Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Books I've Read Lately

If you've read my blog for some time now, you'll know that I LOVE books. I love to read and I love to teach Reading! Most of what I read are books for my classroom. My to-do read list currently has 14 titles!
 
I've read a good bit over the last couple of weeks so I wanted to highlight a few of them. Anytime I finish one book, I always do a book talk with my students. Of course, I build it up and then we have so many that want to read it, we have a book drawing! If a book is a "hot item", I give the students two weeks to finish it so that others can read it.
 
I purchased Circus Mirandus recently and read it in one night. It was so, so good. Fantasy usually isn't my favorite genre, but it was a hit for me!
Last year I read Wonder and loved it! Auggie & Me isn't a sequel to Wonder, but it was so good. It is written from the perspective of three people to knew Auggie: 1) Julian - the bully, 2) Christopher - Auggie's oldest friend, and 3) Charlotte - a new friend at school. It was a great read!
Last weekend I stopped at a local thrift store to look through their books. I've gotten so many good books from thrift stores! I got this stack for $6.00. 
As I was reading Donalyn Miller's book, Reading in the Wild, I read a part where her students couldn't believe she hadn't read the classic, Shiloh. I remembered that I'd purchased it at the thrift store and I hadn't read it, either! It was so, so good. I think all students would enjoy this, but I could really see boys enjoying this classic.
Last week I was talking to a parent about books that her son enjoyed when she mentioned he liked The Puppy Place  series. I don't have any in my classroom library so I picked this one up at the thrift store. It was a cute story. Easy reads like this are great for reluctant readers!
Several years ago when Swindle came out, I remember it being a "hot item" in my room. I never read it until this past weekend. Mystery isn't my favorite genre, but I was interested in this novel and enjoyed it. 
What books have you read lately? 

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