It’s Monday, what are you reading? #IMWAYR 7/14/14



Does anyone else think that summer is FLYING by at an alarming rate?! Sigh. I sure do and I am not a fan. But, I am still getting a lot of reading time and making the most of it so I can’t complain too much. This past week I picked up and read a few books from the library and also read the newest title by one of my very favorite authors. I’ve already decided that next year I am NOT bringing a big box of books home from school because I have barely touched the one I brought home in June. I hope you’ve had a great week of reading!

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 picture to head on over to Goodreads and check out a synopsis and more reviews of each book)


Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Contemporary Fiction, 2014
308 pages
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars

Landline is about a very busy television writer named Georgie McCool, her husband Neal, and what happens when a couple’s marriage is at a breaking point. It’s Christmas time and Georgie, Neal and their two daughters are supposed to be heading to Omaha to spend the holidays with Neal’s family, but Georgie and her writing partner, Seth, are on deadline for pitching their new show that very likely will be their biggest hit yet. Georgie decides she has to stay in LA while Neal leaves with the girls, and not on very good terms. I love that this book is all about relationships (one of Rowell’s specialties) and communicating or the lack their of. This book is so, so good and I think every married couple should read it. Here is an amazing NYT review  of Landline that you should definitely check out.

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Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

Middle Grade Fantasy, 2013

233 pages
My Goodreads rating: 5/5 stars
Flora and Ulysses is a charming, and often very funny story about a little girl named Flora who loves words and superheroes, and what happens after she watches her next door neighbor’s supercharged vacuum suck up an unsuspecting squirrel, whom she later names Ulysses. Ulysses and Flora become fast friends and with Ulysses’ new found talents, they go on several adventures. There are some unforgettable characters in this book and I think it would make a fantastic read aloud. I plan to read it to my 6th grade reading classes this year and follow it up with my beloved The One and Only Ivan.

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The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

YA Realistic Fiction, 2014
208 Pages
My Goodreads Rating: 3/5 Stars
This is a super quick read that breaks your heart. The story of Alice and what happens to her is told by 5 different characters. It is tough to read and I got really angry at certain characters throughout the book. Oh, the power of jealousy, rumors and lies. While the book does a great job moving the story’s plot along with differing perspectives using very realistic characters, language and situations, I think it could have been more developed in spots, and especially at the end.

Here’s what I’m planning on reading next:

(Click on the pictures for more info)

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 clockwork angel

It’s Monday! What are you reading? 9/23/13


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.

Guess what? For the most part, I am all caught up on beginning-of-the-year paperwork, grading and planning and am BACK IN MY READING GROOVE! It feels really good to be able to say this!

Here’s what I read last week:

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


Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Ember Publishing, 2011
High YA Historical Fiction / Mystery
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
It took me awhile to get into this one, but once things started happening I seriously could not put it down! I read the last 250 pages or so in one sitting and was so enthralled with the smart storytelling. Excellent book for older students and even adults!

dairy queen

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
HMH Books for Young Readers 2006
YA Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
A coming of age story that takes place mostly on a farm in rural Wisconsin? Count me in! Loved the setting and plot of this book and plan to get my hands on #2 and #3 very soon.

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Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett Krosoczka
Knopf, 2009
MG Fantasy Graphic Novel
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
This book had me smiling and laughing out loud! Held a raffle to see which student would get to read it first and it was a big hit. Funny series for grades 4-6.

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


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I’ve started FANGIRL and am not at all surprised that I LOVE it. It’s a great story already and I am desperately trying to finish this post so I can go read it! It’s no secret that I love Rainbow Rowell’s books. Have you read Attachments yet? What are you waiting for? Read my review hereA Long Walk to Water is another book I picked up this summer at the Scholastic sale, and I’ve seen a lot of chatter about it on Twitter lately. The last two books are PD and look pretty good so far. Hoping to add poetry and some more critical thinking into our routine.

But wait! There’s MORE!!!


I am also going to start my Divergent reread this week. I am BEYOND EXCITED for Allegiant to come out on 10/22 and want to dive back into Tris’ world to get ready for book number three! Anyone else out there excited for Allegiant?

Happy Reading!

Lesley ♥

Book Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell



Confession: This was my first book review for this blog, but it was posted somewhere else and kind of hidden. Now that I kind of (?) have this blogging thing figured out, I am posting it here, so readers can actually see it. Thanks for being patient.

About the book:

Lincoln O’Neill works the late shift at a newspaper, but his job is far from the front lines of reporting. Lincoln is the paper’s newest Internet security officer and has been hired to monitor his coworkers’ emails. Every night, in what might be the easiest job in existence, he looks through the flagged email folder and starts reading. For what, he’s not exactly sure, so Lincoln just follows his Y2K paranoid boss Greg’s orders. Two names seem to keep popping up in the flagged folder – Jennifer and Beth.

These two friends know that their employers monitor their computers, but their work days still consists of gossipy emails about the office and talking about their own personal lives. Jennifer is married with a husband who wants to start a family like yesterday, and Beth fills in Jennifer with details of her relationship with her brooding rocker boyfriend, Mitch. Lincoln knows he should report Jennifer and Beth for the personal emails, but he doesn’t. Instead he keeps reading.

Meanwhile, Lincoln’s own life is seemingly on pause. He is still getting over a bad breakup from college (which was two master degrees ago) and has been avoiding life ever since. He lives with his mom who may be the original “helicopter parent” and sometimes goes to his weekly D&D game to socialize with quite a cast of characters. Through the process of reading Beth and Jennifer’s emails and ultimately getting tangled in their lives, Lincoln learns about loss, love and more importantly, living.

My Thoughts:

I liked this book A LOT. The premise of a twenty eight year old guy reading the email of two female best friends made me laugh over and over. I think about the texts my friends and I send back and forth throughout the day… who knew there was the potential for a novel right in front of me? Seriously though, Lincoln, Beth and Jennifer’s story is fantastic – if Friends would have been an hour long dramedy taking place in a Midwestern newspaper office with less self absorbed characters and voiceovers of funny and sometimes gut wrenching emails, that’s what this book would be. Author Rainbow Rowell is pretty much a master at writing dialogue and character interaction (See Eleanor & Park). About midway I found myself rooting for all of the characters – even Justin, Doris, the Y2K kids, and most importantly, in true love.

I think a YA audience and older readers would like this book. It’s definitely a GREAT book club book for summer.

Now that I’ve read both Eleanor & Park and Attachments I am very eager to read Rowell’s Fangirl. It looks really, really good and I know that Rowell’s readers will continue to be impressed with her work.

Have you read Attachments? What did you think?