Monday, August 31, 2015

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Monday, August 31, 2015

A new year school starts tomorrow! As I think about the past summer and all the books I've read, my favorite turns out to be one I have read before: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Even though it was written in 1960, it made me think of some of the current news items we hear and read about today. I read it again because I want to read the author's recently released book: Go Set A Watchman, published this summer.

It goes to show that "Good Books never grow old."
Mrs. Zoeller

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Seedfolks by  Paul Fleischman was a nice quick read and one that really warms the heart.  If you're looking for a feel good book about the world around you, this is the book to pick up; especially if time is a factor.

I read the first book in The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer on the recommedation of Mrs. Bernardo.  I confessed to her that I wasn't a big "series reader".  I'll read book one in a series, but then I move on to other reads because there are so many great books out there!  I was so impressed with the creativity and the excellent writing in The Wishing Spell, I just may have to read them all!  Chris Colfer has really found his purpose here on Earth and I don't think it's singing...although he is very good at that. Thanks for the great recommendation, Mrs. Bernardo. It was also fun to think of you as I read it ;)

In the morning, I like to catch up on the world around me by reading the CNN app on my ipad.  I like that I have multiple ways to "read" my news.  I can swipe through to the stories that interest me and have compelling photos, and when I want more than what the text provides, I can watch the video. It's a very universally designed way for me to get my news in the morning over a healthy breakfast, of course!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Nora Webster was the first book I read this summer.  I read for me.  Not for a book chat, not from a recommendation and not for any class. It was fun to select a book knowing there were no attachments. My Mom was born and raised in Northern Ireland so I enjoy reading books that have similar settings. I've since passed the book on to her and she's enjoying it now. An adult read, I don't think it would hold the interested of our students.

 I'm a Jacqueline Woodson fan so it was fun to read this book, written in verse, about her childhood.  Biographies are one of my favorite genres so this was a treat; not to mention it was a Newbery Honor winner for 2015!  If you're looking for something good to read, select a book that has won the Newbery Honor for Best Children's Literature.

Every Saturday morning I look forward to walking to the end of my driveway to get the first half of my New York Times delivery.  The weekend edition is so large they split the delivery up into two days.  The good bits come on Saturday.  First, I read the Book Review, next Arts and Leisure, The Week in Review, Metropolitan, then Travel. Do you have a newspaper delivered to your home?  If not, ask someone at home to pick one up for you and spend some time with it this summer.  Each paper offers different things so know they're not all the same.  I have my favorites.

I'm still making my way through this book; it's one I've always wanted to spend time with and read cover to cover.  It is chock full of information so I need to visit it periodically and then take some breaks.  When I do read it, I like to sit in my window seat.  It's a special place in my home I had built just for me! Do you have a special place you like to read?
I've been reading so much this summer I haven't stopped to take the time to post about all the exciting books I've been reading! I'm hoping to be able to post the pictures I've taken of each book I've spent time with. I LOVE to read and can always find time to do so no matter what I'm doing. THERE IS ALWAYS TIME TO READ! ;)

We want to reach our summer goal!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

How is everyone doing with their reading? 
I decided to take a break from the world of
fantasy and dip into some adventure. This 
was a nice change. The Apothecary by Maile Meloy 
had been staring at me for a year in the library.
I don't know why I took so long to pick it up!
It was full of adventure and suspense. A teeny bit
of fantasy too. Has anyone else read an adventure 
title or series?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Gordon Korman

The last couple of weeks, Gordon Korman books have dominated the Del Coro household reading. First it was No More Dead Dogs. Loved that book. The main character- he can't lie. So when he has to write a book review about a story that he really, really does NOT like, he cannot tell a lie. Unfortunately, the book is his teacher's FAVORITE story ever. So, this leads to multiple problems for our protagonist. Definitely a fun read.

Cover artThen, there is the  Swindle Series which includes Swindle, Zoobreak, and Framed. The main character in this story is known as the "Man with a Plan," and boy does he have plans! These mystery books are super funny and keep you wanting to read more. Plus, the characters are just kooky enough to make you laugh without being ridiculous. There are several more books in the series, but they are currently all checked out at the Sparta Public Library! That's okay because I have another series to check out!

Next up, The Sammy Keyes mysteries by Wendlin Van Draanen. Will let you know how it goes!