{THIRSTday} is a meme I can get behind: a beverage and a book. Add some bacon and we’ve got the three Bs! David Etkin is the host of this meme. Check out his THIRSTday post here.

20130103-124114.jpgFor me, my THIRSTday is a short glass of Wild Cherry juice by Old Orchard and Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally. The juice is a long favorite of mine (really, any red/purple juice is a big winner for me). The book is something several of my 8th grade girls have been reading, so I figured I’d check it out myself.

What about you? What are you drinking? What are you reading?


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme started by Sheila at Book Journeys. Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts put their own spin on it by focusing on picture books to YA. Jen has been pestering me (and I mean that in the nicest sense of the word) to do this meme for a few weeks now, so I think I’ll go ahead and do just that today.

What I Read Last Week

Prodigy by Marie Lu

I loved this book, and I have a review forthcoming closer to the release date, which is set for January 29, 2013.
A big thank you to Jillian Heise and her #ARCtours!

The Waiting Sky by Lara Zielin

I thought this was a great book as well. It is an issue book — the issue in this case being alcoholism. The book does a great job of focusing on how the disease affects the family members, and that they need help, too. I’ll post a full-length review soon, as the book releases this week.

What I’m Reading This Week

The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
(another #ARCtours book that I’m hoping to have in my mailbox today!)

Those are all my reading plans, but I’m sure more books will pop in and show themselves.
Have a great week of reading, everyone!

In My Mailbox (3)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. It’s a way for people to share what books they have received that week (or recently). I went to the Scholastic Warehouse Sale and. . .well, I got pretty excited. I did keep in mind some budgetary type concerns. . .which means I actually put about 8 books back on the shelves. Here are the 22 I ended up with, plus some more.

Let’s start with these three:

A Million Shades of Gray by Cynthia Kadohata

The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander

Gone by Michael Grant

A couple to continue series I already have:

Maximum Ride: Volume 2 by James Patterson

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (really, I didn’t own it!)

I think I call this pile my 7A books group (that’s my all-female class that loves romantic drama):

I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder

The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

 Some #nerdprintz books I’m excited to have:

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

A nice dystopian stack:

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (I think this is the 3rd or 4th copy I’ve bought; it won’t stay put!)

The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner: The Maze RunnerThe Scorch Trials, and The Death Cure

 Finally, some fantasy/sci-fi:

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

First two of the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare: City of BonesCity of Ashes

First two of the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan: The Lost Hero, The Son of Neptune

Finally, an ARC received from Mrs. Andersen:

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid

Not pictured, but purchased a copy and received an ARC from Jessica earlier in the week: Insurgent by Veronica Roth (both copies have been checked out all week long)

All the new books together, most of them soon to be friends on the bookshelves (not to mention some bookshelves in the background):

In My Mailbox (2)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. It’s a way for people to share what books they have received that week (or recently). It was book fair week at my school this week, so there are a lot of books added to my classroom library this week!

I received a little bit each day from the book fair. Here’s what was donated to my classroom on Wednesday:

The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Entwined by Heather Dixon

From Willa, With Love by Coleen Murtagh Paratore

On Thursday, these James Patterson titles appeared in my mailbox:

Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life

The Fire (3rd in the Witch and Wizard series)

The Gift (2nd in the same series)

Along with these two:

In a Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth

Heist Society by Ally Carter

Friday, the last day of the book fair, I arrived at school to find these wonders awaiting my eager hands:

Fish by L.S. Matthews

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

 I also stopped by the book store to pick up a couple books, and they were both there! That made for a good trip 🙂

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (sequel to Delirium)

Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge

The whole gang! Well. . .some of the whole gang. Some of the books were checked out by the time I could take this picture!

Have a good week reading, everybody!

In My Mailbox (1)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. It’s a way for people to share what books they have received that week (or recently). I figured I’d join in eventually, so why not now?

Christopher Paul Curtis is coming to my local bookstore on Tuesday, so I had to go pick up his latest so I could read it (and then get it signed!).

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

While there, I found three others I’ve been meaning to pick up for a while:

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

Before any of this, though, I stopped by the science lab in our school to talk with the science teacher, Sister Rebecca. She LOVES to read and has a decent classroom library in the lab (how cool is that?!). I helped myself to a few of her books that I’ve been wanting to read:

Rules by Cynthia Lord

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

The whole gang together:

We had a snow day Friday, so I’ve been getting some good reading in this weekend. Enjoy the week, everyone!