Monthly Archives: November 2012

BookFlix Friday Trailer (1) – Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters


BookFlix Friday is a meme started by David Etkin of {Eat the Book} where we post book trailers that we plan to share with our students to get them reading.

Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters was one of my favorite reads this year. It’s one of the few book I have reviewed so far. I absolutely love the protagonist, Kelsey, and I can’t wait to see what meredith Zeitlin will write next!

When you watch the trailer before reading the book, you wonder, “What is with all of that STUFF??” When you watch the trailer again after reading the book, you recognize that everything placed in the locker has a meaning behind it in the book. I love how it both sparks interest in the book and provides support for what you’ve already read.

I am using this trailer as my first BookFlix Friday trailer because it is one of a loooonnnnng list of requests I turned in for my librarian to order on Monday. Hopefully I’ll get my own copy soon, because this is one that is sure to be a hit in your classroom.



Waiting on Wednesday (17)


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…

Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, #2)

It’s been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don’t take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe’s precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.

Threatened by false friends, hidden enemies, and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and dystopian elements to create a captivating love story as perilous as it is unforgettable. (Goodreads Summary)

Release date: January 8, 2013

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (17)


  Mon Reading Button PB to YA

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.

Wow, you guys! This school year started, and I feel like I’ve barely had time to come up for air! I’m envious of you bloggers that make balancing work/family/blogging  look so easy. I’ve neglected my blog so that I could focus “free” time on family, but I wanted to pop and and share some of what I’ve been reading.

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

Recently I’ve read

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Found (The Missing, #1)  Sent (The Missing, #2)  The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns, #2)  The Elite (The Selection, #2)

I was lucky enough to pick up Drama and an ARC of The Elite while at NCTE/ALAN November 15th – 20th. Drama was fabulous, and my students have already grabbed it up! The Elite was a typical second-in-a-series novel…nothing TOO exciting happened, but things are set up nicely for a great book 3.

I finished The Crown of Embers while on the plane to NCTE, and it was beautifully written. I originally saw Rae Carson at Austin Teen Book Fest earlier this year, and she seemed so down to earth and real. I got to see her again at NCTE, and she  was just as cool!

My son, J1, and I have both finished book 2 of the Found series, and we’re both taking a break for a bit to read other things. He said that we’ll start book 3 in January. It’s so fun having books to read (separately) together now that he’s getting bigger!

This week I’ll start/continue reading:


                                                         Mexican WhiteBoy  Personal Effects

I was privileged to hear Matt de la Pena speak for the first time while at NCTE and ALAN, and his message is so inspiring. One of my students is finishing up a book, and I’m holding Mexican Whiteboy for him. I’m just hoping I have a chance to read it before he gets it; I’m sure I won’t see it again for a while if not!

What about you? What are YOU reading this week?

I promise I’ll be back next week 😉

Waiting on Wednesday (16)


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…

Middle Ground (Awaken, #2)

In this provocative cautionary tale for teens, the sequel to Awaken, seventeen-year-old Maddie’s rebellion against the digital-only life grows dangerous. Maddie is in Los Angeles, trying to stay out of trouble. But one night, a seemingly small act of defiance lands her in the place she fears the most: a detention center. Here, patients are reprogrammed to accept a digital existence. Maddie is now fighting for her mind, her soul, and her very life. Once again, Katie Kacvinsky paints a disturbing picture of our increasingly technology-based society. (Goodreads summary)

I still haven’t read Awaken, but this whole series looks so intriguing to me.

Release date: November 20, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (16)


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…

Meant to Be

Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question.

It’s one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she’s queen of following rules and being prepared. That’s why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that’s also why she’s chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB (“meant to be”).

But this spring break, Julia’s rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she’s partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.

Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be. (Goodreads summary)

This looks like a fun contemporary romance.

Release date: November 13, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday (13)


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

November 6: Top Ten Tuesday Freebie! Your time to pick whatever topic you’d like!

This week my topic is:

Top Ten Twitter Friends I Can’t Wait to Meet at NCTE12!
also some of my favorite book bloggers
(In no particular order) 

Sherry: @LibraryFanatic | The Library Fanatic

Sarah: @yaloveblog |  YA Love

Jillian: @heisereads | Heise Reads & Recommends

Beth: @FoodieBooklvr | A Foodie Bibliophile in Wanderlust

Kellee: @kelleemoye | Teach Mentor Texts

Jen: @mentortexts | Teach Mentor Texts

Donalyn: @donalynbooks

Brian: @brianwyzlic | Wyz Reads

Katherine: @katsok | Read, Write, Reflect

Niki: @nikiohsbarnes

Mindi: @mindi_r | Next Best Book