Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sunday Update #2

There are a number of awesome Sunday-ish memes. I'm posting my books hauls with an emphasis on library finds, reviewing my reading and reviewing from the previous week, and stating my goals for the upcoming week.
My Library Haul
* A fourth grader at my school has read all of the How to Train Your Dragon books and recommended them highly. I love love love the movie, so I'm giving the books a go. 
* I've been looking forward to Gulp and The Water Castle for ages. Mary Roach is a terrific nonfiction writer! 
* I only recently heard about The Screaming Staircase, but it looks so awesome that I moved it up on my TBR list. 
* And The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is the winning book from Classics Spin #5 sponsored by The Classics Club. For this challenge, I need to finish it by April 2.

Other Book Loot
I scored some new digital ARCs from negalley this week that I can't wait to read:

Many thanks to Penguin Young Reader's Group for the eARC of The Well's End by Seth Fishman. It will be published on February 25th and is billed as a "high stakes, fast paced adventure." It's a YA novel set at a boarding school under quarantine. Something strange is killing people at the school in gruesome ways...  I've already started reading it, so keep an eye out for a review to come in the next 2 weeks.
My students and I are so excited about the next Spirit Animals book, Blood Ties by Garth Nix and Sean Williams. We all agreed that Hunted was better than book 1, so we have high hopes for this new one. It will be published on March 25th. I can't wait to tell my students that I have the ARC. They will be so jealous! Many thanks for Scholastic and look for a review to be posted in early March.
Books Read Last Week
* Cress by Marissa Meyer ~ The fabulous new Lunar Chronicles book (Cinder and Scarlet were first). I absolutely loved it! There was a lot of "castle intrigue," which you know is a favorite of mine.
* The Eighth Day by Dianne K. Salerni ~ What if there was a secret extra day between Wednesday and Thursday? I gave this new book 5 stars!
* Doll Bones by Holly Black ~ It got so much buzz in 2013, but the premise didn't appeal to me. Then it won a Newberry Honor and I picked it up at the library. I'm so glad that I did.
* Isle of Swords by Wayne Thomas Batson ~ I was disappointed by this clunky pirate novel. 

Reading Plans for the Week
* Finish Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby ~ Our current audiobook. We're about halfway through this intriguing historical Viking mystery.
* Read Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein ~ There seem to be a lot of people who both love and hate this book. I'm intrigued.
* Finish The Well's End by Seth Fishman ~ I started this digital ARC last night and I'm already 20% into it. So far it's very intense.
* Start Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives by Peter H. Johnston ~ I loved his book Choice Words which is about teacher language in the classroom. This one is more directly linked to how teacher language impacts students's social, emotional, and moral development. Fascinating!

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