Monthly Archives: July 2013

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (46)

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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 at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee & Ricki at Unleashing Readers added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

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

The last week I read:

MG/YA Books

Heaven Is Paved with Oreos  45 Pounds (More or Less)  Sold

Story of a Girl  Want to Go Private?

Graphic Novels

Amulet, Vol. 2: The Stonekeeper's Curse (Amulet, #2)  Page by Paige

Audiobooks

Insignia (Insignia, #1)

This week I plan to read/continue:

MG/YA Books

  Odd Squad,The Bully Bait  SYLO (The SYLO Chronicles, #1)

Books of Tweens Read authors

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard  Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, #1)  Entwined

Graphic Novel

Amulet, Vol. 3: The Cloud Searchers (Amulet, #3)

Audiobook

The Raven Boys

I started The Raven Boys after finishing Insignia yesterday, but again, I won’t be spending much time in the car, so this one will probably take a while to listen to.

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I can’t wait for this week of reading! What about you?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (45)

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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 at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee & Ricki at Unleashing Readers added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

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

The last 2 weeks I read:

MG/YA Books

Living with Jackie Chan  Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)  Jessica Darling's It List #1: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness & Perfection

The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield  The Distance Between Us  Speechless

Jo Knowles has secured her status on my list of favorite authors. She has a knack for writing stories and characters that touch people. Living With Jackie Chan is the companion to Jumping Off Swings, a book about a teen pregnancy and one of the most popular books in my classroom. In Jumping Off Swings, Josh gets Ellie pregnant after a one night stand. We hear from Josh (it’s told in alternating points of view from Ellie, Josh, and their two best friends, Corrine and Caleb), but the story is truly Ellie’s story. Living With Jackie Chan is purely Josh’s story of how he is dealing with everything after. If you’re a jr high/high school teacher, Jumping Off Swings is a book that NEEDS to be in your classroom library, and you need to add Living With Jackie Chan when it releases in September.

Also on my favorite author list, Leigh Bardugo. Her Grisha series is soooooo good!! Alina is so tortured. The Darkling is so creepy. Mal is so loyal. Agh! My heart! I cannot wait to see how this series ends in Ruin and Rising, and I really want to check out the mini-novellas The Witch of Duva, The Tailor, and The Too-Clever Fox. Even though I’ve only read like ONE mini-novella, I really love when authors take the time to do this and add that other dimension to their series.

Jessica Darling’s It List #1: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness & Perfection is the middle-grade prequel series for the Jessica Darling series, and shows how high school Jessica became who she is. I haven’t read any of the original Jessica Darling series, but this book was SO. CUTE. that I want to read the rest of the prequel series then move on to the Jessica Darling books. (Read ARC for Tweens Read Festival)

Another Tweens Read read was The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield. This book tells the story of Alexander, the last of the bad Baddenfield family, and his 9 deaths after having his cat’s lives transplanted into him. This was a cute read, and I think it would be perfect for 4th-6th graders.

I loved Kasie West’s Pivot Point, and (though a completely different genre) I equally loved The Distance Between Us. Kasie West is definitely on my auto-buy list…I just love her style and her characters! The Distance Between Us was a great contemporary with a cute guy and sarcastic girl. I can’t wait to meet her at Blue Willow Bookshop in August!

I bought Speechless in December with a Christmas B&N gift card, book talked it in January when we came back from break, and saw it snatched up in 1st period. It made the round through about 3 or 4 students and was returned to the shelf in the back of a basket. I honestly had forgotten about it until an “end of year inventory” project with my homeroom. We added it to the inventory list, and I added it to my summer TBR. After reading this book, it will NOT be lost in the back of basket again. This book is powerful, and it could definitely foster some great conversations in the classroom.

Graphic Novels

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong  Cardboard

Two great graphic novels this week. My students already love Cardboard, but Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong was an addition late in the school year, so I can’t wait for this one to make the rounds this coming year!

This week I plan to read/continue:

MG/YA Books

Heaven Is Paved with Oreos  Odd Squad,The Bully Bait  45 Pounds (More or Less)

 Sold  October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard

The first two are for Tweens Read.
45 Pounds is from Netgalley
The last two are for the fun teacher’s YALit class I’m doing this summer. Check it out!

Graphic Novel

Amulet, Vol. 2: The Stonekeeper's Curse (Amulet, #2)

Audiobook

Insignia

Since I’m not spending as much time in the car, it’s been difficult to listen to much of Insignia lately. I can’t wait to see how it ends!

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I can’t wait for this week of reading! What about you?

Waiting on Wednesday (33) — The Shade of the Moon

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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…

The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer

The Shade of the Moon (The Last Survivors, #4)

It’s been more than two years since Jon Evans and his family left Pennsylvania, hoping to find a safe place to live, yet Jon remains haunted by the deaths of those he loved. His prowess on a soccer field has guaranteed him a home in a well-protected enclave. But Jon is painfully aware that a missed goal, a careless word, even falling in love, can put his life and the lives of his mother, his sister Miranda, and her husband, Alex, in jeopardy. Can Jon risk doing what is right in a world gone so terribly wrong? (Goodreads summary)

The Last Survivors series is a popular post-apocalyptic series in my classroom, and I know I will be adding book 4 to my classroom library. I read the first book (Life As We Knew It) last summer, and it was checked out quite a bit this year. Many of my students didn’t want to read Ashfall because it was “too big,” but many wanted more post-apocalyptic journeys and moved on to that after reading this series. I don’t have the 3rd book, so I’ll have to pick that one up too!

Releases: August 13, 2013

Books 1, 2, and 3 in the series:

Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)  The Dead and the Gone (Last Survivors, #2)  This World We Live In (Last Survivors, #3)

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (44)

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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 at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee & Ricki at Unleashing Readers added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

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

Last week I read:

MG/YA Books

Spell Bound (Hex Hall, #3)  Counting by 7s  Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)

Spell Bound was a satisfying conclusion to the Hex Hall series. I still think that my favorite book of the series was the first one. Rachel Hawkins released the first book in a spin-off series, called School Spirits, that follow Izzy, a character introduced in Spell Bound. I will definitely read this series because I do enjoy Hawkins’ light/funny style of writing.

This year I am helping plan a local book festival for 5th through 8th graders called Tweens Read. As authors commit, the chairperson receives ARCs of the books they are prompting so that we can read them and prepare for panels. So when I saw that Holly Goldberg Sloan had committed and our chairperson had a copy of Counting By 7s, I emailed immediately that I wanted to read it! Lucky people who had read advanced copies of Counting By 7s have been singing its praises on Twitter for weeks, and I knew that it would be a treat. The first part of the Goodreads summary says, “In the tradition of Out of My Mind, Wonder, and Mockingbird, this is an intensely moving middle grade novel about being an outsider, coping with loss, and discovering the true meaning of family,” and I think that is a fitting description.

Another book I was lucky enough to read early was Crown of Midnight. *flails and fangirls* Ohmygosh y’all…I just can’t even. It was so great, and my friend and coworker drove to my house to pick it up and read immediately after I texted her that I finished. If you haven’t read Throne of Glass, do so immediately! I have to spend a special thanks to Jen Ansbach for picking the book up for me while she was at BEA!!

Audio Book

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1)

Thanks to this audio book, I was able to stay awake during my legs of driving during our Texas -> Arizona road trip! The narrator had a very distinct voice, and did a good job of distinguishing characters. The story itself was entertaining, and I’m curious to see where the second book leads!

This week I plan to read/continue:

The Distance Between Us  Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)

Insignia

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I can’t wait for this week of reading! What about you?