Monthly Archives: December 2012

2012 Reading Year Review

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Overall I made it to 164 books read this year. My goal was 200, and I obviously didn’t quite reach that, but I am so proud of how many books I read! Here are my lists of books that I finished during 2012.

 

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Reading Challenges for 2013

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I can’t believe that 2012 has flown by and 2013 is now upon us! To start off the new year, here are the reading challenges I’m participating in during 2013!

NerdPrintz Challenge

I am continuing the NerdPrintz challenge that Kathy at The Brain Lair put together last year around this time. Many members of the Nerdy Book Club were talking about challenging themselves to read Caldecott and Newberry titles (over multiple years), so a couple of us got together to challenge ourselves to read the Printz award winners and honor books. I did terrible on this challenge this year, only reading 10 book from the 50+ on the list. My goal is to read at least 2 each month this year. If you’re interested in joining in, you can add the books from my Goodreads shelf. I also made this poster (part 1 and 2) to track my progress as I read.

Dystopia Challenge

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I loved participating in the 2012 Dystopia Challenge, and I can’t wait to start the Dystopia 2013 hosted by Bookish Ardour. My goal is to complete the “Contagion” level, which consists of reading and reviewing 15 dystopian/post-apocalyptic books. The do well with the reading, not so well with the reviewing, so that’s a goal of mine this year. For a look at what I plan to read for this challenge, check out my 2013 Challenges page!

Debut Author Challenge

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I read some great debut authors by participating in DAC2012, including Personal Effects, Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters, What Happens Next?, and The Forsaken.  I can’t wait to get started on the Debut Author Challenge (DAC) for 2013 hosted by The Hobbitsies. I plan to read and review 12 debut MG/YA novels before December 31, 2013. For a look at what I plan to read for this challenge, check out my 2013 Challenges page! (Also, The Hobbitsies have the most gorgeous blog! I love it!)

Off the Shelf Challenge

off-the-shelf-2013-badgeAt first, I wasn’t going to sign up for this challenge, but I figured that if I’m going to make a point to read books on my TBR list anyway (which I am), then I might as well participate in the challenge! Off the Shelf is also hosted by Bookish Ardor. Most of the Printz books I will be reading will count toward this challenge, but there are plenty of books published in 2012 (or earlier) that I didn’t get to and still want to read. Once again, the books I plan to read for this challenge are listed on my 2013 Challenges page.

I can’t wait to connect with participants in these challenges! What are your challenges for 2013?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (22)

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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!

Recently I’ve read:

Picture Books

I Want My Hat Back  Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs  Kel Gilligan's Daredevil Stunt Show

I finally read I Want My Hat Back…and I was a little disappointed. I guess since it was so hyped on Twitter with some of my friends I expected a little more. It was actually a little disturbing!

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs was cute in typical Mo Willems fashion. The girl reminds me of Trixie from Knuffle Bunny.

I really thought Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show was super cute. I loved the illustrations. It’s fun to remember being a kid and how the most mundane things (eating broccoli, putting on clothes alone, getting in the bathtub) can seem MONUMENTAL.

MG/YA

Crash (Visions, #1)  Someone Like You  The First Part Last  Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

Crash comes out in January, and it’s another fabulous book by Lisa McMann! I love the family dynamic between the siblings in this story. You can tell that they really look out for and care about each other. Poor Jules is in a pretty lose/lose situation with her vision! I can’t wait for book 2! (Thanks to the pubs at Simon&Schuster and Lisa McMann for providing and signing free copies at NCTE!)

I love following Sarah Dessen on twitter (@sarahdessen), and I know that she’s a fabulous author, but I”ve only read one of her books (Just Listen). I’m making it a goal to read more of her books because I need to be able to recommend specific book to some of my students. There were some things that I thought were too easy/predictable in Someone Like You, but I already have a student in mind who will be able to relate to this story.

My students absolutely love The First Part Last. I have a couple of students–girls and boys–who are parents, and they can really relate to the story of  Bobby and Nia. I’ve been wanting to read it for a while, so I snagged it when it was checked in right before break. I can check one off of my NerdPrintz challenge as well!

I loved the dares and notes written back and forth in Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares more than I loved the actual characters of Dash and Lily. While I still loved the story, I don’t think this is one that I will recommend to many of my students due to the fact that there are Big Words in this book. However, my husband picked it up while we were traveling this weekend, and he was intrigued by the story as well. I read it to him while he drove, and he’s reading it on the couch as I type this now!

This week I’ll start/continue reading:

So according to Goodreads, I am still (as of 12/31/2012) 41 books behind my reading goal. I blame my lack of Caldecott reading. When I set the goal in January, I envisioned myself reading more for Caldecott than I actually did. Boo me. So I have a lot of picture book reading to do today in order to meet my goal!

Here is my Christmas Break Bookstack again. I’m thinking I need to read Ask the Passengers, How To Save A Life, and Mexican Whiteboy first. Do you have any other votes?

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Audio Book

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

I thought I would have more time to listen to this than I actually did this week. Can you believe my family didn’t want to listen while driving?! The audacity! So. Still listening!

What about you? What are YOU reading this week?

BookFlix Friday (4) – Under the Never Sky

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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.

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1) Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered. This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland – known as The Death Shop – are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild – a savage – and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile – everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky. (summary from Goodreads)

I saw Veronica Rossi at my local indie, Blue Willow Books in February-ish of 2012. I bought her book, got a photo…and then just haven’t read it. I’ve booktalked it, recommended it, and checked it out to students and colleagues who have loved it. I just haven’t read it yet. I think (honestly) that I’m intimidated by the sci-fi factor…which is probably the same reason I haven’t read Across the Universe.

However! I said all that to say this: I want to read Under the Never Sky, and my plan is to read it before the end of January. My friend who teaches biology is reading it over the break, so I might get her to book talk it to our freshmen, then I can follow up with this awesome, action-packed trailer!

 

I love how there is so much action in the trailer. I think it might draw the attention of some of the guys just as much as the girls.

Are there any books that you’ve had forever and haven’t read for whatever reason? I hope I’m not alone in this!

Top 10 Tuesday – Fictional Crushes (17)

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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…

Fictional Crushes

Since this week is a freebie, I decided to do a past top 10 that I didn’t have to chance to participate in. Here is my list of my book boyfriends, in no particular order.

Anna and the French Kiss  The Fault in Our Stars  The Hunger Games  Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)  Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Étienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss
Augustus Waters from The Fault In Our Stars
Gale from The Hunger Games
Kenji from Unravel Me
Four from Divergent
Po from Graceling
Hale from Heist Society
Adam from Where She Went
Prince Brigan from Fire
Rusty from In Honor

Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)  Heist Society (Heist Society, #1)  Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)  Fire (Graceling Realm, #2)  In Honor

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (21)

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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!

Recently I’ve read:

MG/YA

Shadowlands

Shadowlands left me with tons of questions! I gave it to a colleague and told her to read it over Christmas break because I NEED someone to talk to about this one!

Graphic Novels

Friends with Boys The Dodgeball Chronicles (Knights of the Lunch Table, #1)  Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography

All three of these graphic novels were great for different reasons. Meeting Faith Erin Hicks at NCTE gave an insight into Friends With Boys and made me appreciate it even more than I would have. She shared that the buildings were all based off of places from her hometown in Canada. I do have to agree with my friend Sherry and her wondering of what purpose the ghost served in the book?

Knights of the Lunch Table was such a fun read, and I loved the allusions to King Arthur! This is one I brought home from the library so that my son could read it. Now I want to read the other two books in the series.

I absolutely loved learning more about Anne Frank’s story through this graphic novel biography. I’ve only read Anne Frank’s diary, and this is the perfect companion to that so that a reader has more background information on the Franks and what was going on for Jewish people like them before and during the war.

This week I’ll start/continue reading:

MG/YA

Since I’m off work for Christmas break, I brought home a taaaall bookstack to read during the break. I don’t have any rhyme or reason as far as what I’m going to read when, so I’ll just leave you with a picture of my stack!

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Audio Book

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Still listening to and loving this audio!

What about you? What are YOU reading this week?

BookFlix Friday (3) – Please Ignore Vera Dietz

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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.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Please Ignore Vera Dietz Vera’s spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she’s kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything.

So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want to?

Edgy and gripping, Please Ignore Vera Dietz is an unforgettable novel: smart, funny, dramatic, and always surprising. (summary from Goodreads)

This was a Printz Award Honor Book in 2011, and I’m planning to read it for the #NerdPrintz challenge. I’ve heard great things about it, so I’m looking forward to reading it.

I like the style and imaging of this book trailer, but it. is. really. fast. I could barely keep up with what was being said! What did you think?