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July Reading Recap

Masterpieces in Miniature by Agatha Christie

Teaching the Neglected “R” by Thomas Newkirk and Richard Kent

13 at Dinner by Agatha Christie

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

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I Love Young Adult Literature and I Think It’s Important

Anyone who’s been to the library or a bookstore with me knows I love Young Adult Literature. It’s the section I automatically gravitate towards. It’s not that I don’t appreciate and love children’s book and the books found in the “grown up” section because I do. But there’s something magical about YAL that keeps bringing me back. Here are a few, more concrete, contributing factors:

  1. I work in a middle school/high school environment. I want to know what my kids are reading, and I want to be able to make book recommendations.
  2. It’s GOOD WRITING. And when one chooses to read, shouldn’t they choose something that’s well-written?
  3. These aren’t fluff books. They have real characters that deal with real problems. And dealing with the real is awesome and so important.

These are just some of the reasons I love YAL. I think it’s so important for young adults to have books that contain characters and situations they can connect with. I will always be a proponent of this branch of literature.

BB

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June Reading Recap

June was a light reading month. With the end of the school year, my brother’s high school graduation, a family vacation, and my continued job search, I most definitely dropped the ball on reading. That being said, this is what I managed to read:

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oates

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May’s Reading Recap

As happens every month, I’ve read a lot of books. Some of them have been for pleasure, and others have been more work based. I want to share with you what I’ve read, and I’d love to hear what you’ve been reading! (Books I read for pleasure are in pink, books for work are in green.)

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Patillo Beals

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Scorpion by Walter Dean Meyer

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Classroom Library

I am a firm believer in reading. And I am a firm believer that English teachers have an obligation to encourage reading. Not just reading for class, but reading for reading’s sake. I also feel that the best way to encourage reading is to have a classroom library and encourage students to explore it.

I don’t yet have a classroom to call my own, but I hope to in the very near future. In the meanwhile, I’ve been collecting books for my future classroom library whenever possible. I’ve gone through my own store of books and put aside the ones I plan on incorporating. I’ve also been searching for free books whenever possible and stashing away the ones I think I want to include.

Once I’ve secured a classroom of my own I plan on going to the Book Barn. If you’ve never been there you’re definitely missing out. It’s in Niantic, CT, and it’s amazing. There are so so so many books and they are so reasonably priced because they are all used. Used doesn’t mean beat up though. The books are amazing and the selection is unbelievable.

If you have any suggestions for how to build a classroom library, please let me know in the comments. Until then, happy reading!

BB

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Professional Development Lending Library

I am fortunate that in the early stages of my teaching career I’ve had great mentors. I have had wonderful coworkers take me under their wing, give me advice, and guide me as I still have so much to learn. I am grateful to be able to call these wonderful people my friend, and I am grateful for everything that they have taught me and that I’m sure they will teach me.

One of the greatest things I’ve been offered through these mentors is a wealth of professional texts to read. That phrase, professional texts, sounds really stuffy. I’m not talking about anything stuffy. I’m talking about books that talk about grammar and writing and poetry. I’m talking about books that give me ideas about how to teach. I’m talking about books that can help make me my best me.

I wouldn’t have necessarily found these books on my own because I wouldn’t necessarily have known where to look. Maybe at some point I would have stumbled upon them, but that certainly is no guarantee. And I would be woefully lost without some of these books now that I know they exists. (Can you miss something you never had?)

I don’t own any of these books right now. I’ve been fortunate enough to borrow them, take notes on them, make photocopies of pages I don’t want to wait to own myself. I am forever grateful for the coworkers who have been willing to share, and I hope to one day be able to share with the next generation of teachers.

BB

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Book Reflection #2

It’s no secret that I’ve been reading a crazy amount lately. I’ve been going through books like there’s no tomorrow; luckily there continues to be both tomorrow and more books.

Last week I read Eeny Meeny by M. J. Arlidge. It’s a mystery, and I do love mysteries. But this mystery was far darker than what I normally read. Typically I read lighter mysteries. Mysteries with happy people and happier endings. This mystery was dark from page one.

This probably isn’t a book I would have chosen for myself. My brother got it for Christmas and was nice enough to share it with me. He read it first and highly recommended it, and from page one I was hooked. I read it in less than 24 hours because I just had to know what happened.

One of the things I love about this book is that even though it was nearly 400 pages, the chapters were short. Some of them were only a page or two. That allowed for me to read quickly and take in a lot of the story all at once. It’s also part of how I read the book so fast. I moved through the chapters so quickly, and I just had to know what happened next and next and next.

This isn’t the book for everyone. It’s definitely dark and twisty. At the same time, I would definitely recommend it. It kept me completely intrigued and wanting to know more the entire time I was reading. To me, that’s a sign of a good book.

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