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It’s Monday-What are you reading?

Here we are with another chance to share wonderful books with each other thanks to Jen and Kellee over at Teach Mentor Texts and Sheila over at Book Journey who both sponsor this great meme each week for young adult/children and adult respectively! 🙂

A little bit of this and a little bit of that! That’s what I’ve been reading!

I read my 1st Bad Kitty book and loved it! Too funny!

I FINALLY read a book for ME and not my 6th graders. It 🙂 I am a HUGE Jodi Picoult fan so I bought this one:

Change of Heart

 It was DEEP and GREAT and caused me to be EMOTIONAL at times! Loved it!

I also read PLENTY OF BLOGS about teaching, reading, and fitness! 🙂

I read SEVERAL fitness magazines (seeing as how I have become slightly addicted to the whole running thing!).

What’s on my agenda for this upcoming week? Well, I have started 2 books right now. A Magic Treehouse book (I have never read one!), and a book on running. I also bought ANOTHER Babymouse book! This is another addiction of mine!



It’s Monday-What are you reading?

I can honestly tell you that I’m about to read the back of my eyelids! 🙂

Sorry I haven’t been posting a lot lately-LIFE!:)

 Sheila over at Book Journey hosts the weekly meme for older readers (like me :)) and

Jen and Kellee over at Teach Mentor Texts host the weekly meme for younger readers (like me :)).

My reading last week was sort of slack due to, well, just life in general I guess. I’m training to run a 5k this year-OMG!-and family, training, school, part-time job, is taking up a lot of my time. Don’t get me wrong-it’s a good kind of busy-just busy! 🙂

So last week I read a total of 2 books!

Trouble Don’t Last by Shelley Pearsall

This book seemed to be a true depiction of the underground railroad. It did a great job capturing the emotions of a young slave boy who had run away.

Babymouse #4-Rock Star by Jennifer and Matt Holm

 Do I even need to say anything about this one? If you have been keeping up with me this year, I have found AND fallen in love with Babymouse! Seriously. So I don’t know what I am going to do when I get to #10 and there are no more to read. I guess I’ll have to start hounding Jennifer about writing more! 🙂

I just started Alabama Moon today and love it so far. One of my students, Courdarious, has been reading it and likes it-he’s almost finished with it. Moon is a young boy that has been left alone when his dad dies. The unique situation in this book is that they have been living and hiding out in the woods from the government, so now Moon has nobody to turn to. I can’t wait to get more into the book!

 I hope that when I finish this one, I can read a Diary of a Wimpy Kid book since I have NEVER read one before! Just go ahead and beat me! I know I should have read one since my 6th graders keep all of them checked out constantly! 🙂

And if anyone wants to be generous and do a giveaway of the rest of the Babymouse books, I will gladly lay down in the middle of the road enter the giveway! 🙂

Have a super week! Oh, yeah-I have lost 14 pounds since December 27th! Woohoo!

It’s Monday-What are you reading?

It’s another great Monday-well, as great as Mondays can be and since today we are out of school for the MLK holiday, uh it’s pretty great! 🙂


These are 2 wonderful memes hosted by Sheila at Book Journey and Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts. Sheila hosts the adult one and Jen and Kellee host the kids’ book meme.

Read last week

I have to say that I didn’t end up reading too awful much last week since we were back in school for a full week, and I have gotten into this fitness kick (yes, I am “trying” to train for a 5k). BUT-I did read everyday-just not “quite” as much as during winter break!

Mockingjay-Suzanne Collins-OMG!OMG! I finished The Hunger Games trilogy. I miss Katniss, Gale, Peeta, Prim, and the others. It was the best trilogy ever!!! I’m going to go ahead and admit that I have never read a trilogy before. I know-shocking. But, if I had read a trilogy before, I know it would still be the best one ever! 🙂

Run Your Butt Off-Editors of Runner’s World– This is the 1st informational type of book I have read in a looooong time. 2 weeks ago I started the C25k training program which is supposed to take me from being a couch potato to running a 5k in 9 weeks. 🙂 We’ll see. But I am determined-especially since my DH(darling husband is what that is “supposed” to stand for) told me I wouldn’t be able to do it. Oh, it’s on now! Today will start my 3rd week of training. So I thought that I needed SOME moral support and bought this book to help me. It was a great read. Very informal AND informative. Of course, it also talks A LOT about what we eat (and believe me when I say I LOVE TO EAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). I had already decided when I started training that I was NOT going to stop eating, just train. But, do you know how hard it is to jog/walk 30 minutes (briskly) when you have eaten a lot that day???? Well, pretty hard. So yes-I am watching mainly how much I eat. Great read.

Babymouse#3-Beach Babe-Jennifer and Matt Holms-Raise your hand if you love Babymouse. I do, I do, I do, I do!!! I can’t get enough of her! So I broke down and bought the 3rd book-Beach Babe. And the great thing is that my reluctant (RELUCTANT) 6th grade readers love her, too. Finally, something they enjoy reading. 🙂 I’m just going to have to log in some more hours with my part-time job and buy the rest of them. Seriously. She CRACKS ME UP.

So besides magazines, blogs, blogs, blogs, and more blogs, that is all that I read last week.

Here’s what’s on the agenda for this week:

I’ve never read any of Roland Smith‘s books (even though I have a basket full of them in my classroom). I’ve read the 1st chapter so far and like it.

Other than this one, I don’t really have a plan for my reading this week. My week is pretty full, so I’ll just grab whatever catches my eye. Just so you know HOW full my week is, I’ll break it down for you.

Monday-1.take my car to get an estimate for the STUPID DEER that hit me last night coming back from my brother-in-law’s house-STUPID DEER-STUPID DEER……2. Train 3. Zumba (YEA, someone is starting a zumba class and it’s ONLY 9 miles from where we live!!!) and grade tests from Friday(lots of tests) 2. Train 3. Zumba

Wednesday-1. school and grade tests from Friday (still more tests) 2. Train 3. Eat mexican with my bestie, my daughter, and my bestie’s daughter(weekly thing!)

Thursday-1. school and will STILL be grading tests from Friday 2. Train 3. School board meeting

Friday-1. school 2. Leaving to go to Birmingham for a weekend AEA conference 🙂

Saturday-1. Conference

Sunday-1. Conference

Of course, all of the usual stuff thrown in there, too. Cook. Laundry. Errands. Try to clean house. Try to avoid cleaning house. Spend time with family. Blog. And finally-READ! 🙂

Have a great week! Oh, and check out my 2 other blogs about reading and fitness. 🙂


It’s Monday-What are you reading?

I have joined up with some other bloggers with this weekly meme about what I have read this past week and what is on my reading horizon for the upcoming week. Take a look by visiting my reading blog:

This reading meme is done each Monday and gives everyone a change to find some really good books. Or bad ones as well. 🙂

It’s Monday-What Are You Reading?

A little late, but so worth it! 🙂

 It’s Monday, December 26, 2011-What are you reading? This weekly meme is hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey.

You can also check out a link up for this meme at this fabulous blog by Jen and Kellee-Teach Mentor Texts. Or hop over to Page In Training to check out her reads.

Have I got some books for you from this past week!!!!

And not in any particular order: Breadcrumbs, The Future of Us, Clementine and the Family Meeting, My Weird School#2, A Monster Calls, Bigger Than a Breadbox

 Breadcrumbs was a magical book written with beautiful and vivid language that made me feel as if I was there with Hazel in the snow. A full length review will be coming later this week. For now, just let me say that I was whisked away on an enchanted journey with Hazel as she searched for her best friend and what he USED to be! I’m not a big fan of fantasy, but this book won me over.

This one, The Future of Us, can be marked down as an all time favorite of mine. I could connect to the references to technology from the 90’s perspective-they even made me laugh out loud. I LOVED that even though the book was centered around teenage lives, there was no meanness or bullying or any of that kind of stuff that makes your stomach turn! 🙂 This book DOES have some mature content so while my 17 year old daughter could read it (and is by the way and loving it), my 6th graders will NOT touch it! 🙂

 What can I say about this book, A Monster Calls? It was a great read. A deep one. An emotional one. A powerful one. This story deals with grief, sadness, and guilt through the heart of a young boy. The illustrations throughout the book really bring the story to life. It’s a book that I’m glad I read and would read again but be forewarned: You need to have a lighthearted book waiting for you after this one. 🙂

In fact, here is a great lighthearted book to read after A Monster Calls! Clementine and The Family Meeting. Or any Clementine book for that matter! Clementine is my new best friend with her quirkiness, funniness, and her sense of self. Now I’m just waiting on the next one-and there better be a next one! A must read for all kids!

 I wanted to read this one, My Weird School#2-Mr. Klutz is Nuts, to see how I would recommend this series to my 6th graders that need simple stories to keep them engaged. It was a funny, simple, wacky tale of school. Mr. Klutz, the principal, really was nuts! 🙂 I am going to shove put this book into the hands of some of my reluctant readers when we come back from break.

Bigger Than a Breadbox-I JUST finished this one. And LOVED it! Rebecca is dealing with a new home, a new town, a new school, AND a separation of her parents. This is a realistic fiction book mixed with fantasy, and I have to say that is my kind of book. Laurel Snyder did a fantastic job of writing a story that would resonate with kids-a little bit of magic with a big dose of an issue that affects a lot of them. Look for a lengthy book review later this week, but go right now to your nearest bookstore and BUY THIS BOOK AND READ IT! 🙂

So those are the books that I read last week-I did good didn’t I? Now on the agenda-this is the hard part because I will select several books that I want to read and then change my mind so don’t hold me to it-but I think I’ll be delving into:

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm

Ivy + Bean by Annie Barrows

True by Katherine Hannigan

And hopefully a couple of adult books since I have won SEVERAL from some giveaways on and

Check back with me next Monday to see if I stayed true to my word OR if I changed my mind completely-I’m prone to doing that!! 🙂