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 ♥

It’s Monday! What are you reading? 9/30/13

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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.

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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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
St. Martin’s Press, 2013
YA Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
Oh, how I loved this book. This wasn’t really a surprise because I have loved everything Rainbow Rowell has ever written. Fangirl is smart, funny and the excerpts from the Simon Snow books are fantastic. Definitely did not want this one to end. Great book!

long walk to water

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
Clarion Books, 2010
MG/YA Historical FIction
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
Two parallel stories of life in Sudan, one in 1985, and the other in 2008. Powerful story lines that will have students on the edge of their seats.

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Take 5 For Language Arts by Kaye Hagler
Maupin House, 2011
Professional Development
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
This is a large volume of bell ringers for secondary language arts classrooms that are aligned with the common core and involve a lot of critical thinking. The activities in this book have a  lot of potential and I loved the self assessment for students. I do think, however, that many of the activities would take longer than five minutes, which is not that big of a deal if you have the time to spare. This is a great book for enrichment and critical thinking.

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Reading Poetry in the Middle Grades by Paul Janeczko
Heinemann 2011
Professional Development
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
This is the collection of poems and supplemental activities that I have been searching for to use in my classroom on a regular basis! Janeczko has chosen great poems, and created excellent activities to go with them. I love the Why I Adore This Poem, Meeting the Poem, Getting to Know the Poem, and Knowing the Poem Forever sections. The graphic organizers look promising and easy for students to understand. I really like how a lot of the poems can be used together. This will definitely be used in my classroom.

My reread of the week…

divergent

Last week I decided to reread Divergent and Insurgent in preparation for the release of Allegiant. It was really cool to revisit this book that I loved so much the first time around. It was interesting to be able to picture the characters now that I know who will be playing them in the movie that will hit theaters in March. I have mixed feelings about Allegiant‘s release – I definitely want to know how the story ends, but I am not ready to say goodbye to these characters, especially Four!

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

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Touchblue and Shadow and Bone  were summer finds at the Scholastic Warehouse and our local used bookstore. I found The Coldest GIrl in Coldtown on Kindle for less than $5.00 and I will have to make sure I grab Insurgent from my classroom library before one of my sixth graders gets to it. A lot of the students in the gifted ELA class I am teaching this quarter are really into this series right now and I can’t believe I actually snagged Divergent last week.

Happy Reading!

Lesley ♥