It’s Monday, what are you reading? 11/25/13

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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! It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? I’m finally finished with my gifted endorsement grad program, so expect my IMWAYR posts on a regular basis from here on out!

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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Ungifted by Gordan Korman
2012
MG/YA Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
A funny story about a misguided misfit who ends up in the district’s gifted program after a major mishap. Great characters and ending!

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Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin
2010
MG Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
Jason, the main character in Anything But Typical, is a fourteen year old autistic boy who loves to write stories and talk about writing with his online friend Phoenixbird. The world around him is confusing and Jason narrates the story beautifully by talking about his daily struggles of living in a neurotypical world.

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The Shade of the Moon (The Last Survivors Series #4) by Susan Beth Pfeffer
2013
YA Dystopian
My Goodreads Rating: 3/5 Stars
I really, really enjoyed the first two books in this series and am in fact reading book #1, Life as We Knew It, to my eighth graders right now. They are on the edge of their seats every time I read and we have had many, many “end of the world”conversations over the past two weeks. While it has been interesting to see what happens to these characters over the course of four books, this one was bleak, depressingly violent and just not for me.

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Champion (The Legend  Series #3) by Marie Lu
2013
YA Dystopian
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
I love this series! I can’t say enough about it. I love the lean writing and the back and forth perspective of the two main characters Day and June. This book is just as exciting as the first two, and while I was really sad it was the end of the series, I look forward to more books by Marie Lu. This is a must read!

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Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds, Illustrated by Dan Santat
2013
Picture Book
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
Lion, Great White Shark and Timber wolf are tired of being misunderstood. They come together to figure out a way to make everyone else to like them with pretty funny consequences. I liked this book a lot and read it to my classes, but the last page gets me every time. A good PB with a “be yourself” message.

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Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
2013
Picture Book
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
Mr. Tiger wants to go wild, but his friends are not amused and he leaves town to do what he wants. He ends up missing his friends and goes back to town only to be welcomed by a big surprise! I love this book and the pictures. Great story for all ages!

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The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
2013
YA Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
A great YA coming of age story with a little romance, too. Caymen is seventeen and spends her days working at her mother’s doll store. One day, Xander, who clearly is not from Caymen’s side of town, comes into the store and finds he has met his match. I really liked this one and it reminds me of Sarah Dessen’s books, but without the beach.

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That Time I Joined the Circus by JJ Howard
2013
YA Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
So Xandra, otherwise known as Lexie, finds herself on a bus traveling away from her beloved NYC to Florida after a series of very unfortunate events and ends up joining a circus because she has no where else to go. No, really, that’s how the book starts. I was really skeptical of this one, but found it to be pretty good. I loved all of the characters and the plot twists. A great story about friendship, love and family.

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Crankenstein by Samantha Berger, Illustrated by Dan Santat
2013
Picture Book
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
Love the illustrations in this one! My eighth graders are currently doing a picture book study and Dan Santat is one of the featured illustrators they are looking at right now. Simple story about what happens when kids get mad and turn into Crankenstein. I love the ending!

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

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I’m to the point in my reading year that I have a lot of “odds and ends” type books laying around and want to finish them by the beginning of 2014. I am still saving these two special professional books for when I have a lot of time to devote to them, so I plan to fly through the 3 middle grade books first. My TBR basket at school is dwindling and I have a small bag at home of random books that I’d like to get to as well. Easier said than done, but now that I have a lot more free time on my hands I am up for the challenge! Have a fantastic Thanksgiving and reading week!

Happy Reading!

Lesley ♥

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? 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 ♥

It’s Monday! What are you reading? 7/29/13

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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 on my road trip to Oklahoma:

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

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The Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor
Audiobook
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 9/27/11
YA Fantasy
My Goodreads Review: 5/5 Stars
One of the very best audiobooks I have ever listened to!

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The Social Code (The Start Up #1) by Sadie Hayes
Original Title The Start Up (2011)
Netgalley book – Projected publication 9/3/13
YA Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Review: 2/5 Stars

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The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
Amulet Books, NetGalley Book – Projected publication date 8/20/13
New Adult Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Review 4/5 Stars

My favorite read of the week….

Hands down and without a doubt my favorite read this week was The Daughter of Smoke and Bone. WOW! This book is spectacular and the audiobook narration is amazing. Taylor’s characters are so richly developed and the plot had me on the edge of my seat. This is one of my favorite books, ever. I cannot wait to make time to listen to book #2, Days of Blood and Starlight, which came out last year. Now I just need to plan another road trip so I can listen to it! Hmmm…

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 books from my classroom TBR pile that I lugged home in June – Super and Legend and two books from authors I love, Relatively Famous by Jessica Park and Fly Away, the sequel to Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah. A good balance of school and summer reading just for me. How are you balancing your summer reading this year?

Happy Reading!

Lesley ♥