This one was totally different than what I was expecting, and it had me guessing until the end. I am not normally one for spooky books or psychological thrillers, but it is Halloween time, so I went with it. Glad I did!
Current situation: it is parent conference day. Out of about 190 students I teach, I have TWO parents scheduled for a meeting. It‘s a great opportunity to get some work done, but I am getting distracted by Litsy and deciding what book to read next. 😁
This wasn‘t what I had expected but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I have always loved history, but as I get older, I am finding myself more interested in the aftermath of historical events and how people dealt with them. In this case, the focus was the lives of a Vietnamese family after fleeing Vietnam prior to the end of the war. These types of experiences are unfortunately not found in textbooks.
Super early flight this morning ( being at the airport at 3am = no lines at security! 😊). My hold for Small Spaces came in at the library yesterday afternoon, so I should be able to keep myself occupied for awhile!
This book compiled oral histories of school shooting victims, starting with Santa Fe and working backwards to 1966 and the mass shooting that took place at the University of Texas. The most shocking thing about reading this was realizing how many school shootings have happened that I either don‘t remember or didn‘t even know about. Many of the survivors, regardless of which event, talked about how as soon as they mentioned their connection 👇👇👇
My anxiety has really bad over the past few months, and I began talking to my 2 sisters-in-law about it. I found out that we are in the same situation, at varying levels, which stinks but is also comforting in a way. When I got home yesterday, I had 2 packages waiting for me- a book from each sister-in-law that they found helpful. Books always make things better. 😊❤️
YES!!! This book—-wow. It was dark and quirky and powerful. The last chapter made me want to run around yelling “Smash the patriarchy!!” ✊🏻✊🏻✊🏻
Regardless of the content I‘m supposed to be teaching, every year, I spend a day on 9/11. The kids are always interested and ask where I was when it happened. But this year, for the first time, I had a few kids who were tired of hearing about that day. They were very respectful about it, but I get it. They were not alive- I may as well be talking about the War of 1812. That‘s why books like this are so important. 👇👇👇
My husband and I are huge Jeopardy fans and watch it pretty much every night. I feel brilliant when I‘m able to answer Final Jeopardy correctly. 😁 So I had to read this book. It was good- but not as much about the author‘s Jeopardy experience as it was his life and relationships. That said- it was a good read.
A graphic novel I picked up on a whim, and was glad I did. This is a memoir of a young boy who has to move from the US to Saigon in the early years of the Vietnam War. His father is a Vietnamese diplomat and becomes the personal interpreter to the Prime Minister of South Vietnam. It was fascinating to read of his experiences.
Set in 1969, Bets is trying to understand the changes she has seen in her father since his return from Vietnam. When her friend Emmie sends her a ticket to Woodstock, Bets decides to drive from California to NY with Emmie as a way of escaping her problems at home.
I really enjoyed this one- and realized that it is the sequel to a book called Miss E.—so I immediately ordered that one from Amazon. 😁
I really enjoyed this one- flew through it in about 2 days. Adding Laura K. Denton‘s other books to my TBR! 😊
I started this school year feeling more underprepared and overwhelmed than I ever have in 15 years of teaching. I love teaching, but I am hoping that this year is my last in the classroom. 😕 My anxiety is out of control. How do I deal with all of this? Lock myself in my room and disappear into a book. 😊 This one is really good so far!!
Today was the first day of school with students. I‘ve been back at school for 2 weeks. This year‘s opening has kicked my butt. I was SO excited to be able to open my #highfivetosummer package when I got home! @Meaw_catlady thank you so much!! Hopper is truly the way to my ❤️. I love everything!! Thanks @JoScho for organizing! 😘
I wish I had know how this book would impact me. Reading at the library and trying not to sob in public! It‘s excellent so far.
1. Gummies- not sour! Or the fruity icebreaker mints
2. I ❤️ almost every coffee flavor, but don‘t like fruit flavored coffee.
3. Coconut, ocean or lilac candles
4. 2 cats and a greyhound
5. Other than reading, watching Penn State football and Cubs baseball, and spending time with my family!
6. Pearl Jam and Penn State
7. Blue or hot pink
8. Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and Stranger Things
Not book related at all, but I highly recommend the PBS American Experience special on Woodstock. So uplifting and upbeat- total palate cleanser from the news and gave me a bit of hope. ✌🏻 ☮️
This is a graphic novel I picked up at #ALA2019. I really wanted to love it. Alas...
It was an interesting idea for a story and there were some good themes that were introduced. However, I don‘t think there was enough development of the story,those themes and the backgrounds of the characters.
This was really well done, and I would like to use it with my students. It is so important that people learn about the Third Reich and how the Nazis came to power, but it is just as important to learn about people who did what they could to RESIST. Anxious to read book 2.
I will start by saying that this book redeemed itself a bit towards the end, even though I predicted most of what happened pretty early on. I just couldn‘t convince myself to root for Elouise- she came off as super selfish and inconsiderate. It wasn‘t a horrible book, but I didn‘t like it nearly as much as I‘d hoped.
Date night means a trip to our favorite indie bookstore—and I‘m a firm believer in never leaving a book store empty handed!! 😁
I can‘t remember the last time I was awake until 1am finishing a book, but that is exactly what I did with this one. I ❤️‘d this book. Emmy reminded me so much of Anne Shirley and Anne of Green Gables. There were multiple times where I was laughing out loud, as well as many parts that made me cry. Also- I found it fascinating to read about the lives of Londoners during the Blitz—-I definitely want to find more books that focus on that.
Well- if I wasn‘t already fired up about the state of our country prior to reading this, I am now!! Excellent read. The book is a compilation of essays Kendzior had published for Al Jazeera, so there are times that some of the things she writes about can seem a bit repetitive—-but they SHOULD be, because they are important!! 👇👇👇👇
Really enjoyed this one. Brynn reminded me of a lot of my students. It was refreshing to read a book that showed how high schools very often show favoritism towards the Honors kids and, intentionally or not, put them on pedestals. Honors doesn‘t mean “better”. Dear Rachel Maddow also made me better understand WHY some students may just stop trying, when they feel like they may never succeed.