#LoveAThon Mini Challenge #2: Book Valentines

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Mini Challenge #2: Book Valentines

For this challenge I decided to use pre made Valentine’s Day cards instead of writing long winded, sappy love letters that would make all of us uncomfortable. Just kidding. Kind of.

First, for Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, who I not only adore, but who would have been my best friend in college. Picture two besties sitting in their door room typing away at their respective keyboards. All weekend long.

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Second, for Don Tillman, from The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, who would probably turn around and give it to Rosie, which is so perfect. If you haven’t read this book, please do so immediately. Ultimate love story. Cannot wait for the movie… crossing my fingers for Bradley Cooper to be cast as Don!

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And lastly, to my book boyfriend Warner, from The Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi. I could go on and on about how much I adore him, especially from everything that happened in Ignite Me. I had a blast looking for cards that were capable of declaring my reader-to-character love in an appropriate and suitable way. Trust me, there are a lot of crazy Warner worthy cards out there, but I managed to narrow it down to two that pretty much do the job.

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This was so fun! I can’t wait to read all of the other Book Valentines out there – from the spine poetry I have read today, you all are very creative and talented!

**All cards are linked to their original sources, except for the last one, which I could not find anywhere. If you know its source, please share and I will add it. Thanks!

#LoveAThon Mini Challenge #1: Spine Poetry

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Mini Challenge #1: Spine Poetry

I am so excited that this is our first challenge because I love Spine Poetry! It is a favorite activity during April with my students and we have a lot of fun with it. In hindsight, I probably should have better prepared because these are the only books I have right now in my house.  Seriously, all of my other books are at school or in storage. Since I do only have six, I felt I couldn’t leave any of them out either…

Anyway, without further ado, here is my sad little quirky & nonsensical spine poem.

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Books used: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, Doll Bones by Holly Black, Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi, Hollow City by Ransom Riggs, More Than This by Patrick Ness, and Evertrue by Brodi Ashton.

The 2014 Book Blogger Love-a-thon is here!

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This weekend I’m participating in my first book blogger love-a-thon, which is graciously being hosted by Katelyn at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands and Alexa at Alexa Loves Books. For the first event of the weekend I was paired up with another blogger for an interview swap, but after a series of back and forth emails, it didn’t end up working out.  So… I am going to use the questions that Katelyn and Alexa have on their blogs for my own interview with myself, which sounds really weird but let’s just go with it, ok?

How did you come up with your blog name?

True story – I have wanted to start a blog for a long, long time but couldn’t come up with a name. No really, that’s what was stopping me! Because my blog features my teaching life in addition to my book obsession, I wanted something that would work for both. Literacy Love wasn’t taken yet, so it was a perfect for me – a literacy teacher who loves books!

What genre/subject matter do you read and review most on your blog?

While I am still getting the hang of book blogging on a regular basis, I tend to read and  review mostly YA and MG books. I’ve started slowly branching out into NA  for a change of pace, but the overwhelming majority of my reading is YA. As far as genre goes, I love fantasy, science fiction and contemporary fiction.

Name the 3 books you’re excited for in 2014!

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I have been dying to read this book, but haven’t gotten to it yet. I love this series!

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 Another book from another series that I am obsessed with. Stephanie Perkins is a fantastic author and I love her books so much!

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The Everneath Series is one of the most unique series I have ever read. The third book in the series is sitting on my bedside table and I can’t wait to see how this series ends!

Where in the world are you blogging from?

I currently live in southwest Ohio and am forever dreaming of moving to the Pacific Northwest. Someday I will make this dream a reality!

Tell us – How did you get into blogging in the first place? 

I’ve always liked to talk books. When I joined Twitter a few years ago I started following several book blogs and posting mini book reviews of my own on Goodreads. Starting my own blog was the next step. It took me awhile to start it, but I love it, and wish there were 5 more hours in a day so I could blog all the time!

Apart from reading, what other interests and hobbies do you have? 

I love to travel with my husband, be outdoors and try new recipes. I am forever scouring the internet for home design projects and cannot wait until we move later this year to our first home.

If you were stuck on a deserted island, which books would you bring with you?

I have no idea where to begin. I guess I would for sure bring two of my favorites – The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I would also bring Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series because it is one of my favorites and I want to read it all over again.

If you were stuck in some dangerous situation (like a fire, a sinking ship, a war zone), which book boy or girl would you want to come and save you?

Another hard one! Maybe Tris from Divergent (I am taking some liberties here) or Kenji from the Shatter Me series because not only is he going to save me he is going to make me laugh and have a great time while doing it!

You’re attending a party with your friends. Suddenly, the DJ changes the song and it’s YOUR song – what song would that be?

I am the worst at answering questions like this. I have really been into Snow Patrol lately, so probably something by them. Maybe “Open Your Eyes” or anything else from their Greatest Hits CD. 

What 3 movies would you love to have your favorite author write into books, or vice versa?

I am going to go with the vice versa here – I would love to see The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, The Heist Society series by Ally Carter, and  last, but certainly not least, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell turned into movies. I love all of these authors and books. 

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These were some tough questions! Thanks for reading. Let’s get this Blogger Love-a-thon started. I’m off to check out all of the other interviews!

Happy Reading!

January Random Reads: Life is So Good and Why We Broke Up

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Random Reads was started by imlovingbooks.com. Readers pick a random book or two from their Goodreads TBR list using random.org and then read it sometime during the month they were picked.

January’s Random Picks:

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Can I just tell you how excited I was when I stumbled upon this meme? I weeded my Goodreads TBR pile over break, but it still has almost 100 books on it. I love the fact that the books are randomly picked for me too. This adds a little more fun to my reading routine and will expose me to some great books. I mean, once upon a time there was a reason I put these on my list in the first place, right?

Life Is So Good (#16 on my TBR list) by George Dawson and Why We Broke Up (#33 on my TBR list) by Daniel Handler have been on TBR list for three years. While one is about a man who learned to read at the age of 96 and the other a Printz honor book about a break up, I am pretty excited that these two vastly different books will be read sometime this month.

Happy Reading, everyone!

10 for 10 Picture Books Event

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Thanks so much to Cathy Mere of Refine and Reflect and Mandy Robeck of Enjoying and Embracing Learning for leading this blogging event. (Click on the picture above for more info.) The question was basically….What 10 picture books could you not live without?

My very first 10 for 10 picture books come with a twist – they are all books that my seventh and eighth graders explored during our Wordless Picture Book Study last spring. The idea for the study came from browsing Twitter one afternoon and turned into one of the coolest things I have done in my Focus Reading classes so far. Day 1 involved exploring the books and browsing at our own pace, on days 2-4 we spent time studying different elements of the book and noting authors’ choices, on days 5-6 we wrote dialogue and narration for our favorite titles, and days 7-10 were spent making mini Smore Page book report ads (www.smore.com) for a book of our choice. It was such a great experience and I can’t wait to expand it to even more titles next spring. Without further ado, here are the 10 books we used last spring:

Click on each book to add these titles to your Goodreads TBR pile!

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I introduced the unit with Bob Staake’s Bluebird, which had just recently been released. Students were hooked on the idea from day 1.

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Shadow by Suzy Lee – Beautiful pictures

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Robot Dreams by Sara Varon – More of a wordless graphic novel. Students enjoyed this one.

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Chalk by Bill Thompson – Students really liked this one. Very popular!

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The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney – AMAZING pictures and a beautiful story!

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Zoom by Istvan Banyai – Can be “read” backwards for a completely different perspective. Students were impressed with this one.

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The Adventures of Polo by Regis Faller – Another favorite of students. There are more Polo titles out there that I will use next spring.

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Window by Jeannie Baker – My personal favorite of the bunch! The collage pictures are stunning!

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The Arrival by Shaun Tan – Very complex and thoughtful. Students liked the futuristic themes.

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The Red Book by Barbara Lehman – A book about a magical book! Students liked this one a lot.

I’ve already started a new wish list for books that I’d like to add to our collection. There’s always a chance of having students two years in a row, so I am invariably trying to keep things fresh. I hope you enjoyed this list and are thinking about a wordless picture book study for your class. I’d love to hear about your favorite wordless picture books and add them to our collection!

Happy Reading!

Lesley ♥