It’s Monday! What are you reading? 8/19/13

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is 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 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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Prodigy by Marie Lu
Putnam Juvenile, 2013
YA Science Fiction
My Goodreads Review: 5/5 Stars
This is a sequel to Legend and the third book, Champion, comes out in November

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Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess
Dave Burgess Consulting, 2013
Professional Read
My Goodreads Review: 3/5 Stars
Some good ideas to add excitement to your classroom, but not my favorite book.

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Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Dial, August 29th, 2013
MG Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Review 5/5 Stars

My favorite read of the week….

I loved Prodigy and thought it was a perfect sequel to Legend, but Counting By 7s was my favorite read of the week. It is SOOOO good! Look for a blog post soon and go ahead and preorder this book. You will not be sorry.

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

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I didn’t get to start The Dream Thieves last week, so I’m going to attempt to find the time for this one. I’m also intrigued by Skin, by Donna Jo Napoli, which is about a teenage girl who wakes up and starts to get white spots all over her body.

Happy Reading!

Lesley ♥

It’s Monday! What are you reading? 8/12/13

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is 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 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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Join the Club! by Katie Doherty Czerwinski
Choice Literacy, 2013
Professional Read
My Goodreads Review: 5/5 Stars
This title about book clubs in middle school is SO GOOD. Loved!

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Fly Away (Sequel to Firefly Lane) by Kristin Hannah
St Martin’s Press, 2013
Adult Contemporary Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Review: 4/5 Stars
Not as good as Firefly Lane, but a very good sequel and end to Tully’s story.

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Crafting Digital Writing by Troy Hicks
Heinemann Educational Books, 2013
Professional
My Goodreads Review 4/5 Stars
Loaded with awesome ideas and examples for digital writing in the classroom.

My favorite read of the week….

Join the Club! was just what I needed for the start of my school year. I am using “Choose Kind” book clubs to compliment our One Book, One School read of Wonder (You can learn more about my project at Choose Kind Donor’s Choose Project) and I thought Katie’s ideas were smart and her writing was very exact and easy to understand. Highly recommend this title if you ever plan to do book clubs in a middle (or high school) classroom.

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

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As you can see, I am going to try to cram as much reading as I can into this week as humanly possible, while still setting up my classroom and transitioning into school mode. I am thankful I have two more weeks until school starts, because once it does, reading three books a week will be a struggle. If you are starting school soon, I wish you and your students a fun start with lots of great reads!

Happy Reading!

Lesley ♥

It’s Monday! What are you reading? 8/5/13

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is 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 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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Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu
Putnam Juvenile,  2011
YA Science Fiction / Dystopian
My Goodreads Review: 5/5 Stars
Fast paced first book in an awesome series!

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Super (Daniel Corrigan #2) by Matthew Cody
2012, Knopf Books for Young Readers
MG Fantasy
My Goodreads Review: 4/5 Stars
Marvel Super heroes meets The Goonies. Very fun read!

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Relatively Famous by Jessica Park
Kindle Version, 2010
YA Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Review 3/5 Stars
Meh. Definitely not my favorite Jessica Park book.

My favorite read of the week….

Legend is a fast paced, can’t-wait-to-see-what-happens-next kind of book. I loved the premise of Day being somewhat of a teenage Robin Hood and loved how his and June’s two stories intertwined. Lu’s writing is very lean and I love it. Not a lot of fluff or extraneous stuff getting in the way of the heart of the story and all of the action. I am hoping to pick up a copy of book #2, Prodigy, this week!

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

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This week I am planning to read two professional development books about topics I am very interested this year – book clubs and digital writing. Both come highly recommended. Fly Away is going to be an ongoing read I’m afraid. I love Kristin Hannah’s writing and it takes place in Seattle so I am savoring the descriptions of the Emerald City and Bainbridge Island.  It’s a super busy week for me with meetings, a trip to the Scholastic warehouse, and my last paper (cross your fingers!) for my gifted endorsement program. Hoping to sneak in a little me time though and get some reading time in. Let’s see how it goes.

Happy Reading!

Lesley ♥