It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 11/4/13

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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.

Hey literacy lovers! Not much to report, but I have been finding time to read here and there. I am, however, really excited about the books in my TBR list. Lots of great titles coming up!

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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Storm Runners by Roland Smith
2011
MG Adventure
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
This faced paced story about storm chasers has major kid appeal. I plan to start reading this to my 7th graders this week!

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Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth
2013
YA Dystopian
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
Sigh. What a crazy ending to this story! I definitely (like almost everyone else I know) needed time to process how Roth decided to end her series. I give her major credit for doing it the way she did. I really hope she has something else being published very. very soon!

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Just One Year (Companion to Just One Day) by Gayle Forman
2013
YA Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
I was given a few gift cards for my birthday so of course I bought books! This has definitely been on my wish list and I really enjoyed reading Willem’s point of view of what happened after Just One Day. While I didn’t think it was as good as Just One Day, I still really, really liked it! Write another, Gayle Forman?!

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

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I’m really excited about a few of these upcoming reads – The Naturals looks really interesting, Falling in Love With Close Reading has gotten rave reviews, and I cannot wait to see what happens in Champion. The Legend series is one of my very favorite. I hope you have some special books in your reading future as well!

Happy Reading!

Lesley ♥

It’s Monday! What are you reading? 10/21/13


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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.

Have I really not done a Monday post in a month? Yikes! Let me catch you up on what I’ve been reading, and also share some titles that I hope to read soon!

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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The Word Collector by Sonja Wimmer
2012
Picture Book
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
I used this book to introduce our vocabulary study this semester. Great book!

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Touchblue  by Cynthia Lord
2010
MG Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
Cute story about life on an island. Families decide to become foster parents in an effort to save their school. Quick read!

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Marie Antoinette Serial Killer by Katie Alender
2013
YA Mystery
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
I picked this up, not knowing it was written by the author of the Bad Girls Don’t Die series, and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Since I recently read Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, I was familiar with Marie Antoinette’s story and understood the premise behind this mystery. I already have students in line to check this one out!

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The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
2007
YA Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
I love the Dairy Queen series and stayed up way too late finishing this one, after starting it at school one day. This one had so much family drama in it that I could’t put it down and had to see how it ended. Can’t wait for Front and Center, which is book 3. Hoping my local used bookstore has it!

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Shadow and Bone 
2012
YA Fantasy
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
This is one of my favorite books that I have read this year! Such an interesting fantasy story with magic and deception around every corner! Love the characters and the writing. I highly recommend this one!

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I also reread Divergent and Insurgent to prepare for Allegiant’s release on Tuesday. Crossing my fingers that my preordered copy gets here on Tuesday! I will be crushed if it doesn’t. This is my favorite series that I have read. Looking forward to seeing how it ends and what happens to Tris and Four.

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

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I’ve been reading a lot of YA as of late, so I’m switching over to some MG books to balance things out a little bit. Anything But Typical is one of our next book club options for my gifted students and it’s the only one of the bunch that I haven’t read. The other two are titles I’ve wanted to check out and then of course, Allegiant!!!

Happy Reading!

Lesley ♥

Waiting on Wednesday: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week, my can’t-wait-to-be-released book is none other than…

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What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

AHHH! I have seriously been waiting for this book’s release since I finished the very last page of Insurgent. If you’ve never read The Divergent Series you are sadly missing out on some AWESOME fast paced writing and action packed dystopian books. The Hunger Games trilogy has nothing on Veronica Roth’s books. I cannot wait until I get my hands on all 544 pages of Allegiant goodness on 10/22 and see how this epic storyline ends. And what happens to Tris and Four. Especially Four.

And then yes, I will be really sad that the story is over.

If I knew how to include a countdown clock on this blog, ladies and gentlemen, it would be here.

Until then, I will diligently be avoiding spoilers from Divergent Fans.

This is why I am not on Tumblr, readers.