I had a fabulous reading week full of inspirational reads that put me in school year planning mode. I also spent the day earlier this week following along with the #edmodcon sessions. I got some spectacular ideas about how to amp up my use of Edmodo this year. I am really excited to participate in Global Read Aloud this year, but I am trying to figure out whether I will read Out of My Mind or Stupid Fast with my 8th graders. I am leaning more towards using Stupid Fast.
Books I Finished This Week:
Dexter in The Dark by Jeff Lindsay is the third book in the series about Dexter. I absolutely love this television show so when I saw that it was based on books I looked for them. The book is written in the same kind of tone as the narration on the show and I really enjoyed reading it. I will be looking for more books from this series in the future. This is one I would only recommend to adults, but if you are a fan of mysteries it is one to check out.
Sue Grafton will be at the literary seminar in January and my sister and I are going to try to get through as much of the alphabet as we can before then. I really enjoyed reading the first book in this series. If you love mysteries, you will like these.
The Dodgeball Chronicles (Knights of the Lunch Table, #1) by Frank Cammuso is a really cute graphic novel. My students will really like it. I love the play on the words of the names in the book and the nod to Aurthurian legend. I will definitely look for the other books in this series to add to my class library.
I have been thoroughly intrigued by all the discussions of this graphic novel on Twitter. When I saw the book at Half Price Books I just had to snatch it up. I read this one basically in one sitting. Richard Feynman was an incredibly amazing man and I was so fascinated by his story. I will be looking for other books about this great physicist soon. I highly recommend the graphic novel to teens and adults.
Middle Grade/Young Adult
We Are Not Eaten By Yaks by C. Alexander London is a cute book for middle grade readers. I would recommend this one to fans of The Series of Unfortunate Events. The adventure and narration are similar and would definitely appeal to that audience. I enjoyed this cute story and definitely think upper elementary students would enjoy it.
I was really excited when I found Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby in the clearance section at Half Price Books. I know that this book is a favorite book of Kellee Moye and I was really looking forward to reading it. Oh. My. God. This book is AMAZING! I read it in one sitting on a morning when I was not planning to read for so long. And I cried the whole time. This is a touching and beautiful story and will definitely inspire young people to think about their world in a new way. I completely understand why it is one of Kellee's favorites and it has now become one of my favorites too.
Penny Kittle is a genius. She has great professionalism and her books inspire me to be the best I can be too. Write Beside Me helped me think about the structures I have in place in my classroom and plan for what I will change this year. I am so glad I picked this one up.
This book is so inspirational! I will definitely be going back to it again and again for ideas while lesson planning.
I cannot express how much inspiration these two books gave me this week. I will be posting a blog post later this week about the ideas that came from reading these books.
Books I am Currently Reading:
I started reading Opening Minds by Peter Johnston. I am planning to do a small unit about mindsets at the beginning of the year and I knew that this book would have some inspiration about this idea. I also started reading Spilling Ink and Jellicoe Road. I am still listening to Shadow and Bone.
I will be reading the third Gallagher Girls book this week because I have a digital library loan that came through. It is ahead of the schedule for the Gallagher Girls readathon, but I am reading them as I get them. I will also probably read the next Sue Grafton book. After that, I will look at what I have on the shelves and on the Kindle. I made a decision that I would only read books off my shelf for now. I am going to try to resist buying books or going to the library for a little while because I have so many books to read that I already own.
What did you read this week? Do you have any recommendations? Please share in the comments.