Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What's on my Bookshelf

Tammy at Forever in First is sharing some book recommendations - for adults. I know, crazy concept - teachers actually reading for enjoyment! What next!!

I've found myself having a bit of ADD concerning novels - probably because I've been reading so many blog posts - short, short, short. I don't have the stamina to read something longer. So lately, I've been making an effort to do a little more reading for enjoyment. 

First up, recommended by College Girl:
I have to admit, I started these purely because College Girl had recommended them, and I was interested in something she was interested in. I had shied away from them before, because I was afraid they would be pretty gruesome. OK, maybe in a few places they were, but all in all, I thought a good story. 

Without knowing what I was getting into, I bought this on my Kindle:

And thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought it gave a realistic look at a teenager having to help her mom {more than a little} deal with her autistic sister. 

Then, I bought this book right before this weekend, because I knew I'd have some reading time while I was visiting College Girl this weekend.

Oh, how interesting. Alice wakes up with a head injury and thinking it is 10 years earlier. I stayed up too late finishing this one!

The funniest thing - when I started typing this, I knew I was doing it because I had just read Tammy's recommendations, and some of them were of interest to me. Then I realized that the only reason I started Hunger Games is because somebody I liked and trusted recommended it to me. So hey - maybe I need to do some book recommending in my class!


  1. Book recommending is so fantastic. It is definitely how I choose books. Probably good for first graders also. Perhaps I will read your last book...

    1. I really liked the Alice book - hope you do, too, if you decide to read it!

  2. I loved Hunger Games! Donalyn Miller talks about that most wild readers base their reading on book recommendations, so it's definitely something we need to incorporate into our classroom practice. Haven't figured out how quite yet, but it's on my list.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

    1. I haven't figured out how, either. I pick kids to read my new Scholastic books, and ask them to share about them, but don't get a really good response with that. Maybe drawing and writing in a shared book would work. I don't know for sure, but it's worth the effort to keep trying!