Sunday, May 26, 2019

A Few Recent Reads

The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz

This had some serious Princess Bride vibes in the best possible way. The writing is even similar in detail and style.
There's a lot about religion in the novel, but in a way that would make for great family conversations.
I can't wait until my son is old enough to read this together.

Courage for Beginners by Karen Harrington

Did you like Savvy by Ingrid Law? You will like this book.
Did I like Savvy?
I did not like this book.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Scythe and Thunderhead

I've been doing a round-up of recent reads but Scythe and Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman deserve their own post because they are the best books I've read in awhile. All of my students are reading these books and we are waiting anxiously for the final book in the trilogy to be published in September. Until then, this is how we all feel about these books:


Sunday, May 12, 2019

A Few Recent Dystopian Reads

Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien
I had a good time reading it, but there were a few moments that stood out to me and made me wonder if it was undercover pro-life propaganda:

I kept reading and it turned out it is a strange plot involving inbreeding and hemophilia:

So, I liked the first one but won't be reading the rest of the series unless my students do and tell me it's great.

Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman

I LOVED Neal Shusternman's Scythe series and Unwind series, so had high hopes for Dry. Unfortunately, I think his son Jarrod was behind the wheel a bit more with this one:

Set during a Californian drought that turns into end days, it had my stomach twisted in knots:
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If I was a Californian, I would not have been able to finish the book. Instead, I am going to buy some bottled water to hoard.

War Cross by Marie Lu

Hooray for Marie Lu and her creative brain!

 The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I was a bit slow on the uptake and didn't realize the protagonist in The Young Elites is the villain.
Once that clicked, I enjoyed it more, although I don't feel the need to read the rest of the series.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

A few recent reads

Contrary to what it looks like on this blog, I have been reading a lot. I printed out my Goodreads To Read list for my classroom wall, and have been steadily making progress. I am still unmotivated to review except in GIF format, but that's better than nothing. So here are a few thoughts:

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

This one was pretty engrossing. I really did want to know who was lying and it turns out, I was wrong! All my students are reading it and I had to check it out. I liked it, although 7th grade is the lowest age I would want reading it (and wouldn't recommend it to someone that young, but I will talk about it with them when they do anyway!)


Damage Done by Amanda Panitch

Gillian Flynn for 9th graders. Fans of fun trashy novels by Abigail Haas will like this. I knew pretty early on what the twist was, but I don't know if high school students will. So they can join me in making this face: 

Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy

I read this novel-in-verse for our poetry unit and will be recommending it to students next year. Based on the life of the author's family, it is told from the perspective of a young child. The story suffers from the narrator's lack of understanding in some parts, but it enhances it overall. And the end? Here's me: