It’s Monday! What are you reading? #IMWAYR 4/14/14

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys and invites bloggers to recap what they’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

Here’s what I’ve read lately:

(Click on the book covers to add these titles to your Goodreads TBR piles)

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No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale
2014
YA Mystery
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
I really liked this creepy book and am surprised that there aren’t better reviews on Goodreads. The main character is pretty endearing despite her complete lack of social skills and I loved all of the quirky characters.

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Threatened by Eliot Schrefer
2014
YA Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5
I was really surprised that I liked this book even more than Schrefer’s Endangered. I think this would make an excellent read aloud for grades 7 and up and it will give students so much to think and talk about.

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City of Glass and City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, books 3 and 4) by Cassandra Clare
2009 and 2011
YA Fantasy
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars for both books
I am still hooked on the Mortal Instruments Series and loving it! I need to get my hands on City of Lost Souls as soon as possible. I love the characters and although there are so many of them, it is very easy to keep them apart and follow their subplots throughout the books. Cassandra Clare has created an amazing world in these books and I cannot get enough of it!

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A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
2014
MG Fantasy
My Goodreads Rating 5/5 Stars
I would definitely not be surprised if this book wins an award this year. It is adorable and filled with so many beautiful lines that I really wanted to highlighted almost every page! Too bad it was a library book. I highly recommend this one and it would make a fantastic read aloud for grades 4-6.

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Better of Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg
2014
MG – YA Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Rating 4/5 Stars
Elizabeth Eulberg is a great author and I have enjoyed all of her books. While this book wasn’t my favorite, I did enjoy the dual narrators and getting both sides to the story. I have already passed this one on to a 6th grade reader and she read it very quickly and passed it to a friend who is devouring it as well.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – The Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs / Cassandra Jean
2013
MG – YA Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Rating 4/5 Stars
I’ve already professed my love for Ransom Riggs’ work a time or two on this blog and I wasn’t really surprised I liked this adaptation of the first book in the series. A lot of Goodreads reviewers said that they thought it didn’t tell enough, but I thought it told just enough that readers will want to get their hands on the novel version. I gave this to one of my most reluctant 7th grade readers this week and he can’t stop talking about it during reading time, and often interrupts the class to talk about how cool and creepy it is. I like this graphic novel because it is pretty sophisticated and a step up from some of the other graphic novels I have in my classroom that students sometimes read over and over.

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Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gewirtz
2013
MG Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Rating 4/5 Stars
This was another possible contender for next year’s One Book, One School and while I thought it was an intriguing story and very different, it was not my favorite. I did really like the ending though and glad for the choices that the characters made. This is a quick read if you are looking for something different.

Here’s what I plan to read next: (Click on the cover for more info from Goodreads)

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Happy Reading!

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 3/17/14

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys and invites bloggers to recap what they’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

Here’s what I’ve read lately:

(Click on the book covers to add these titles to your Goodreads TBR piles

grasshopper jungle

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
2014
Upper YA Science Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
So. Grasshopper Jungle. Have you heard about this book? It’s all the rage on social media right now so I had to check it out. Let me tell you that this is the weirdest book I have ever read in my entire life. The writing is a total game changer as far as I am concerned. Andrew Smith is a GENIUS. Grasshopper Jungle is beautiful. Grasshopper Jungle is creepy. And you will not be able to put this book down.

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The Shadow Throne (Book 3, The Ascendance Trilogy) by Jennifer Nielsen
2014
MG Fantasy
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5
One of my favorite MG series. The False Prince, Jaron,  and his loyal friends are really in trouble in this one and I thought that it was a great ending to the trilogy.

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The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
2014
Contemporary YA Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
A sad story about a teenager whose father has PTSD, which many students can now relate to and possibly benefit from while reading Hayley’s journey. Typical Laurie Halse Anderson book – gut wrenching, real and edgy. Very good book!

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Bystander by James Preller
2009
YA Contemporary Fiction
My Goodreads Rating 3/5 Stars
The ELA department at my school is currently narrowing down choices for next year’s One Book, One School event and this is a contender. I thought it was just ok and did not care for the ending, but it does have a message about types of bullying and would be good for middle school students to hear.

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Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi
2014
YA Science Fiction
My Goodreads Rating 5/5 Stars
I really, really liked the Under the Never Sky series and wish there were more books. Great characters and plot. I have read so many final books from series that I have loved lately that it’s starting to get a little depressing. Oh, reader problems! 🙂

Here’s what I plan to read next: (Click on the cover for more info from Goodreads)

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I’m down to my last library book No One Else Can Have You and then I am going to tackle my huge TBR pile at school. I’m still ahead on my Goodreads goal, but not by much!!

Happy Reading!

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 3/3/14

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys and invites bloggers to recap what they’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

Here’s what I’ve read lately:

(Click on the book covers to add these titles to your Goodreads TBR piles

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Hollow City (sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) by Ransom Riggs
2014
YA Fantasy
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
I think I loved Hollow City more than Miss Peregrine’s, which is saying a lot. I won’t give away any spoilers for either, but this book is fast paced and moves really well. There are so many characters, and it was surprisingly very easy to keep track of what was happening to everybody. Riggs included a lot more pictures in book two and they are fascinating and do not interrupt the flow of his beautiful writing.

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Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
2013
YA Dystopian
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5
Another dystopian survival story, and this time by Ohio author Mindy McGinnis. Water is extremely scarce and Lynn and her mother protect the pond that is their lifeline. Lynn is a fascinating main character and I really enjoyed this story!

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Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, Illustrated by Maira Kalman
2011
Contemporary YA Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
This was one of my two Random Reads from January. Why We Broke Up won a Printz honor in 2012 and the writing in this heartbreakingly sad book is absolutely gorgeous. There are a ton of old movie references that distract from the storyline, and I’m not sure a lot of teenagers would stick with this one. I loved the pictures of the items that the main character gives back to her ex and how the story ends, but this was a tough one to read.

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Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
2013
YA Contemporary Fiction
My Goodreads Rating 5/5 Stars
I am a huge fan of David Levithan and have been wanting to read this one forever. Two Boys Kissing was nominated for several awards and was even a 2013 National Book Award nominee. The story is centered around the “based on true events” of two seventeen year old boys who take part in a 32 hour kissing marathon to break the Guinness Book of World Records. The book is narrated by a “chorus” of an entire generation of gay men who lost their lives to AIDS. A beautiful and very important book!

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Evertrue (Everneath #3) by Brodi Ashton
2014
YA Fantasy
My Goodreads Rating 3/5 Stars
I really liked this series as a whole – it’s based on mythology and is a great love story, but the last book was a little disappointing. It was a slow and the ending was just ok. I know that there are a lot of Everneath fans out there that are a lot more invested in the series than me that are probably really annoyed with how it ended, but I’m not sure there was another way to do it. Students who are looking for mythological infused fantasy will enjoy this one.

Here’s what I plan to read next: (Click on the cover for more info from Goodreads)

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I have so many library books on my bedside table right now. I am going to give Doll Bones  another try and am almost halfway through The Impossible Knife of Memory which I can’t put down. Here’s to hoping March is a much better reading month than February!

Happy Reading!

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2/10/13 #IMWAYR

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys and invites bloggers to recap what they’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

Here’s what I’ve read lately:

(Click on the book covers to add these titles to your Goodreads TBR piles)

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Shatter Me, Unravel Me and Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
2011, 2013, 2014
Mature YA Dystopian Fantasy
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
I reread Shatter Me and Unravel Me in anticipation of the release of Ignite Me  and was so happy to revisit one of my favorite YA series that I have ever read. It is so different than other dystopian novels and the love triangle is epic. Seriously. I think Mafi is a fantastic storyteller and Ignite Me is such a satisfying ending to this hit series! I was worried how she would end it and kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, so to speak, but was very pleasantly surprised! I’m not sure that all fans of the series feel the same way, but for me, it was perfect.

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May B by Caroline Starr Rose
2012
MG-YA Historical Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5
This is a story about survival on the prairie told in gorgeous verse. I love May’s voice and perseverance. Would make an interesting read aloud during for a historical fiction or survival unit.

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Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
2013
Contemporary YA Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
This fun novel told from differing perspectives is set on two coasts and around the lives of two incoming freshman girls who communicate via email before they become roommates. Each girl is anxious and nervous about starting college and I think older students would enjoy this one.

Here’s what I plan to read next: (Click on the cover for more info from Goodreads)

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I have these five library books on my bedside table just waiting to be read. I hope to get through all of them within the next two weeks while also finishing my re-watch of Veronica Mars in anticipation of next month’s movie. I’m on season 3 and have enjoyed this series all over again! So far on the reading front I’ve started Not a Drop to Drink by Ohio writer Mindy McGinnis and am very intrigued!

Happy Reading!

It’s Monday! What are you reading? 1/27/14 #IMWAYR

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys and invites bloggers to recap what they’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

Here’s what I read last week:

(Click on the book covers to add these titles to your Goodreads TBR piles)

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
2013
Contemporary Adult Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
Don Tilman is oddly charming and socially challenged. He’s a genetics professor who never met an experiment he didn’t like. He’s starts the Wife Project was hilarious and sometime disastrous results. I loved this quirky little book so much that when I was only a quarter in, I searched online to see if this had been optioned for a movie yet. And of course it has been because I think this will be a fantastic hit! Crossing my fingers for Bradley Cooper as Don.  He would be absolutely perfect for this role!

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The Mortal Instruments Series, Book 2: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
2013
YA Fantasy
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5
I was a little nervous when I started this one and was hoping it would live up to how good The City of Bones is and I actually found myself liking this one even more! Lots of action, angst and more Magnus Bane.

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The Naturals, book 1 by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
2013
YA Mystery
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
This book reminds me of a little milder version of I Hunt Killers, and I really liked it. I was a little disappointed in who the “bad guy” was, but it still kept me guessing the whole time. This series has a lot of potential. Will definitely pick up the next book when it comes out.

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Wait for You by J Lynn (Jennifer L. Armentrout)
2013
Contemporary NA
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
This may be my favorite NA book that I have read so far.

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Losing It #2: Faking It by Cora Carmack
2013
Contemporary NA
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
This is the second book in the Losing It series and it was a pretty good read. I like Carmack’s style of writing and these characters.

Here’s what I plan to read next: (Click on the cover for more info from Goodreads)

bomb hollow city

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Bomb is STILL on my list to read but I would really like to get to the rest of these books this week. Shatter Me and Unravel Me (One of my favorite series EVER! Warner…. sigh) are rereads in anticipation for Ignite Me which comes out very, very soon and Why We Broke Up is my other Random Read for January.

Happy Reading!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 1/20/14 #IMWAYR

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys and invites bloggers to recap what they’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

I can honestly say this week was a FANTASTIC seven days of reading!

Here’s what I read:

(Click on the book covers to add these titles to your Goodreads TBR piles)

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Stage Dive Series, Book #1: Lick by Kylie Scott
2013
Contemporary New Adult
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
This week’s NA read was Lick, and while the title is a bit lackluster, the book is well written and has a great storyline. I mean who wouldn’t be able to stop reading a book from cover to cover –  in two sittings – about a college student slash barista who wakes up in Vegas after celebrating her 21st birthday only to realize she got married to one of the hottest rock stars on the planet. I would read the rest of the series for sure. Fun read!

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Reality Boy by A.S. King
2013
Contemporary YA
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5
I am a huge A.S. King fan and this book does not disappoint. It is about a seventeen year old boy whose family was on a reality TV show when he was five. You know, one of those shows where a fake nanny comes to save the family? Needless to say this particular family puts the “dys” in “dysfunctional” times infinity. Gerald is a character who you will want to root for despite all of his issues. Really hard to read in some spots but such a sweet coming of age story.

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Life is So Good by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman
2001
Autobiography
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
When George Dawson learned to read he was 98 years old. This is his story of how he started picking cotton at age four and all of his adventures through his time on earth. Such a fantastic story about working hard, family and perseverance. Fascinating look at America during the twentieth century. This book was one of my Random Reads for January, which you can learn more about here.

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Release Date – May 13,2014
Contemporary YA
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
This book will be extremely popular when it comes out and I wouldn’t be surprised if it wins the Printz Award. I was really excited when I got approved to read the ARC on Net Galley and read it that night. All of it. In one sitting. This story centers around a very privileged and wealthy family that summers on their own island and four best friends. It’s about true love, an accident and a very, very big secret. I’ve never read something like this before and found it to be beautifully written and the ending will stick with me for a really long time.

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This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
2013
Contemporary YA
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
This is definitely a book where the cover sold me. I didn’t really know much about it when I requested it from the library, and I am happy to say that I absolutely loved it! This book, like the other YA books I read this week is about a teenager who is misunderstood, and is trying to fit in while surviving high school. I loved all the music references in the book and everything else about it. Great read!

Here’s what I plan to read next: (Click on the cover for more info from Goodreads)

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Not sure I will get to all of these titles with this week being the start of a new semester, but we’ll see how it goes. I feel like I am in a reading groove right now and don’t want to stop! Have a great week!

Happy Reading!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 1/13/14 #IMWAYR

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys and invites bloggers to recap what they’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

Two snow days at the start of the week helped me get through some great titles!!

Here’s what I read:

(Click on the book covers to add these titles to your Goodreads TBR piles)

city of bones

The Mortal Instruments Series, Book #1: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
2007
YA  Fantasy
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
I really, really liked this storyline and couldn’t put it down. I am definitely going to make an effort and read more of the series.

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The Grisha Trilogy, Book #2: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
2013
YA Fantasy
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5
The first two books in the Grisha Trilogy are my favorite fantasy books that I think I have ever read. I love the Russian inspired setting, all of the maps and unique places and elements of magic throughout. Bardugo is a master at writing characters. Sturmhond is one of the best out there, while the Darkling makes for one fantastic villain. Book three, Ruin and Rising, is scheduled to be released on June 3rd, and I cannot wait to see how this story ends.

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Heist Society, Book #3: Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter
2013
YA Contemporary Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
My third perfect rating of the week! I’ve always loved the Heist Society series and still think it would make a great TV show. This one is really centered around the meaning of family, and while I didn’t think it was as fun as Uncommon Criminals, I loved seeing what all of the characters got themselves into this go around. I hope there are more of these books.

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Losing It  Series #1, Losing It
2012
New Adult Romance
My Goodreads Rating: 3/5 Stars
I’ve ventured into the genre of New Adult, readers. For those unsure what New Adult books are, I like to think of them as books with main characters that are college age or right out of college and are facing more mature life decisions than Young Adult characters. Or something like that. It’s still pretty blurry to me, honestly. Anyway, I got some NA recs from a fellow reader on Twitter and a blog that I follow and Losing It ended up being my first pick, based on Amazon reviews and price. A lot of NA ebooks are pretty reasonable which makes me feel a tiny bit less guilty about purchasing them. The storyline is about exactly what you think it’s about based on that cover and while it was pretty predictable, I thought it was an ok read. I read it in two sittings and would read another by this author.

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City of Ember: The Graphic Novel by Jeanne D. Prau
2012
MG Science Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
When I first read the original City of Ember way back when, I really enjoyed it. I thought it was different from other MG books and read the entire series. While I think this graphic novel version is pretty good overall, it does not go into nearly as much detail and background into the city and story as the original. But, I think it would be a great intro to science fiction for students that have never read any. I am going to read this version with my students next semester and have them compare it with the movie version and do all sorts of things with it. I do have the original book on CD too, so we can compare parts of that version as well.

Here’s what I plan to read next: (Click on the cover for more info from Goodreads)

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All of these books come very highly rated on Goodreads and Amazon. Life is So Good is my first Random Read for January (You can read more about Random Reads here), and the others are books I’ve been meaning to get to for some time. Bomb is a free copy I received in a Scholastic order, and the others are all library books. I’m on a major book buying freeze right now (Well…minus the PD book I bought last night) and have been requesting titles from my local library left and right! See you next week!

Happy Reading!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 1/6/14

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys and invites bloggers to recap what they’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

Winter break is officially over, and while I didn’t get to every single book on my list, I got pretty darn close. Last week was another great reading week, and I can’t wait to go back to school and share these titles with my students.

Here’s what I read:

(Click on the book covers to add these titles to your Goodreads TBR piles)

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The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
2013
YA Science Fiction / Fantasy
My Goodreads Rating: 3/5 Stars
I am a big James Dashner fan and credit his Maze Runner series for helping me branch out to genres other than realistic fiction. This book, which is the first in the Morality Doctrine series, just didn’t really wow me. It took about 30 pages or so to really understand what was going on – gamers get involved in a cyber terrorist attack and are forced to go deep inside a game to save humanity – and I really thought the whole book was about 100 pages too long. Teens that are really into gaming and coding will like this one, even if it didn’t really work for me.

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Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
2013
YA Contemporary Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5
I really enjoyed this book and its main character Callie. Callie was kidnapped by her mother ten years ago and has lived in horrible conditions ever since. When her mother is arrested after a traffic stop, Callie goes to live with her dad and his family in a small, greek influenced touristy town in Florida. I couldn’t put this one down.

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Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
2014
YA Contemporary Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
Really fun book that I reviewed last week. You can check out my review here.

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Front and Center (Dairy Queen Series #3) by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
2009
YA Contemporary Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
I love the Dairy Queen series so much and this book was a great ending to an excellent series!

Here’s what I plan to read next: (Click on the cover for more info from Goodreads)

city of bones  siege and storm perfect scoundrels

I am 75% finished with City of Bones and really enjoying it. I won’t have nearly as much reading time now that school has started again, but I am hoping I can get both Siege and Storm and Perfect Scoundrels read during independent reading time this week.

Happy Reading!

It’s Monday! What are you reading? #IMWAYR 12/30/13

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys and invites bloggers to recap what they’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

Ahhh! It’s the middle of winter break, and man have I been reading up a storm! I could get used to this.

Here’s what I read:

(Click on the book covers to add these titles to your Goodreads TBR piles)

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I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan
2012
YA Contemporary Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
I picked this up at the Scholastic Warehouse sale because it was priced at two bucks. I then noticed that it was written by Holly Goldberg Sloan, who wrote one of my 2013 favorites Counting By 7’s (see my review  here). I had no idea she had other books, and this one is so good! It reminds me a little of How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr and involves a mysterious boy and seventeen year old Emily Bell who believes she was destined to meet him. I almost read this one straight through. Highly recommend!

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Infinity Ring, Book One: A Mutiny in Time by James Dashner
2012
MG Science Fiction / Adventure
My Goodreads Rating: 3/5 Stars
Infinity Ring is a pretty hot series right now, with various and very popular kidlit authors writing each book. I definitely see the kid appeal – high action, relatable characters and after the book is read, there is a code you can use to continue the adventure online (a la 39 Clues). All things kids like in a series, right? This may be picky – but I couldn’t stand the way that the kids talked to each other and were always arguing and calling each other out. I also hated that the female character kept saying “For the love of mincemeat!”, and it became pretty annoying. Not sure if the other books in the series are like this since they all have different authors, but this book just didn’t wow me.

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Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu
2011
YA Contemporary Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
This title came highly recommended from one of our school’s ROTO tutors, so I was thrilled to find it for a great price at the Scholastic Warehouse. It centers around a teenage girl who lives alone with her mom, because her older siblings have moved away and her dad has recently left to start a new life. Lucy’s mom is a hoarder and it has taken a toll on the family. I really felt for Lucy as I read her story and was shocked and saddened at how her mother treated her. This is an excellent book and the ending left me wide eyed and wowed.

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Aesop’s Secret by Claudia White
2013
MG Fantasy
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
I was sent this book by the author for a possible review. Isn’t the cover cool? Turns out that I really liked this curious little book! You can read my review from 12/29 here.

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Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
2011
MG Fantasy
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
My Goodreads review of this book only needed one word – perfection. This book is magical and I couldn’t put it down. It would make an excellent read aloud for upper middle grades, even if it is a little bit over 300 pages. Such a masterfully written story about a brave little girl named Hazel who is having trouble surviving fifth grade, but finds herself trying to save her best friend from an evil witch who lives in a world that is just beyond the woods by their homes. Cannot say enough about this one. Great book!

Here’s what I plan to read next: (Click on the cover for more info from Goodreads)

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I would love to get to City of Bones and The Eye of Minds before school starts up again. I am nervous about starting City of Bones because there are SO MANY books in this series!  The other two books were Christmas presents and I have been dying to read both of them. Love both of these series so much!

Happy Reading!

It’s Monday! What are you reading? 12/23/13

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys and invites bloggers to recap what they’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.

It’s been a few weeks since I posted, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading! While things were a bit crazy at school with projects and a major Picture Book Tournament with my 8th grade classes, I did manage to read a few books.

Here’s what I read:

(Click on the book covers to add these titles to your Goodreads TBR piles)

arcadia

Arcadia by Lauren Groff
2012
Adult Fiction (a little historical fiction, but also dystopian as well…)
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
This book has been in my TBR pile since November 2011. Yes, you read that right. I picked it up at NCTE11 and just hung on to it, moving it from pile to pile. I’m glad I saved it, because it is a beautifully written book. The idea of living on a commune was pretty fascinating and I loved the main character’s point of view. I was a little out of my comfort zone in a few sections, but overall a pretty solid piece of fiction!

monster who lost his mean

The Monster Who Lost His Mean by Tiffany Strelitz Haber
2012
Picture Book
My Goodreads Rating: 3/5 Stars
Cute picture book about a monster that learns it’s not what you’re called, but who you are that counts. Good bedtime read for little ones.

flight of the dodo

Flight of the DoDo by Peter Brown
2005
Picture Book
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
The waddlers (flightless birds) want to learn how to fly after being pooped on one to many times by the geese who fly by. They make a very unique flying machine and head off on an adventure with surprising results. My eighth graders really liked this one as it made it to our Picture Book tournament’s final four!!

this is not a good idea

That is NOT a Good Idea! by Mo Willems
2013
Picture Book
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
I adore this picture book and its surprise ending! So funny! This book was our #1 seed for our Picture Book tournament and all of my other classes that didn’t participate in the tournament begged me to read it to them. They enjoyed the similarities to Little Red Riding Hood and guessing what was going to happen. A great title!!

nazihunters

The Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascomb
2013
MG/YA Non Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
This is a riveting informational book and had me on the edge of my seat while pouring through its pages. The book covers the capture of Adolf Eichmann, one of the Holocaust’s most notorious criminals, who was responsible for killing millions of innocent people. Who knew he would be hiding in Argentina with his family? It would take a very elite team of spies to capture him and bring him to Israel to be tried for his crimes . Fascinating read that is a great addition to any war or Holocaust study.

reading in the wild

Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller with Susan Kelley
2013
Professional Read
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
I devoured Donalyn’s first book, The Book Whisperer, and it helped me transform my teaching and mindset about what is best for students when it comes to reading. Her follow up book reinforces her core beliefs about choice in independent reading, how to fit it into reading workshop, and using readers’ notebooks, but it also talks about how to create life long readers, which is my number one goal with my Focus Reading classes that I currently teach. I found it reassuring and a great resource to come back to time and time again.

Here’s what I plan to read next: (Click on the cover for more info from Goodreads)

I’m officially on Winter Break for the next two weeks and have a book stack that I would love to get to so I can share all of these titles with my students on our first day back. Here’s what’s on my reading plate!

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What are you reading to finish up 2013? Have you started planning you Winter Break book stack yet?

Happy Reading!

Lesley ♥