I have tried to read a variety of books this past week, from picture books to YA to fun reads for me.
This past week I read:
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
It had been billed as the next Hunger Games. I had lent it to a former student to read and get her opinion. She actually enjoyed it. So did I. There is a sequel - to be out in a few months.
The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dagliesh
One of my favourite units in our grade 3 social studies curriculum is a look at early Native people. I had picked up this book at a yard sale and wanted to see if it was suitable. But the term "Indian" used throughout and some of the negative expressions made me uneasy. So it won't be used in my classroom.
The Stories Julian Tell by Ann Cameron
I picked this up as well and enjoyed the stories by Julian - especially on catalogue cats!
The Beach Club by Elin Hilderbrand
A fun read for me. Interesting characters and how they interact.
The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright
Just finished this yesterday and really enjoyed it. It details the long marriage of Jack and Laurel Cooper and the weekly letters Jack wrote to his wife during their 40 years together, through the eyes of their children, quite a motley crew. There is even a website to upload your own Wednesday Letter.
I am still working on several teacher book clubs and these books take up some of time for reading:
Guiding Readers, The Daily Five, Guided Math, and now, Opening Minds. They have all been worthwhile reading.I will be continuing these books over the next few weeks.
Currently I am reading:
Notebook Know-How; Strategies for the Writer's Notebook by Aimee Buckner
Take Joy; A Writer's Guide to Loving the Craft by Jane Yolen
The Breadwinner Tril0gy by Deborah Ellis
Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin
Hotel on the corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Be sure to check out the great reads here and here.