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

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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.

I’m back! The beginning of this school year has been a whirlwind and I am just getting under my feet. I wasn’t finding the time to read at the end of August, but I’ve since managed to read a few books to share with all of you.

Here’s what I’ve read during the past 2 weeks:

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

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The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater
Scholastic Press, September 27, 2013
YA Fantasy
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
I was lucky enough to read an ARC of The Dream Thieves on Net Galley. I really want to write a review of this one, but have been struggling to find the words to describe this awesome, thought provoking book.

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Winger by Andrew Smith
Simon & Schuster, 2013
YA Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
Pretty good coming of age story, but not sure what all the fuss is about.

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Left Drowning by Jessica Park
Skyscape, 2013
New Adult
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
Interesting story with intertwining plot lines… Still not as good as Flat Out Love.

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Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg
Point, 2013
YA Realistic Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
Funny and cute story by a favorite author.

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The Transfer: A Divergent Story (Divergent 0.1) by Veronica Roth
Katherine Tegan Books, 2013
YA Dystopian Science Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
Four’s Choosing Ceremony and initiation. LOVED.

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The Raft by S.A. Boden
Feiwel and Friends, 2012
YA Adventure
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
Suspenseful – held my attention until the very end.

My favorite read of the week….

I think The Dream Thieves is so well written and interesting. There were so many times where I went back and reread parts and wished I had a paper copy so I could underline passage after passage. I cannot wait to see where the series goes next. I also really liked The Transfer, even though it was only 30 pages long. I will read any story with these characters.

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

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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)

prodigy

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)

join the club

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.

digital writing

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 ♥