Monthly Archives: August 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (14)

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Waiting on Wednesday in a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that lets us gush over books we just can’t WAIT to get our hands on!

I can’t wait for…

Outpost (Razorland, #2)

Deuce’s whole world has changed. Down below, she was considered an adult. Now, topside in a town called Salvation, she’s a brat in need of training in the eyes of the townsfolk. She doesn’t fit in with the other girls: Deuce only knows how to fight.

To make matters worse, her Hunter partner, Fade, keeps Deuce at a distance. Her feelings for Fade haven’t changed, but he seems not to want her around anymore. Confused and lonely, she starts looking for a way out.

Deuce signs up to serve in the summer patrols—those who make sure the planters can work the fields without danger. It should be routine, but things have been changing on the surface, just as they did below ground. The Freaks have grown smarter. They’re watching. Waiting. Planning. The monsters don’t intend to let Salvation survive, and it may take a girl like Deuce to turn back the tide. (Goodreads summary)

I had the opportunity to read an ARC of this book that Kathy from The Brain Lair loaned to me. It was so fabulous! If you haven’t read Enclave (book 1 of this series), go do it NOW before Outpost comes out. I need to get a copy of Enclave and Outpost for my classroom library.

Also, if you haven’t had a chance to check out the YA Release Calendar I put together with some friends, be sure to check it out! It’s located in the bar at the top of the blog!

Release date: August 28, 2012

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Top 10 Tuesday (9) – 10 Bookish Confessions

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This is a weekly meme hosted by the good folks at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is…

Top Ten Bookish Confessions

  1. I have never read a single Twilight book or watched a single Twilight movie. Some might consider this a success, others a tragedy. Either way, vampires just aren’t my thing…so I haven’t gotten around to it. Maybe one day.
  2. I do not own all of the Harry Potter books. When I read the series, my husband had some and I borrowed the rest from my library at school. Now that my oldest is at perfect HP reading age, I need to buy the rest of the books!
  3. I almost ALWAYS owe a fine at the library. Between my books and the kids’ books, there always ends up being at least one book that ends up being left behind for whatever reason.
  4. I am super duper sad that I don’t still have my collection of Baby-Sitter’s Club books to pass down to my daughter. I had a TON, but they were all ruined. I hope she finds a series to love like I loved BSC!
  5. Sometimes I just can’t help myself from butting in and suggesting books to people while I’m at the bookstore. When they’re just wandering aimlessly around such great books, how can I resist?!
  6. I have to read the book summary before I read a book, and I hate it when books don’t have a summary! I won’t even check it out if there’s no summary. I like to have some idea of what I’m getting in to!
  7. I’ve seen all of the Lord of the Rings movies, but never read the books.

Hmm, I can  only come up with 7 right now. Guess I don’t have too many “bad” bookish habits!

Waiting on Wednesday (13)

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Waiting on Wednesday in a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that lets us gush over books we just can’t WAIT to get our hands on!

I can’t wait for…

If I Lie

A powerful debut novel about the gray space between truth and perception.

Quinn’s done the unthinkable: she kissed a guy who is not Carey, her boyfriend. And she got caught. Being branded a cheater would be bad enough, but Quinn is deemed a traitor, and shunned by all of her friends. Because Carey’s not just any guy—he’s serving in Afghanistan and revered by everyone in their small, military town.

Quinn could clear her name, but that would mean revealing secrets that she’s vowed to keep—secrets that aren’t hers to share. And when Carey goes MIA, Quinn must decide how far she’ll go to protect her boyfriend…and her promise. (Goodreads summary)

This sounds like a fabulous new contemporary novel. The summary leaves me with so many question, I can’t wait to read it! Who did she kiss? Why is she protecting her boyfriend? What is she protecting? What did she promise? All the questions!

Also, if you haven’t had a chance to check out the YA Release Calendar I put together with some friends, be sure to check it out! It’s located in the bar at the top of the blog!

Release date: August 28, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday (8) – 10 Favorite Books Through the Life of My Blog

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This is a weekly meme hosted by the good folks at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is…

Top Ten Favorite Books You’ve Read During The Lifespan Of Your Blog 

Wow, it is reeeeeally hard to narrow my favorites down, and I’ve only been blogging since January! I can’t imagine how difficult this was for those of you who have been blogging for years! I have 13 titles (technically 15, agh!), and I can’t get rid of any more. I loved all of these books for different reasons.

           The Fault in Our Stars Between Shades Of Gray Where She Went (If I Stay, #2) Pandemonium (Delirium, #2) Leverage Wonder From What I Remember...

  1. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green — Such a wonderful and heartbreaking story. Pretty sure the last quarter of the book is peppered with tear stains. I loved this one because it made me feel all the emotions.
  2. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys — This book is the haunting story of Lithuanians under Stalin’s rule during World War 2. I’m using the beginning of this book as an example of a great lead with my students. I loved this one because it gave us a look at a group of people often overlooked in the Holocaust talk.
  3. Where She Went by Gayle Forman — This was an amazing sequel to If I Stay, which I read last fall. My heart just broke for Adam in this story. I loved this one because it gave such a real look at how life can affect one’s a relationship and how a relationship can affect one’s life.
  4. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver — Oh, that ending!! After my students left for the day, I had to open the book and keep reading because I had gotten to THAT POINT…you know, that point where you know you can’t do anything else until you finish. I loved this one because I have no idea what will happen in book 3!
  5. Leverage by Joshua Cohen — Everytime I think about this book, my stomach rolls. I loved this book because it was gritty, laying everything bare.
  6. Wonder by R.J. Palacio — Auggie is one of my favorite characters ever. He is inspiring. He is strong. He is funny, smart, and endearing. “I didn’t destroy a Death Star or anything like that, but I did just get through the fifth grade. And that’s not easy, even if you’re not me.” I loved this one because everyone should choose kind.
  7. From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer — Who wouldn’t love a fun teen version of “The Hangover” told from alternating points of view? I loved this one because it was such a light, fun read that had me laughing and crying.
  8. Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin — Kelsey is such a lovable character. There is no way that I could have made it though her year without hiding out in my room! Here is my review. I loved this one because it was a hilarious look at the life of a high school freshman whose year doesn’t quite meet her expectations.
  9. Boy21 by Matthew Quick — I can’t wait to book talk Boy21 to my students this upcoming year. It has a great mix of basketball and relationships. Here is my review. I loved this one because Finley is a character that you root for. You want him to succeed in his relationship, basketball, and his “project” with Boy21.
  10. Enclave and Outpost by Ann Aguirre — I read Enclave this summer and was lucky enough to be able to borrow the ARC of Outpost from Kathy at The Brain Lair. I loved these because the narrator is a strong heroine who experiences growth throughout the series.
  11. Legend and Prodigy by Marie Lu — It’s well established that I love books from alternating POV, and this series is such a great example of how alternating the POV enhances the story. I loved this book because I truly care about the characters and want them to show the Republic what. is. up!
  12. Ashfall by Mike Mullin — If there is a huge natural disaster that disrupts my world and my life…I just hope that I can survive like Alex and Darla. Here is my review. I loved this one because it was such a harrowing, realistic view of what post-apocalyptic life might be like.
  13. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson — I used to think I wasn’t really a fan of high fantasy, but books like Graceling and The Girl of Fire and Thorns really cause me to rethink this! Here is my review. I loved this book because Elisa wasn’t a strong, perfect heroine from page one, but someone who had to grow into her power and strength throughout the book.

Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters Boy21 Enclave (Razorland, #1) Outpost (Razorland, #2) Legend (Legend, #1) Prodigy (Legend, #2) Ashfall (Ashfall, #1) The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)

Waiting on Wednesday (12) – Defiance

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Waiting on Wednesday in a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that lets us gush over books we just can’t WAIT to get our hands on!

I can’t wait for…

Defiance (Defiance, #1)

Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making. (Goodreads summary)

Adventure. Romance. Mystery. How can you not want to read this book?! I guess the only problem is that this is yet another series that I’m going to become wrapped up in 😉

Also, if you haven’t had a chance to check out the YA Release Calendar I put together with some friends, be sure to check it out! It’s located in the bar at the top of the blog!

Release date: August 28, 2012

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (14)

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys where you can recap what you’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

Clicking the covers will take you to the Goodreads page for that book, where you can add it to your “To Read” list!

Last week I read

Now that summer is waning away, I’ve been focusing on reading professional texts and planning for school rather than reading for pleasure. However, I did get some good books read!

YA/MG

                                                       In A Glass Grimmly (A Tale Dark & Grimm #2)  Prodigy (Legend, #2)

In a Glass Grimmly was another fun read from Adam Gidwitz. Prodigy was just OMG. There was emotion, mystery, heartbreak, action…everything that you could want! I read both of these ARCs thanks to Jillian Heise and her generous ARC Tours for her Twitter friends! Thanks Jillian!

Graphic Novels

Out from Boneville (Bone, #1)

This was the first time I’ve read Bone, and I love it! I’ve had these in my classroom library all year, but they weren’t read much. I had a bunch of my boys latch on to the Amulet series this past year, and I can’t wait to book talk Bone and build up some excitement about the series.

This week I’ll start/continue reading:

Graphic Novel

The Great Cow Race (Bone, #2)

MG/YA

                                                        Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2)  The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)

I’ve had Fever checked out from the library for a couple of weeks (don’t worry, I’ve renewed it so I don’t get a fine ;)), and I just can’t get into it. I need to finish it up this week.

I checked out the e-book of The Knife of Never Letting Go from my library a couple of weeks ago. The only bad thing about borrowing e-books is that you can’t recheck them! My time was up before I was finished with the book, so I went and checked out the physical copy of the book. I’ll be finishing this one this week.

Professional

Thinking Through Genre: Units of Study in Reading and Writing Workshops Grades 4-12

I am LOVING this book. I have been wanting to do genre studies in my class — reading and writing within the same genre — and this is exactly the book that I needed to help me think through what I need to do. With my planning, I’m trying to combine my learning from Notebook Know-How and Ten Things Every Writer Needs To Know, and I am really excited about the learning that will take place in my class this year!

What about you? What are YOU reading this week?

Waiting on Wednesday (11)

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Waiting on Wednesday in a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that lets us gush over books we just can’t WAIT to get our hands on!

I can’t wait for…

Stealing Parker

Parker Shelton pretty much has the perfect life. She’s on her way to becoming valedictorian at Hundred Oaks High, she’s made the all-star softball team, and she has plenty of friends. Then her mother’s scandal rocks their small town and suddenly no one will talk to her.

Now Parker wants a new life.

So she quits softball. Drops twenty pounds. And she figures why kiss one guy when she can kiss three? Or four. Why limit herself to high school boys when the majorly cute new baseball coach seems especially flirty?

But how far is too far before she loses herself completely?

I have had Miranda Kenneally’s Catching Jordan on my TBR for quite a while, and people rave about how it’s a great contemporary read, so I can’t wait to see another great contemp to add to my collection!

Also, if you haven’t had a chance to check out the YA Release Calendar I put together with some friends, be sure to check it out! It’s located in the bar at the top of the blog!

Release date: October 1, 2012