Monday, November 23, 2009

Latest AR read -- "Sold" by Patricia McCormick. Good story... intense ideas... the concept that a teenage girl can still be SOLD by her family somewhere in this world is horrifying.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

I have two students reading My Sister's Keeper. The movie version has increased the demand for the novel!!! :)
School is under way and my reading time has been severely shortened!!!! :(

I have read Jennifer Weiner's Good in Bed, it's sequel - Certain Girls, Little Earthquakes, and The Guy Not Taken, a short story collection Jennifer has written over several years.

I have Goodnight Nobody and In Her Shoes ready to go ... I'm anxious to read them!!!

I love Weiner's writing voice -- easy to read -- and her characters all seem like people I know.

School reading has included the first selections from our chapter of early American writings (Anne Bradstreet, Patrick Henry, George Washington) and the freshmen tackled The Cask of Amontillado and The Most Dangerous Game. They are all great selections to read and re-read each year. :)

My students are fantastic and even though a few are "repeaters" for me ( I taught them in a previous English class) , they have been working hard and showing their increased skills. :)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

I'm reading the Jennifer Weiner books... not recommended for young eyes :)

I have students anxious to read "My Sister's Keeper" after watching the movie! Jodi Piccoult's books are ALL fantastic reads!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Slob didn't set my heart afire :) It would be a good AR read but high school readers will find the plot too predictable.

My other reading of the day was my Family Circle magazine while waiting for 45 mins. with Tyler in the exam room at the doctor's office. :)

Monday, July 27, 2009

"Waiting for Normal" was good... it will be a good recommendation for middle school and high school readers.

Now reading "Slob" by Ellen Potter.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

"Waiting For Normal" by Leslie Connor - the title of the new read...
completed my re-read of "Time Traveler's Wife"... A second read is always good b/c you can clear possible confusion about plot or characters (and this book has plenty of that)... I'm not sure I will recommend to high school readers... I think you have to be older to appreciate the relationship of Henry and Clare.

The great part of my job is I can spend an hour immersed in a book and call it "working" :)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

re-reading "Time Traveler's Wife"... still as good as I remembered it to be... I need a copy of my own OR a Kindle :)

Friday, July 24, 2009

I finished the "Teenage Amnesiac". Good book, if not a tad predictable.

Jake and I went to the library and picked up some movies (Jake) and books (Mom). I found "Time Traveler's Wife" on the shelf so I thought I'd review the plot before I possibly go see the movie.

Another book I've read this summer was loaned to me by Teresa Simpson -- "The Richest Man in Town" by VJ Smith. It's the non-fiction story of a Wal-Mart greeter in Brookings SD. Marty believed that having followed 3 simple tenets (relationships matter most in life, try to do a little more, and only you can make you happy) during his lifetime made him the "richest man" in town. If you want to read the book, I have a copy you may borrow, but you have to promise to sign the back pages when you finish it :)

Neat story of how I got my book... I went to the author's website,,
and ordered a copy. The last page gave me an order number but told me my credit card authorization had failed. I called the number on the website. Since it was Friday July 3rd, I was expecting the phone to ring at an empty publishing house. I was shocked when the author answered the phone at his home! Mrs. Smith helped resolve my issue and told me she would send the book out ASAP and I "could just send a check when I got the book". :) The book arrived in my mailbox on Monday July 6th. What service!!! So please take a minute and read some of the info on his website... what a wonderful story!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

What I'm reading...

I'm reading "Memoirs of A Teenage Amnesiac" by Gabrielle Zevin. So far, so good! I saw a movie trailer for "Time Traveler's Wife" last night on TV. The book, by Audrey Niffenegger, was excellent. Hope the movie will be as good!

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