Rosenberry – another combination of friendship and imagination
  • A Pond So Blue - by Dan Waters, pictures by Danny B. Dalby – little fish work together to overcome the big catfish
  • A Gift of a Tree by Greg Henry Quinn, pictures by Ronda Krum – I picked up this one in honor of my forester husband
  • The Tooth Tree by Nicholas Heller – What happens when you bury a tooth in the backyard instead of under a pillow?
  • Finding Nemo by Disney Pixar
  • 101 Dalmations by Disney
  • Simba and Nala at Play:  A Book About Opposites
  • Curious George Snowy Day adapted by Rotem Moscovich
  • Jamaica Tag-Along by Juanita Havill, pictures by Anne Sibley O’Brien
  •  A Wish-For Dinosaur by Jane Belk Moncure, pictures by Vera K. Gohman
  • Muppet Babies Count with Me by Louise Gikow, pictures by David Prebenna

circle-500I also finished The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult.  I loved the interplay of the narrative with pages in graphic novel format (one of the characters was a graphic novelist), the allusions to Dante’s Inferno (one day I’m going to get brave enough to read it), and the folklore from Native Alaskans.  I found it to be a difficult read for me.  As the mother of a 15 year old girl, reading about the rape of a 14 year old girl and it’s aftermath hit too close to home.

 

This week I am continuing to read these books:

 

  • les-miserablesLes Miserables by Victor Hugo – I’ve been reading this off and on for a year and a half.  Now that summer is here, I am getting back into it.  Thank goodness I’m back to the story after a long detour of political hisTory and theory. Now I get to read about Marius moping over the beautiful girl whose name he doesn’t even know.
  • lost symbolThe Lost Symbol by Dan Brown – one of the advantages of being a LFL steward is finding books I want to read that have been donated.  I just started this one, but so aural no dead bodies or gruesome murders.  I suspect it’s coming soon.
  • 9780679748311_p0_v2_s260x420Fidelity by Wendell Berry – I didn’t know Berry wrote short stories until my former pastor passed on this collection to me.  I’m reading about one a week to let them soak in.  This week’s story “A Jonquil for Mary Penn” was a lovely love story.
  • imageWARP The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer – I’m listening to this one from a download by Sync YA earlier this summer.  I know I’m enjoying it because I keep finding reasons to run a little more or clean a little longer so I can keep listening!

May Books Read

58) The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth – a spooky mystery with a secret world filled with fantastical creatures in graphic novel format

59) Touch and Go by Lisa Gardner  - a detective story donated by one of my students’ parents.  I enjoyed the mystery but it’s not a good fit for a 7th grade classroom library.

60) Asylum by Madeleine Roux – Not my cup of tea (It will probably give me nightmares), but students who love scary stories will enjoy this one.

61)  **House of Purple Cedar by Tim Tingle – Such lyrical writing in this story of cruelty, forgiveness, and redemption

62) **The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde – I couldn’t help myself.  When a friend returned it, I just had to revisit some of my favorite scenes and found myself wandering through all the pages again.

63) *Imperfect Spiral by Debby Levy – a touching story of friendship and loss

64) **A Northern Light by Jennifer Donelly – luscious prose wraps this story of daring to reach for your dreams

65) The Tulip Eaters by Antoinette van Heugen – a modern mystery with roots in World War II Amsterdam

66) **Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys – amazing story of strength and courage

67)  *Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell – very thought provoking–and not at all what I was expecting.

A read a lot of very different books this month–many of them outside my comfort zone.  I enjoyed the stretch in my reading diet.  I starred my favorites.

What were your favorite reads from the month of May?

April Books Read

47)  **Guitar Notes by Mary Amato — Music and friendship blossom in this clever story that starts with a shared practice room and notes left in a guitar

48) Finding the Heart of Nonfiction by Georgia Heard – Not only have I learned how to better teach and write nonfiction, I also find myself reading nonfiction more deeply.

49) The Batboy by Mike Lupica – A baseball fan gets his dream job–batboy for the Detroit Tigers–and learns that his heroes are not always heroic.

50) I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 by Lauren Tarshis – View the chaos of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War through the eyes of an escaped slave who fell in with the Union Army

51) I Survived the Nazi Invasion by Lauren Tarshis – a Jewish boy and his sister flee theJewish ghetto and join up with Partisan fighters in the surrounding forest.

52) I Survived the Japanese Tsunami, 2011 by Lauren Tarshis – Billy and his family are visiting relatives in Japan when the earthquake and tsunami strike terror and devastation across the countryside.

53) This Is Not My Hat by John Klassen – I love this book!  According to our MS librarian, it is quite popular with a wide range of students, too.

54) Tiger, Tiger by Lynn Reid Banks – Friendship, an unrequited love, and of course, tigers come together in the Roman Circuses

55) One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia – Three sisters travel to California to meet the mother they don’t remember.  They discover so much more–poetry and Black Panthers and power to the people.

56) The Shack by William P. Young – a reread after a friend returned it

57) Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber – a Gothic romance along the lines of Dorian Gray

I read lots of good books–eleven to be exact–but my favorite has to be Guitar Notes.  What have been your favorite reads this month?

Here come the books!

imageI’m taking part in the weekly Slice of Life Challenge sponsored by  Two Writing Teachers, where teachers write and share each Tuesday. Join in yourself or head over to check out what’s happening with other slicers. If you’re taking part in the SOL, leave a link to your post. I’d love to read it.

What is the best way to come back to school after spring break?  Why by taking my classes to the book fair all day!

If you could see the piles and boxes of books I have stacked around my house and classroom, you would know that the book fair is the last place I need to to spend my day.  But what could be better than spending time every period browsing the new books, pointing out favorites to my students, and discovering new titles that look intriguing.  To make it even better, this is the BOGO book fair.  How can I turn down a deal that lets me get a free book for each one I buy?

I also had chance to look at next year’s Young Hoosier Book list and buy some of the titles for my classroom.   I can tell I am much more aware and current with my reading.  When I first started promoting the Young Hoosier books through our book club at school, most of the books and authors were new to me.  When I looked at this year’s list, I realized I already owned eight of the titles in my classroom library already, and several of the other titles have been on my wish list.  I am looking forward to discovering a few new books and authors as well.

The more books and authors I know, the better I am able to recommend the right book to my students.  And my students have been reading up a storm this year.  I currently teach 113 students.  Those 113 students have read a grand total of 2,121 books so far this year.  I think that rocks!

March Books Read

32) Guys Read:  Thriller edited by Jon Scieszka – a collection of stories to scare and disgust

33) Inside Narnia by Devon Brown -

34) ** Hollow City by Ransom Riggs – just as strange and peculiar as the first adventure.  I can’t wait for the next one.

35) **Full Ride by Margaret Peterson Haddix – This is a wild ride, full of secrets, lies, and heart-stopping suspense.

36)  **The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis – Deza is back for her own story, and it is a story indeed.

37) The Journey Back by Priscilla Cummins – a strong companion to The Red Kayak

38) Grave Mercies by Robin LaFevers – I was captivated by this audiobook about one of death’s handmaidens.

39) **Divergent by Veronica Roth – Wow!  Now I see what everyone is raving about!

40) **Insurgent by Veronica Roth – I did not see these twists coming.

41) **Allegiant by Veronica Roth – I am overwhelmed now that I’m done.

42) **The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine – a powerful story of friendship

43) **The Real Boy by Anne Ursu – a magical fantasy

44) The Center of Everything by Linda Urban – a quiet story of love and loss and life

45) **Counting by 7′s by Holly Goldberg Sloan – quirky, heartbreaking, and inspiring.  I love Willow.

46) **Doll Bones by Holly Black – creepy, but not too scary.  More than a ghost story, it is a story of friendship and growing up

Thanks to spring break, March was a good reading month.  I put asterisks by my favorites.  As you can see, there were a lot of books I loved!  What were your favorite reads from March?

February Books Read

20) The Raft by S. A. Bodeen’s – a gripping story of survival at sea

21) God Got a Dog by Cynthia Rylant and Marla Frazee

22) Olympians:  Poseidon, Earth Shaker by George O’Connor

23) Olympians:  Aphrodite, Goddess of Love by George O’Connor

24) True Talents by David Lubar – Lubar may not have wanted to write a sequel to Hidden Talents, but I’m glad he did.

25) Cress by Marissa Meyer – Well worth the wait, and it may be my favorite of the series so far.  Each fairy tale is better than the last.  I can’t wait to see how they all come together in Winter.

26) The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman – I want a job at the New York Circulating Repository

27) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – How do I count the ways I love this book?

28) Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller with Susan Kelley – another book that has transformed my thinking and will continue to transform my teaching

29) Trash by Andy Mulligan – a compelling mystery set against the horrors of children living in a large trash dump to survive

30) When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders by J. Patrick Lewis – beautiful and thoughtful

31) Wolf Storm by Dee Garretson – danger and adventure packed into the filming of a movie that turns all-too-real

It is so hard to pick favorites from the books I read this month. I loved Cress and Fangirl and The Grimm Legacy.  Reading in the Wild inspired me.

January Books Read

It’s a new year, and I’m looking forward to the new worlds the books I read will take me to. Here are the titles that started my year.

  1. **The Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer – It was totally worth the wait to find out what happened to Matt and the few people left in Opium.
  2. “The President Has Been Shot!” by James Swanson – Not as good a s the Lincoln books, but I did learn much about this defining event.
  3. **The Darkest Path by Jeff Hirsch – scary and thought-provoking story
  4. Baltimore: The Plague Ships by Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden, Ben Stenbeck – graphic novel meets horror in a hunt for a vampire
  5. One Good Deed a Day:  A Journal – Yes, I read it, but this book is not done until I do and record throughout the year.
  6. **See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles – This one broke my heart…so good and so sad
  7. Flat Broke by Gary Paulsen – Kevin is back with even more schemes–this time to get rich quick–and provides many laughs along the way
  8. **The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson – Wow! Such a powerful story of courage and fierce love
  9. Risked by Margaret Peterson Haddix – It’s back to 1918 and the Russian Revolution for Jonah, Katherine, and Chip–and Anastasia and Alexei, of course
  10. **Champion by Marie Lu – a stunning conclusion to the trilogy.  I’ll miss June and Day
  11. Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashears – I didn’t see this one coming, but I’m glad I listened to it
  12. The Fun of It by Amelia Earhart – Just as charming as the first time I read it!
  13. **Unsouled by Neal Shusterman – There is much to think about in this third book in the Unwind Dystology
  14. Coming On Home Soon by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis – a poignant story
  15. **The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis – Sometimes change starts small and close to home
  16. **Feathers  by Jacqueline Woodson – Frannie’s story is a quiet story, but hope gives it power.
  17. **Me, Him, Them, and It by Caela Carter – My daughter recommended this powerful book to me.
  18. From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson – another powerful story
  19. Crush by Gary Paulsen – My favorite of Kevin’s stories.

Thanks to quite a few snow days and the rest of Christmas break, January was a good reading month.  I had so many favorites!  I put an asterisk by my top books, but I had to restrain myself from putting one by all of them.

What were some of your favorite books from January?

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