Top 10 Tuesday (34) — 2014 Debuts

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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 2014 Debuts I’m Excited For

Texas Authors

The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex, #1)  Side Effects May Vary  The Truth About Alice  Wish You Were Italian

As a Texas girl, I cannot wait to read these debuts by Texas authors! I have met Julie, Jennifer, and Kristin, and they were all so nice. I actually have ARCs of Side Effects May Vary and The Truth About Alice that I begged for at NCTE, but my students have them and are reading them. I’m still so sad that I didn’t get The Murder Complex while I was there! You definitely want to add these titles to your debut author TBR.

Mysteries

Dear Killer  No One Else Can Have You  Nearly Gone  Pointe

I’m not a big mystery reader, but I’m trying to fill that reading gap. All of these stories sound absolutely amazing! I used to be a ballerina, so Pointe sounds interesting to me from that perspective. I was lucky enough to get ARCs of Dear Killer and No One Else Can Have you at NCTE, and both are VERY popular with my students so far!

Contemporaries

Open Road Summer  The Break-Up Artist  Summer on the Short Bus  Something Real  The Promise of Amazing

The summary of Summer on the Short Bus sounds like it could pair nicely with 52 Reasons To Hate My Father. It’ll be interesting to see how the Wren in The Promise of Amazing has a different journey than Wren in The Infinite Moment of Us. For some reason, I’ve been drawn to contemporaries more than other genres lately, and I can’t wait to read some of these contemporaries from debut authors.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (52)

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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

Fault Line  Openly Straight

Fault Line: A heart-wrenching view of rape from the point of view of the boyfriend of the girl who was raped. This book will spark some series discussions among people who read it. I’m eager to read more of Christa Desir’s writing.

Openly Straight: Everyone has a label that defines them, and Rafe felt like the label of being “gay” defined him above all else. This was such a great story about identity and self-awareness.

Audiobook

Across the Universe (Across the Universe #1)

Across the Universe: I enjoyed the story, but I did not care for the audio. The narrators were not very good with varying voices, and it annoyed me the whole time that Amy’s voice was kinda harsh, but when Elder’s narrator was reading his chapter and had to speak for her, he did this stereotypical high girly voice. If I continue this series, I will read rather than listen.

This week I plan to read/continue:

MG/YA Books

Tiger Lily  Perfect Lies (Mind Games, #2)  Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry, #2)

Audiobook

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom: Started this last week, and I’m loving it so far! The character’s voices are awesome.

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

Top 10 Tuesday (33) — Bookish Goals

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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…

Bookish Goals for 2014

  1. Finish Amulet graphic novel series. I know I said this last year, and it didn’t happen…but THIS year it will! I know that it will have to be during the summer because my students constantly have these books checked out from my classroom.
  2. Keep up with It’s Monday! What Are You Reading posts EVERY week. I usually get at least this post done, but I’ve been neglecting my blog even on that aspect lately. No more! Which leads nicely into my next goal…
  3. Post at least one review per week. At least 2 during the summer.
  4. Post a “Books Around the Room” post each week with snippets from students. I use this hashtag sometimes on Twitter, and it’s always fun to see what other students are reading in other classrooms. I think it would be fun to use snippets from conferences and reader responses to elaborate a little on what my students are reading.
  5. Read with my kids as much as possible. My Goodreads goal this year is 214 books because I’m going to count the picture books that I read with my children. In the past, I have only counted the novels that I’ve read, but I really need to work on making it more of a habit to record what my kids and I read together.
  6. Finish the Contagion level of the Dystopia 2014 challenge. I’ve “finished” this challenge in the past because I’ve read the correct number of books, but I didn’t FINISH because I didn’t complete any reviews afterward :-\
  7. Read one non-fiction picture book each month for the Non-fiction Picture Book Challenge. My poor NFPB Goodreads shelf only has about 7 books, so I’ll be looking through Alyson’s older reviews to find some good ones!
  8. Finish the Gallagher girl series. I’ve read the first two books, so I just need the last 4!
  9. Do better at pulling mentor sentences/paragraphs from each book I read. I always see them and love them…but I don’t write them down or add them on Goodreads, which I need to do.
  10. Listen to 1 audiobook each month, thanks to my Audible Christmas present! I used this month’s credit on The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom which I will start as soon as I’m done with Across the Universe.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (51)

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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.

Seeing as how my last post was from November 4th, I have a lot of catching up to do!

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

The Infinite Moment of Us  Wild Awake  Goodbye, Rebel Blue  WingerAll These Things I've Done (Birthright, #1)  Because it is my blood (Birthright, #2)  In the Age of Love and Chocolate (Birthright, #3)  The Winner's CursePeriod 8

This week I plan to read/continue:

MG/YA Books

Perfect Lies (Mind Games, #2)  Fangirl  Fault Line

Audiobook

Across the Universe (Across the Universe #1)

I might need to do a quick reread of the final chapters of Mind Games so that I’m caught up when I start Perfect Lies!

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

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (50)

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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.

Seeing as how my last post was from November 4th, I have a lot of catching up to do!

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

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)  Horde (Razorland, #3)  Champion (Legend, #3)

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)  Dogs of War  Lady Thief (Scarlet, #2)

Eleanor & Park  We Were Liars  Vengeance (Fracture, #2)

Audiobook

The Diviners

This week I plan to read/continue:

MG/YA Books

Perfect Lies (Mind Games, #2)  Never Fade (The Darkest Minds, #2)

I might need to do a quick reread of the final chapters of Mind Games so that I’m caught up when I start Perfect Lies!

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

Top 10 Tuesday (32) — Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get My Hands On

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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 Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get My Hands On

Champion (Legend, #3) Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3) Gasp (Visions, #3) Lady Thief (Scarlet, #2)

Champion 11/5/13 — final book in the Legend series
Into the Still Blue 1/28/14 — final book in the Under the Never Sky series
Gasp 6/3/14 — 3rd book in the Visions series
Lady Thief 2/11/14– 2nd book in the Scarlet series 

Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3) Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3) Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3) The One (The Selection, #3)

Cress 2/4/14 — 3rd book in the Lunar Chronicles series 
Dreams of Gods & Monsters 4/8/14 — final book in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone series
Ignite Me 2/4/14 — final book in the Shatter me series
The One 5/6/14 — final book in The Selection series

Perfect Lies (Mind Games, #2) Split Second (Pivot Point, #2) The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #3) Sunrise (Ashfall, #3)

 Perfect Lies 2/18/14 — 2nd book in the Mind Games series
Split Second 2/11/14 — 2nd book in the Pivot Point series
The Retribution of Mara Dyer 6/10/14 — final book in the Mara Dyer series
Sunrise 4/15/14 — final book in the Ashfall series

I’m a sucker for a series! What are some of your favorites?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (49)

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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

When We Wuz Famous  Supernaturally (Paranormalcy, #2)

When We Wuz Famous is a great urban fiction read. I think a lot of my students who have read this book liked it so much because they could relate. Francisco, the main character, is trying to expand his horizons beyond Spanish Harlem, and he feels pressure on so many sides. His family and girl-friend want him to do well, so he feels pressure there. His best friend doesn’t want to Fran to change or abandon him (like everyone else in Vincent’s life), so he feels pressure to look out for V “no matter what.” How are you expected to better yourself when people then throw, “Oh, now you think you’re better than me?”  your face?

I did love how the book used an omniscient narrator and jumped from character to character so that we received a rounded view of the story unfolding.

Supernaturally is a cute second book in the Paranormalcy series. Evie is such a funny narrator…I would want to be her friend in real life!

This week I plan to read/continue:

MG/YA Books

  The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)  Horde (Razorland, #3)  Champion (Legend, #3)

I started The Darkest Minds last week, but wasn’t able to read much at home since I was busy reading/grading 100 final stories before report cards! But so far, I am loving it!

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen my disgruntled tweets about how I pre-ordered Horde in MARCH and have YET TO RECEIVE MY COPY!! The estimated delivery date is November 4, so we’ll see if it’s here this evening!

After reading Allegiant, I am terrified of how Champion will end!

Educational

Texts and Lessons for Content-Area Reading: With More Than 75 Articles from the New York Times, Rolling Stone, the Washington Post, Car and Driver, Chicago Tribune, and Many Others

This is such a great resource as I plan my expository unit! I can’t wait to get Texts and Lessons for Teaching Literature.

Audiobook

The Diviners

Super spooky so far! I have a few girls who are into spooky/scary stories this year, but I think the length of this book would scare them off :-\

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