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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 11/13/17

13 Nov

I must say, I kicked butt reading this week and boy does it feel good! Work has slowed down a little bit and with few evening commitments and a cell phone sitting in a bag of rice (phones + toilets don’t mix), I read more than I have in a long time. I finished not only what I had planned, but a few extra titles as well!

  • Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
  • The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue
  • The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla
  • The Someday Suitcase by Corey Ann Haydu
  • Long Way Done by Jason Reynolds
  • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
  • The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie

I’m hoping to continue my reading streak (as I’m behind where I want to be for the year!) with the following titles:

  • Me and Marvin Gardens by A.S. King
  • Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson
  • Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry
  • The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • See You In the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
  • Patina by Jason Reynolds
  • Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dust Bowling
  • Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar

I think this list is super ambitious for the week, but I’ve been trying to catch up with some titles that I keep hearing about on Twitter and on other blogs, so what I don’t get to this week, I’ll work on next week as well! What are you reading lately?


Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR


Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Love

22 Mar

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday official title is: Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough/In A While.  I decided to head over to Young Adult (since I don’t get to talk about these books as much as I’d like!)

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  1. Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom
  2. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

  3. The Trajedy Papers by Elizabeth Laban
  4. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  5. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  6. Ripper by Stefan Petrucha
  7. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
  8. Jackaby by William Ritter
  9. Serafina by Rachel Hartman
  10. The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.


16 Feb


Definitely take time to check out the amazing list of CYBILS winners for 2015!  This was the first time I’ve been a part of an award committee and although it was a lot of work, it was great working with librarians, teachers, and bloggers who all care as much as I do about the books being published for children.  I was a Round 1 judge for Elementary and Middle Grade Non-fiction and it was not easy – a ton of submissions and a lot of conversation happened!  But, I am so happy with the winner – I, Fly: The Buzz About Flies and How Awesome They Are!

Book Apps

Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System
by Minilab Ltd
Minilab Ltd

Fiction Picture Books

Sidewalk Flowers
by JonArno Lawson
Groundwood Books

Easy Readers

Ling & Ting: Twice as Silly (Passport to Reading, Level 3: Ling & Ting)
by Grace Lin
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Early Chapter Books

Dory and the Real True Friend (Dory Fantasmagory)
by Abby Hanlon
Dial Books


Flutter and Hum / Aleteo y Zumbido: Animal Poems / Poemas de Animales
by Julie Paschkis
Henry Holt

Elementary/Middle Grade


The Blackthorn Key
by Kevin Sands

Graphic Novels

Roller Girl
by Victoria Jamieson
Dial Books


I, Fly: The Buzz About Flies and How Awesome They Are
by Bridget Heos, illustrated by Jennifer Plecas
Henry Holt

Speculative Fiction

The Fog Diver
by Joel Ross

Young Adult


Every Last Word
by Tamara Ireland Stone

Graphic Novels

by Noelle Stevenson


Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War
by Steve Sheinkin
Roaring Brook Press

Speculative Fiction

The Walls Around Us
by Nova Ren Suma
Algonquin Young Readers

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