It’s Summer, What are You Reading?

Yep.  It’s that time again.  Summertime!  And of course, as a teacher, it means I have time to READ!!  Ok, I am reading all the time, but this is prime sit-and-read-a-whole-book-in-one-sitting time!  So, I thought I’d share what I’ve been reading with you, and then I’d love to hear from you about what you’d suggest!

What I’ve read…

What I’m reading…

In my TBR pile…

Is there anyone who ever has time to read everything in their TBR pile?  I have the problem that mine keeps getting taller (from great suggestions) before it gets shorter (by me finishing something)!  It is totally silly, but at this point it’s up to my knees! See?

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Oh, wait–you probably want to see the spines…here’s another version (sans me!):


Bets on how long it’ll take?  I’m sure there’s a great math opportunity in there somewhere, but I’ll save that for another day!

Ok, now it’s your turn! What are you reading?  What do you suggest I read? 🙂


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (2)

You know, guilt accountability is a crazy thing.  Now that I’ve made the commitment to actually write about my IMWAYR, I feel pressure to do more reading and want to have new, exciting things to share each week.  That being said, I have to admit: I haven’t read a thing since last Monday. Not. A. Thing.

Ok, now I did take a fabulous trip to the library with good intentions, and I did gather a really great pile of things that I could read….but somehow I was busier this week.  I know, I know–lame excuses.  😦

So I guess instead of It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, this is my “It’s Monday! Here’s What I Really Want to Read” list:

IMG_0831Ok, so both Hidden and Will at the Battle of Gettysburg 1863 are both Mark Twain Nominees that I still want to read so I can share with my new readers.  Hold Fast and Three Times Lucky are both titles I’ve read about from my friends on Twitter, and Letters From Hillside Farm looked like another great historical fiction title that could possibly be incorporated into Social Studies or used in small groups or read aloud.

IMG_0832So what I’m really excited about from my library trip this week are the titles I picked up that are NOT middle grade novels that I might use at school.  After reading The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller recently, I was challenged to do more reading that was just for me, or just because.  Maybe even an adult fiction title or two.  It feels a little weird, because it’s a kind of reading that is new to me, but I know it’s important as I build my identity as a reader–which will spill over into my connections with and recommendations for readers in my room.   These are suggestions from other readers I respect: my friend, Lisa, who reads EVERYTHING and my high school English teacher, Carol Jessen (who I reconnected with on Facebook last week!).  Ms. Jessen suggested the two titles by Ruth Reichl because of the food themes (which I mentioned in my writing about the Mark Twain nominees I’ve read), and they seemed really great.  I hope to be able to share them with Grant (my husband) when I’m done, because he’s definitely both a foodie and a reader and would love that combination.  Bringing up Bebe was on Lisa’s GoodReads list, and is all about how French mothers raise their children.  This is intriguing to me, and I know Lisa loved it (because I’ve heard her talk about it before!), so I figure I will, too.  The last one is about another recent interest of mine–local, organic, healthy eating.

Now, all I need is time just to sit this week.  Maybe I can squeeze out a few last days of summer break to get it all done??

Have you read any of these books?  What did you think?  Have you read The Book Whisperer?  How has it changed you as a reader or a teacher?  I’d love to hear from you.  Please leave your comments!


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

So I’ve been checking out #IMWAYR for a while, and even talk about it with my students, but haven’t officially done anything with it on my own blog.  What??  Weird, right?  So I guess unofficially the post from earlier today about what I’ve been reading this summer counts (thanks for the reminder, Jenn Fountain!), right?  And somehow, in the excitement of writing my first blog post in FOREVER, I forgot another book I’ve read.  Well heard.

Screen Shot 2013-07-22 at 10.53.35 AM Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath

Again the theme of parentless children and food comes to play in this story of a girl named Primrose, whose parents have been lost at sea and who is trying to find her place in the world.  She goes to live with her Uncle Jack, and spends her time with Miss Bowser at The Girl on the Red Swing, a diner in town where everything is served on a waffle.  Like the other food-missing-parent-child-trying-to-find-themselves books I’ve read this summer, the spunk and “realness” of the character of Primrose made this story interesting and fast-paced.  If I had been reading it (rather than listening to it!), it would have been a page-turner for sure!

In the “what I’m going to read category,” I’ve just had no less than 4 new titles suggested to me in just the last hour or so.  I hope to catch Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller, as well as Reading Ladders and Igniting a Passion for Reading by Steven Layne (thanks for the suggestions, Heidi Ford), then Tender at the Bone and Comfort Me with Apples by Ruth Reichl (both suggested by a beloved teacher I just reconnected with on Facebook–Carol Jessen 🙂 ).  Then, if I have any time left before the craziness that is August starts, I KNOW I can find a great recommendation from my friend Lisa, who reads the most fabulous books and tells me all about them.  Maybe I should save her list for next week…:)