My first time reading Maggie Smith. She‘s got quite a way with words. ❤️
Reread this one in preparation for Run: Book One. Loved it just as much as the first time. John Lewis was an incredible leader. This was my August #BookSpin pick.
Like Junie, Darius shows courage as he navigates through life with clinical depression. On his first trip to Iran, he embraces the opportunity to learn about friendship, his family, and his cultural heritage. I loved the gentle pace of this book. This was my September #BookSpin pick.
I‘m a little late with this post, but I wanted to thank @sprainedbrain and the #pemberlittens for inspiring me to pick up Persuasion for re-read in August. I loved it just as much as the first time through — when I bought this clock from the Republic of Pemberley website. ❤️
Volume Two of Beverly Cleary‘s memoir was just as delightful as the first! I especially enjoyed hearing about her variety of experiences as a librarian. And I am so glad she pursued her original goal of being a writer. Her memoir ends with the publication of her first book, Henry Huggins. This was my #doublespin pick for August.
How did I not know about Larry Itliong and his leadership & legacy? He would want our young people to know this history — not of his own work, but of the Filipino farm workers and their important role in the labor movement. He was proud of their impact, and humble about his own. Beautiful illustrations helped me understand and visualize the time, places, and people.
I‘m in the mood for some Mary Oliver poems after reading her Handbook. It is addressed to writers of poetry, but she says readers might get a lot out of it as well. I completely agree! Would be a great foundational text for a class on reading or writing poetry.
(This stack is all the books I am currently reading; the Oliver is my first book finished in August.)
We must listen to Greta, our young people, and climate justice activists. Greta is wise, and so are my students in the Youth Activist Book Club. This was one of their two picks for our summer discussions. It was also my July #BookSpin pick.
@JenniferShepard and I are committed to reading all of Shirley Jackson. This first novel impressed me. Lots of characters to track right off the bat, but once I made this map, the story was easy to follow. And so compelling! This was my May #BookSpin pick.
Summer is just beginning for School Librarian Me; June was a busy month. However, I did end up with a bingo, thanks to a row of free spaces on this month‘s board! I‘m in the middle of the tagged book which was my #bookspin pick. I‘ll finish it up this week.
This book had been sitting on my shelf since I saw Billy Collins speak back in the fall of 2016. He‘s pretty wonderful. These poems were such a treat. If you‘re not a poetry fan, I think Billy Collins could make you one. This was my June #doublespin pick.
This beautiful middle grade novel-in-verse was my #DoubleSpin pick for May. It‘s the story of immigrants escaping from danger and trying to find a place of safety. It‘s a story of the natural migration of people. It‘s a story of how our country‘s immigration policies impact families. I‘m so glad I read it. You all should, too. #BookSpinBINGO
So fun to learn about Beverly‘s childhood and teen years. Echoes of Ramona and The Luckiest Girl.
This is a sweet (if dated) introduction to poetry for young people. I can‘t remember where I first heard about it. Reminded me of the children‘s poetry collection my mom would read from to me. 💕
This book is a masterpiece. Thanks to #authoramonth, I finally got around to reading it! It‘s been on my shelf since 2018 when I was fortunate to here Jesmyn Ward speak. I loved the how the siblings cared for one another. I was wondering if my 11th and 12th graders might be as captivated as I was; this book won an Alex Award in 2012, given each year to “ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults.”
This is the second of two books my librarians book club discussed tonight. We all loved it! Historical fiction that turns to action & adventure in Part Two. The author is a Deaf librarian and you can clearly see her love for the fascinating history of this community and for great stories.
Ha! This one was a lot of fun — a perfect spring break read. Definitely not your typical thriller. Now I‘m debating watching the Netflix series. Anyone recommend?
Thanks to @batsy for the intriguing review, which got me to take a look. 👁
I‘m joining the #AwesomeApril Readathon! School starts again on Monday, so I won‘t have a lot of time to read, but think this will be a nice way to remind myself to pause and refresh. My goals:
📚Finish the book I am currently reading (tagged here).
📚Read the six picture books I have checked out from the library.
📚Read two more books from my April #BookSpinBINGO board.
📚Schedule a curbside library pickup.
Thank you for hosting, @Andrew65 !
I really enjoyed this sweet YA novel-in-verse. Great way to tell the MC‘s story, as she was discovering her passion for dance. Looking forward to recommending this one to my students!
This was my #DoubleSpin pick for March.
@TheAromaofBooks , this #BookSpinBINGO thing has inspired me to return every month to Litsy, no matter how busy life gets. Thank you! 💕
I love Satrapi‘s art and her honest stories. Publishing date for my copy is 2005; Persepolis 1 & 2 in 2003 & 2004. After my Litsy time tonight, I‘m going to see if I can figure out what this talented person is currently up to.
This was my #BookSpin pick for March. Thank you for hosting, @TheAromaofBooks !
I read this collection of essays thanks to both #AuthorAMonth and #BookSpinBINGO. Another author I‘ve been meaning to read for a long time! These essays are timely and insightful. I‘m tempted to buy a copy for myself. Will be interesting to read again in five or ten years, remembering this time. I definitely need to read one of Zadie Smith‘s novels now, and I can look at all of the #AAMZS posts for your recs!
This was my #DoubleSpin pick. 😊
I can‘t believe I haven‘t read Zora Neale Hurston until now. Their Eyes is fantastic— and I am looking forward to more. (I got this edition from Quality Paperback Book Club in 1990.)
Thank you @TheAromaofBooks ! This was my #BookSpin pick for February, which encouraged me to pick it up. ❤️
I re-read Persepolis recently because I‘ve been wanting to read Persepolis 2. This one picks up where the first book left off, with Marjane in Austria, learning how to navigate through young adulthood while being separated from her dear parents. Another moving, honest graphic novel/memoir.
I did it! I got another #BookSpinBINGO bingo! I finished two excellent graphic novels (memoirs) today: Hey, Kiddo And Persepolis 2. Reviews to come.