Books I Finished This Week:
I really enjoyed Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue. The entire Origami Yoda series is so much fun. The rebel alliance continues to make waves in this book. I highly recommend the series.
I definitely will recommend the Infinity Ring series to my students (especially any students who really liked The 39 Clues series). The adventures remind me somewhat of The Magic Tree House, because they are traveling through history to fix some anomalies. It is science fiction because the world of the protagonists is vastly different from ours because of the anomalies in historical events. These are fast-paced books and I enjoy reading them.
Middleworld by Jon Voelkel is the first book in the Jaguar Stones series. It is an adventure book about Maya artifacts and temples. This book reminded me of City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende. The american kid,who is completely in love with the materialistic society, ends up in the middle of nowhere and scrambling to stay alive. There is some magic that happens and he ends up believing in some of the legends. This book would be a good one for fans of Rick Riordan. I highly recommend this book and will be looking for the other books in the series.
Crafting Digital Writing by Troy Hicks is brimming with excellent ideas and resources for teachers to do more digital writing in their workshops. I really liked the ideas in this book and it really got me thinking about how to incorporate technology into our every day lives in the classroom. I already have my students blogging, but this book brought so many more ideas. I was especially interested in the idea of creating more audio texts. I am going to look for his first book The Digital Writing Workshop as well.
Books I am Currently Reading:
I am reading El misterio de la cripta embrujada by Eduardo Mendoza. I also picked up two books about writing to inspire me. I am reading Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and Escaping into the Open by Elizabeth Berg. I also started Gulp! by Mary Roach and a memoir of a man who went back to his summer camp for one last summer working there before he got married. I also started re-reading Reading in the Wild. It is because of this scattered reading that I did not finish much last week.
My goal this week is to continue with the books I have already started. I will most likely grab some middle grade titles to go along with these books as well. I will also continue to write more.