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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 Mentor 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 had the delight of opening my front door one day this week and finding a bag of books that someone had left for the Little Free Library that I am a steward for. Thank you, Ashton! I had fun reading some of these before putting them in the LFL. Later in the week I met Ashton as he browsed for some books. We also finished planting the garden before the next round of rain sets in. The best part of the week–eating fresh strawberries as soon as I pick them from the back yard. Yum!

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Because of Winn Dixie: The Official Movie Scrapbook by Jean K. Kwon, photographs by Suzanne Tenner – You should have seen how fast my daughter grabbed this one when she saw it. We both love Kate Kicamillo’s book and revisit the story any way we can.

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If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond – I loved reading this series of books to my daughter. Who knew what delightful messes a pig can drag you into if you innocently give her a pancake for breakfast. The photo shoot is  my favorite–or is the tree house or the wheelbarrow full of mail?

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The Foot Book by Dr. Suess – This was the first book I pulled from the bag to read. I have always loved Dr. Suess His rhymes are deceptively simple but absolutely brilliant. Read it again!

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Trucks A to Z by Christopher Hernandez – I never knew that there were trucks for every letter in the alphabet (sometimes more than one truck). I wish I had had this when my nephews were younger. They loved trucks of all kinds and would have loved this text.

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A Praying LIfe by Paul E. Miller – I still have a lot to think about this week. I like how Miller is open about the struggles he has with his own faith and prayers, especially with his family stories. I am opening my eyes and heart to see the stories that God is weaving in my own life. I agree that God can use suffering in our lives to teach us and help us grow in our faith, but I’m not sure God causes suffering just to teach us a lesson. I’m not even sure that is what Miller says, but these latest chapters seem to lean that way.

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Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan – It’s always a good sign when my listener begs for one more chapter. Now that Willow’s life has completely fallen apart, she is slowly starting to put it back together again. The hardest part of reading this book aloud to my daughter is NOT to comment on it. I know what’s coming and want to point out all the foreshadowing, but I’m biting my tongue so she can enjoy it unfolding through the story.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles Happen edited by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark – I’ve read quite a few more stories this week. I find that they are like chocolate–delicious to read but easy to consume too much at once.

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Dodger by Terry Pratchett – I downloaded this from Sync YA and started listening to it while I was mowing this week. I like the character of Dodger and his roommate/mentor. I also love that Charles Dickens is one of the characters–and seems to be playing quite a major role so far. Now I’m waiting to see what trouble finds Dodger next. He seems to have a knack for attracting trouble–as well as luck and wits to get out of it

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I’m heading to western Arizona this week to facilitate a conference, so I get to decide which books to take with me. Space is limited with carry ons, so I am glad for the Kindle app on my phone on these trips. Since I’ll get to spend a few days at my brother’s house, I can raid his books while I sit by the pool!

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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 Mentor 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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It was a good reading week. I finished several books and even posted a couple of reviews. Imagine my thrill when Lois Duncan shared my review of her book on her Facebook page. Not only did I enjoy some good books this week, my husband and I finally planted our big garden. We’ve been enjoying spinach and green onions from our little raised bed at the house, but schedules and weathe had kept us from planting the rest of the seeds and plants. We still have a few more things (some more summer squash, okra and flowers to plant), but we are ready for the rest of it to grow!

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The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter – I absolutely love this book, but I find it very hard to describe. It has such a fantasy feel to it, but it’s really not fantasy at all. Maybe some things that happen stretch believability (How many fathers do you know who make their living by painting exiled and deposed royals with strange histories?), but everything is explained in the end. The castle folly (a small-sized copy of a real castle) is amazing, and the three Hardscrabble children found a way into my heart. (Click on the title for my longer review.)

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One to the Wolves by Lois Duncan – As soon as I received the review copy sent by the author, I opened the cover and couldn’t stop reading. Lois’s account of her search for justice for her daughter is gripping and heartbreaking. Over twenty-five years have passed since her daughter Kait was shot down in the street. During that time, Lois has tracked down every lead and compiled evidence for other suspicious deaths around Alburquerque, but she still searches for answers. I hope that she will soon be able to write an ending to this true story.  (Click on the title for my longer review.)

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All Our Yesterdays by Christin Terril, narrated by Meredith Mitchell – I forgot to include this one last week, but I am still listening to it. I’m to the point of looking for more mowing to do (too bad I broke the mower) or other chores so I can listen more. The conflict between the future Em and the past Marina is building steam until the ultimate showdown at the end. I loved the ending–though for a few minutes I wasn’t sure where it was going.

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A Praying LIfe by Paul E. Miller – I am enjoying this book, and it gives me much to think about. The chapters I read this week focused on the contrast between the cynicism of the larger world and the realistic optimism that faith and prayer can lead to. I found lots of things for me to work on in my own life.

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Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan – I think my daughter must be enjoying this one since she asks me to read every night. I am throroughly enjoying revisiting Willow and her friends. Even after I read our chapter aloud, I have a hard time tearing myself away and flip to favorite scenes to reread.

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What Have You Lost edited by Naomi Shihab Nye – I haven’t read many poems this week. I guess I got out of the habit. The few I did read were quite good, so I am determined to get back in the habit of reading one every day. 

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles Happen edited by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark – This is the book that I find myself grabbing to read whenever I have a few minutes. It’s perfect to take along while waiting to pick up my daughter from school or to sneak in another story while I am waiting on someone for something.

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Oh my, it’s time once again for SYNC YA. I  missed the first week last week, but there are still two audiobooks a week for the rest of the summer to enjoy. Glancing over the titles for the summer, I see some titles that have been on my TBR pile and others that I would love to revisit while listening. If you’re not familiar with SYNC YA, they give away two audiobooks–one contemporary young adult title and one classic title that relate thematically–each week of the summer. All you need is the free Overdrive app. I’ve enjoyed many books for the past few summers. The downloads are available for just one week, but they remain on your computer for as long as it takes to get to them.

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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 Mentor 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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Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter – Really, I don’t want to turn to a life of crime, but I love reading about Katerina Bishop and the family business of thievery. This time the job is personal for Kat. Her friend Hale is the mark of an excellent con. Not only might she not be able to outcon the con, she might also lose Hale. I thought I knew what was coming through the story, but I was even more surprised than Hale at the end. Check out my full review here.

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What Have You Lost edited by Naomi Shihab Nye – The poems I’m reading this week circle around childhoods lost.

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The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter – Three ordinary children (well, almost ordinary) have the most extraordinary adventure and discover the most surprising secrets. My favorite part is the narrator, who is at times serious and at times snarky. Technically, the narrator (one of the children) remains unnamed, but it didn’t take me too long to figure out which one tells the story. I’m almost finished with this one and can’t wait to see if I’m right about how things turn out.

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A Praying LIfe by Paul E. Miller – I didn’t read much on this one this week (too caught up in the adventures of the children above from Little Tonks. I am finding much to think about as I read, so I’m not too disappointed to take it slowly. After finishing the section on praying like a little child, I’m just starting to read about learning to trust (otherwise known as overcoming cynicism).

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Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan – As my daughter has been battlng sickness this year, she has asked me to read her bedtime stories again. Rather that recycling throuh the few picture books we saved, I’m reading her some of my favorites that I think she will like.  hope she enjoys this one as much as I am enjoying reading it to her. I love Willow and the people she surrounds herself with

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I received two books at the end of the week that I plan on reading (or at least starting) in addition to the ones I’m in the middle of.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles Happen edited by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark – My daughter gave me this book for Mother’s Day along with some chocolate. She does know me well.

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One to the Wolves: A Desperate Mother on the Trail of a Killer by Lois Duncan – On her Facebook page Lois Duncan asked if anyone print reviewers or bloggers would be willing to review her book. She graciously sent me a review copy that came in today’s mail.

What have you been reading this week?

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

imageIt’s Monday! What are you reading? Is a meme sponsored by Sheila at Book Journey.  Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Mentor 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.

 

 

I did it! I wrote a poem for every day in April to take part in Mary Lee’s PO-EMotion challenge over at A Year of Reading. Some days I struggled–and some poems were better than others–but I loved the community that developed with the poets who took part and the opportunity to stretch my own poetry muscles. I linked the last few poems for the month of April below. Now I’m ready to catch up on some book reviews on the blog. I’ve read some good books that I want to share! We also enjoyed sending my daughter to prom this past weekend. She looked beautiful, but I can’t believe my little girl is growing up so fast.

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The Niching Nest by Tad Hargrave – I love the concept of marketing for hippies–two ideas that seem to be at odds, but just maybe they can come together. I did like the approach to seeing your niche as your role in the community as opposed to just a way to market goods or services. It is a much more holistic way of looking at life and work together–neither one is enough by itself, but it can be hard to keep them in balance.

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Double Crossed: A Spies and Thieves Novel by Ally Carter – What happens when a top teenage spy runs into a master art thief at a society ball? If Ally Carter is in charge of writing the story, it’s sure to be filled with surprises and adventure. This novella provides a peek into the collision between two worlds–that of spies from the Gallagher Girls series and the thieves of Heist Society.

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What Have You Lost – edited by Naomi Shihab Nye – I loved reading a poem a day so much through April that I’m continuing the tradition. Some of the poems of loss that I read this week spoke to events happening currently. I can’t even begin to imagine the loss experienced by those families in Nepal and in Baltimore who had their lives upended in an instant. It makes the losses of my life pale in comparision.

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A Praying Life by Paul E. Miller – This book is giving me so much to think about. On the one hand, I want to tear through it to read what else Miller has to say, but I also want to slow down and think about the ideas. I have a feeling that this is a book I may turn back to more than once.

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Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter – This was the book I meant to download when I read Double Crossed. I don’t really want to start a career as an art thief–and I generally find thievery immoral–but I can’t help but love Kat Bishop and her “family” business. This time the job is personal since the mark is one of her own–and Kat is playing both sides of a well-thought out con. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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All Our Yesterdays by Christin Terril, narrated by Meredith Mitchell – Mowing season is here again, so I’ve loaded another audio book to listen to. I downloaded this one last summer from Sync YA, and had forgetten everything I might have heard about it. It can be a little disconcerting to listen to a new book with no clue as to what’s coming, but it does make me pay attention a little more. So far I am enjoying the time travel. Just like the characters, I am having to piece together the clues to figure out what is going on.

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I’m not sure what I will pick up once I finish the books I’m in. I like the surprise of letting books find me. I have plenty stacked around waiting for me to pick them up.

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April books read

I had quite a bit of variety in my ten books from April. It’s hard to choose a favorite. The Secret Garden has been a favorite for a long time, but I was just as blown away by Seabisucit and Wild Things and Marching Toward the Thunder. I could hardly go wrong this month.

33)  Dr. Seuss Goes to War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel by Richard H. Minear (Introduction by Art Spiegelman)

34) Seabiscuit by Lauren Hillenbrand – an amazing story of an amazing horse and an amazing story of those who worked with Seabiscuit

35) The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – the coming of spring invited me to enjoy this classic one more time

36) Making Sense of the Bible by Adam Hamilton – thoughtful and insightful look at understanding the Bible

37)  By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from The New York TImes Book Review edited by Pamela Paul – I loved this glimpse into the reading lives of a variety of writers

38) Audience Revolution by Danny Iny – something to think about.

39) Double Crossed: A Spies and Thieves Novel by Ally Carter – What happens when a top teenage spy runs into a master art thief at a society ball?

40) March Towards the Thunder by Joseph Bruchac – an excellent historical fiction set in the Civil War

41) The Niching Nest by Tad Hargrave – more business reading

42) Wild Things: Acts of Mishief in Children’s Literature by Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson and Peter Sieruta – a ravishing romp through children’s lit.

What have you read this month? What books are you looking forward to?

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 Mentor 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 am still keeping up with the PO-EMotion challenge sponsored by Mary Lee at A Year of Reading. I have enjoyed reading the poems that others have written and have stretched myself in writing a poem every day. I hope you enjoy some of the poems linked below.

It has been a week filled with ups and downs. We had an orchestra concert and piano recital, Academic Awards Banquet. In the middle were two trips to the hospital for tests and xrays for my daughter and me. Let’s just say I lost the fight with the avocado and knife. No permanent damage, but I’m currently typing with one hand. The other hand is auditioning for a role in The Mummy.

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March Toward the Thunder by Joseph Bruchac – another winning historical fiction novel with unforgettable characters. Louis Nollette, an Abenaki Indian/French Canadian joins the 69th Fighting Irish Brigade of the Union Army in 1864.

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What Have You Lost – edited by Naomi Shihab Nye – Each poem is a juicy morsel for me to chew on throughout the day. All of them are breathtaking with their language and imagery.

The Niching Nest by Tad Hargrave – more business reading

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A Praying Life by Paul E. Miller – I just started this one

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I’m hoping for a much less eventful week this week.

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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 Mentor 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 am still keeping up with the PO-EMotion challenge sponsored by Mary Lee at a Year of Reading. I have enjoyed reading the poems that others have written and have stretched myself in writing a poem every day. I hope you enjoy some of the poems linked below. I have enjoyed eating fresh spinach (that sprouted after surviving the winter) from the garden this week. We’ve planted more spinach, onions, broccoli and cauliflower to look forward to as spring continues to warm up.

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Audience Revolution by Danny Iny – Iny presents the case for a shift in doing business in the online marketplace. Rather than spending time and effort to develop a product or service that people may not even want, the new model says to build an audience first. Once you know your audience and develop a relationship with them, you can build your business around meeting their needs by offering those things people want and are willing to buy. I do like the focus of making your business about serving the needs of your audience and offering something of value to them.

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Wild Things: Acts of Mishief in Children’s Literature by Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson and Peter Sieruta – I expected to enjoy this romp through children’s literature based on reviews I had read before Christmas, and I was not disappointed. Reading it is like sitting down with a group of smart, funny friends who know the dirt on everyone in the business. Not only do they know fascinating trivia and scandalous stories, but they also have immense respect for the people–writers, illustrators and editors (maybe not all the celebrities)–who have contributed to children’s literature through the ages.

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What Have You Lost – edited by Naomi Shihab Nye – Each poem is a juicy morsel for me to chew on throughout the day. Some of the poems make me laugh in recognition, but most of them break my heart. All of them are breathtaking with their language and imagery.

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I will definitely continue to savor a poem every day. I’m not sure what else I will read. I will let serendipity guide my reading adverntures this week.

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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 Mentor 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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Keeping up with PO-EMotion poetry challenge has been harder than I expected. I have been inspired by the poems I read from the others participating, and I am pleased with some of my efforts. I definitely find myself paying attention to the smallest details of life more than usual. I’m glad the week coming up has more positive emotions. I hope you enjoy some of the poems linked below. We survived a rainy, stormy week and then enjoyed brilliant sun this weekend. I spent every minute I could outside. And this was a week when I finished several of the books I have been reading for awhile.

This week’s poetry posts:

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Seabiscuit by Lauren Hillenbrand – Now that I’m done, I’m trying to wait patiently while my daughter reads it, but she probably won’t get into it until after finals next month. I do want to see how the movie compares to the book. I have not been this excited about reading a horse story since fourth grade when I accidentally cheered out loud during silent reading time while reading one of the Black Stallion books. I caught myself wanting to cheer out lood for Seabiscuit more than once.

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Making Sense of the Bible by Adam Hamilton – This is another book I’m looking forward to sharing with my daughter. Even more than the thoughtful information shared, I appreciated Hamilton’s tone throughout the book. Hamilton explains the the scope of the Bible and the history of its writing with insight and warmth. It is not a dry, scholarly tome, but more like sitting over tea with a very smart friend. He states his opinions clearly and explains the thinking behind them, but respects fellow believers who draw different conclusions. In the second half of the book, Hamilton tackles many thorny questions about the Bible that too many people want to gloss over.

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The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – Spring arrived in southern Indiana this week, and I couldn’t help revisiting this classic. I can’t count the number of times I have reread this book, and I still enjoy discovering spring on the English moor with Mary Lennox and Dickon and Colin.

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By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from The New York TImes Book Review edited by Pamela Paul – I’m finally saying goodbye to this one. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting many writers and learning more about their reading habits and quirks. The last interviews this week were with Ann Patchett, Amy Tan, Bryan Cranston, Michael Connelly, Neil deGrasse Tyson, E.L. Doctorow, Chang-rae Lee, Gary Shteyngart and Rachel Kushner.

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What Have You Lost – edited by Naomi Shihab Nye – Each poem is a juicy morsel for me to chew on throughout the day. Some of the poems make me laugh in recognition, but most of them break my heart.

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The Audience Revolution by Danny Ino – This is another volume in my efforts to learn more about copywriting and marketing. I do like his emphasis on serving your audience and focusing on their needs as the foundation for a business.

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Wild Things: Acts of Mishief in Children’s Literature by Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson and Peter Sieruta – I have been looking forward to reading this one ever since I got it for Christmas. I am prepared to be entertained and even shocked. I hope it doesn’t disappoint. Now that I have finished By the Book, I can dive in.

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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 Mentor 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 had to laugh last week Rikki called me on my plan to stick with the books I am in the middle of. Of course, I was distracted by shiny new books–even old books I wanted to reread. I’m also enjoying National Poetry Month by taking part in Mary Lee’s PO-EMotion poetry challenge at A Year of Reading. You can check out the poems I’ve written so far with the links below.

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Dr. Seuss Goes to War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel by Richard H. Minear (Introduction by Art Spiegelman) – I dug this book out because my daughter is taking AP US History this year. They aren’t quite to World War II yet, but I thought she would enjoy flipping through the cartoons and sharing it with her class as they delve into the war. Of course, I got sucked back into it and had to reread it myself! Not only do many of the cartoons skewer their marks, but they also show seeds of Seuss’s later works such as Yertle the Turtle.

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By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from The New York TImes Book Review edited by Pamela Paul – I’m not sure where this question comes from, but it shows up in quite a few interviews: Do you ever read self-help? Any titles you recommend? Several authors repeat my favorite anwer–don’t all books help? Interviews this week Richard Dawkins, Sting, Andrew Solomon, Malcolm Gladwell, Scott Turow and Donna Tartt.

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Seabiscuit by Lauren Hillenbrand – I’m still enjoying it. Seabiscuit has had a run of bad luck lately, but he keeps on running. I love reading about how Tom Smith, the trainer, antagonized the press by hiding Seabiscuit’s workouts at strange times or unexpected places–and the reporters’ determination to learn anything about Seabiscuit they could report.

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Making Sense of the Bible by Adam Hamilton – I am finished with the first half of the book where Hamilton discusses his approach for reading the Bible in the context of its history, culture, and church tradition. I find that much of what he says makes a lot of sense. I’m looking forward to the next section where he tackles specific questions and issues–usually the ones that cause the most controversy. So far I’ve been impressed with the level tone he keeps. He writes with respect even when he disagrees with others.

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What Have You Lost – edited by Naomi Shihab Nye – In honor of National Poetry month, I decided to read a poem a day, so you can expect to see this collection for a while. With 140 poems by different poets–all about things lost–it will take longer than a month to read, but I love reading just one poem a day. I find myself turning back to the poem throughout the day and reading it multiple times.

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Once again, I will attempt to keep reading the books I’m in the middle of, but don’t be surprised to see me pick up something unexpected as well. I think I might finish By the Book this week (I may have to double up a day or two). I will hate to see it go, but I’m looking forward the the Wild Things book I have to read next.

What have you read this week? Do you have anything to recommend?

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March books read

22) Departed Glory by Peter Danielson – Saul rises up to unite the Israelites and drive out the Philistines. By his side is Eri, a Child of the Lion.

23) The Death of Kings by Peter Danielson – As Saul’s madness overtakes him, David rises in glory. Urnan and Eri find their loyalties divided.

24) The Shining King by Peter Danielson – David retreats to Judah while Urnan and Eri and Sunu try to bring together the warring Israelites.

25) The Triumph of the Lion by Peter Danielson – a satisfying ending to the series.

26) Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool – a haunting tale of a mythic quest for two or more boys to find their way home again

27) In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz – a hilariously gruesome take on Jack and Jill as they travel through various twisted fairy taies

28) Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor – thought-provoking

29) Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott – just as funny and as wise as the first time I read it

30) Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino a delightful reread

31) Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor – much to think about

32) Dr. Seuss Goes to War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel by Richard H. Minear (Introduction by Art Spiegelman)

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