What I'm Reading Wednesday

by jennifer15. July 2015 06:59
I was gone on vacation for the previous 2 Wednesday's so I have a few books to share with you all! First, I am STILL reading The Goldfinch. It's VERY long and I got sidetracked on vacation, the title expire from my Overdrive Account, so I had to put it back on hold, and it just recently became available again. But while I was gone I read 4 books!! 1 adult, and 3 kids. So, what did I read?      Reconstructing Amelia is like Mean Girls on steroids. From the publisher: "Kate's in the middle of the biggest meeting of her career when she gets the telephone call from Grace Hall, her daughter’s exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Amelia has been suspended, effective immediately, and Kate must come get her daughter—now. But Kate’s stress over leaving work quickly turns to panic when she arrives at the school and finds it surrounded by police officers, fire trucks, and an ambulance. By then it’s already too late for Amelia. And for Kate. An academic overachiever despondent over getting caught cheating has jumped to her death. At least that’s the story Grace Hall tells Kate. And clouded as she is by her guilt and grief, it is the one she forces herself to believe. Until she gets an anonymous text: She didn’t jump. Reconstructing Amelia is about secret first loves, old friendships, and an all-girls club steeped in tradition. But, most of all, it’s the story of how far a mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she couldn’t save." So what did I think?? It was good. Not great. I did predict pretty early on the relationship between Amelia and one of the Maggie's. The mystery of what really happened to Amelia did surprise me a little bit. Overall, I think some more of the story could have been developed, but I'd recommend the book as a good beach/vacation read.   The next 3 books were all kid books. One was a CLASSIC and although Haley and I had read it in the past, Ella and Ronin had not, and I don't believe that their father had ever read it either, and we all LOVED it!!  You really can't go wrong with Roald Dahl, and since this book has been adapted into TWO great movies, I don't think I really need to explain the premise too much, though there are some scenes in the book that don't appear in the movie, and vice versa.    Next up was one that Haley read last year and she really wanted the rest of the family to read it too. She actually went as far to say that it is her FAVORITE book EVER!  Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes is the utterly beguiling tale of a blind 10-year-old orphan who has been schooled in a life of thievery. One fateful afternoon, he steals a box from a mysterious traveling haberdasher—a box that contains three pairs of magical eyes. When he tries the first pair, he is instantly transported to a hidden island, where he is presented with a special quest: to travel to the dangerous Vanished Kingdom and rescue a people in need. Along with his loyal sidekick—a knight who has been turned into an unfortunate combination of horse and cat—and the magic eyes, he embarks on an unforgettable, swashbuckling adventure to discover his true destiny. This story was SO GOOD! And it had GREAT vocabulary in it, so the kids learned a lot of new words! It kept us hooked for HOURS. I can see why Haley loved it so much.   And lastly, we read The 39 Clues: Doublecross Book 1: Mission TitanicEh, this book was okay. It's kid adventure. It kept the trio entertained, but it didn't hook them to want to read any of the other 39 clues in this series. In a nutshell seventeen years old, Ian Kabra is head of the Cahills, the most powerful family in the world. He has presidents on speed dial, generals at his beck and call. Ian knows he’s an ideal leader and the only man enough for the job. There’s just one small problem: He’s already messed up big-time. A Cahill from the past calling himself the Outcast has risen to challenge Ian with an impossible test. The Outcast has re-created four of history’s greatest disasters and dared Ian to stop him. If Ian and his allies can’t decipher the Outcast’s hints in time, innocent people will die. Ian’s only chance to beat the Outcast is to track down his former allies, Amy and Dan. But finding Amy and Dan will demand from Ian an impossible sacrifice.   And there you have it. What I read the past two weeks. Next week, I hope to finally be finished with The Goldfinch and on to something else!     What are you reading??

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What I'm Reading Wednesday

by jennifer24. June 2015 14:43
I read a lot. So I've decided to start a new "feature" here on the blog. Every Wednesday I'll share what I'm currently reading. I'd love to hear in the comments what you are currently reading! Right now I'm reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.This book won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2014. The summary from Goodreads is as follows: It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.The Goldfinch is a novel of shocking narrative energy and power. It combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher's calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is a beautiful, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate. I am currently on Part 8-Chapter 4. There are 32 parts to this book, so I have quite a bit more to go! It's due in 3 days and I can't renew it, so I hope I can finish it in time! What are you currently reading?

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Florida SSYRA Battle of the Books 2015-2016

by jennifer28. April 2015 07:03
This school year my daughter read the 15 SSYRA books for grades 3-5 in just about 5 weeks. I wrote a post on tips on how to raise a reader and you can read it HERE.  She was the first one in her SCHOOL to finish all of the books. She was the ONLY reader in her class to attend every party that was held in the school media center celebrating students who had read XYZ number of books by a given date. Once she finished the grades 3-5 list, she began a few on the grades 6-8 list. But she got bored quickly because she wasn't reading them for a "prize" and so she wanted to read books of her own choosing instead. No problem with me. As long as she's reading, I'm happy.  I was super excited to see the 2015-2016 list announced this week! You can see the official announcement below!I've already gone ahead and reserved all of the books through our county library system, and I expect that they will begin to arrive shortly!! The titles this year all look really good and I think Haley will really enjoy them. Grades 3-5 were also released. Ella and Ronin aren't as much into reading as Haley, but I've put a handful of these on reserve with the hope that they'll want to read a few. They did get jealous that Haley was attending the reading parties while they had to stay in class.    So there you have it, ALL the books for the 2015-2016 school year.   2015-16 Sunshine State Young Readers Award Finalists Grades 3-5 Athlete vs. Mathlete W.C. Mack Blast Off! Nate Ball Eight Keys Suzanne LaFleur Fortunately, the Milk Neil Gaiman The Fourteenth Goldfish Jennifer Holm Freaky Fast Frankie Joe Lutricia Clifton The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom Christopher Healy The Hypnotists Gordon Korman Kizzy Ann Stamps Jeri Watts Nerd Camp Elissa Brent Weissman Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen Donna Gephart Pie Sarah Weeks A Snicker of Magic Natalie Lloyd Three Times Lucky Sheila Turnage White Fur Flying Patricia MacLachlan   2015-16 Sunshine State Young Readers Award Finalists Grades 6-8 Counting by 7s Holly Goldberg Sloan The Eighth Day Dianne K. Salerni Eye of the Storm Kate Messner Jack Strong Takes a Stand Tommy Greenwald Jungle of Bones Ben Mikaelsen The Night Gardener Jonathan Auxier Project Jackalope Emily Ecton The Secret of Rover Rachel Wildavsky Seeing Red Kathryn Erskine Skink No Surrender Carl Hiaasen Stung Bethany Wiggins Tesla’s Attic Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman The Testing Joelle Charbonneau This Journal Belongs to Ratchet Nancy J. Cavanaugh Twerp Mark Goldblatt     Do your kids like to read??

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