Wednesday, July 31, 2013

What is Erin the Librarian reading week of July 28-Aug.3


My most exciting news for this post is....
I FINALLY finished reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire to my son! On Monday we were having a "turn off electronics" kind of day, so I pushed through and read for about two hours to get it done. It has been our little tradition to read the book and then watch the movie. We started watching it, but my son got a little frustrated with ALL the changes. I turned it off, and promptly began reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. 

What I read since my last post for work:
Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls
I really enjoyed this book! It made me cry... a lot! It is about two boys who have Leukemia. During my years as a teacher I have had students that have Leukemia. I'm still on the fence if I will purchase this book for my elementary library.

Starbounders by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson
I LOVED their Familiars Series. I normally do not enjoy the Sci-Fi genre. However, since I enjoyed the Familiars books so much, I decided to give it a try. This is the second time this summer that I have TRIED SOMETHING NEW AND ENJOYED IT! :) The non-stop action was great, and it will appeal to both the boys and girls in my school. Zachary, Ryic, and Kaylee are all students at Indigo-8, a school to train youngsters from around the galaxy how to protect it. When the three are punished and sent to on a cleaning mission and find themselves in the middle of a plot to destroy Earth. Will they have what it takes to save the planet?

Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
This was a great book! Evan and his younger sister Jessie have a contest to see who can earn the most money selling lemonade before the school year begins. I enjoyed this Bluestem book so much, I'm ordering the rest of the series. 

Jake and Lilly by Jerry Spinelli
I must have been on a brother/sister kick last week. This book was fantastic. Jake and Lily are twins and it is about the summer that they "grow apart". Lily has a difficult time "losing Jake", but with the aide of her hippy grandpa, she finds herself and learns that Jake isn't really gone.

What I'm reading for myself:
TV Guide: Comic-Con Edition. I'm enjoying reading about what will be happening on my favorite shows this fall!

What I'm reading with my son:
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

What to start next?? These are the books I came home with from the library this week:
The Gecko & Sticky: Villain's Lair
One Dog and His Boy
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
The One and Only Stuey Lewis

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

What is Erin reading... week of July 14-20

The last few days have been too hot to do anything outside, so I've been able to do a lot of reading!

For work:
I finished "The School for Good and Evil" by Soman Chainani. Overall, I'd have to say that I enjoyed it, but I found it a little mature for my elementary school library. I don't think I'll be ordering it. 

I also finished reading "Jake and Lily" by Jerry Spinelli. I really enjoyed this book about twins. Jake and Lily have that special twin connection. They can finish the other twin's sentence, feel when their twin is in pain, and don't even have to search for the other twin in a game of hide-and-seek because they can sense where the other one is hiding. However, what will happen to their special twin connection when Jake and Lily get their own rooms, and Jake starts hanging out with other boys? I really enjoyed this book and I think boys and girls at JRT will also like it!

I just started reading "The Lemonade War" by Jacqeline Davies. I think this will be the perfect book because it begins at the very end of a very hot summer. That is just the kind of weather we are having here in the Chicagoland area. I'm excited to read this book from the Bluestem Award List! 

With my son:
Yes, we are still reading "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"! However, we are getting closer and closer to the end!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Forgot to mention...

I did finish the Gravediggers book by Christopher Krovatin. I really enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. I can't wait to talk it up to my scary book readers!  :) I was also super excited when I Tweeted him @ChrisKrovatin and he not only favorited my Tweet, but he Re-Tweeted! Looking forward to more books from Christopher Krovatin!

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What is Erin Reading Week of July 7-13

I was on vacation last week and PLANNED on reading a lot more than I did. However, I did read something for myself on vacation.

For work:
The School of Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
I follow Harper Collins Children on Twitter @HarperChildrens. They have been talking this book up a lot on Twitter, so I decided to read it. I'm about 1/4 of the way through it. It is about two girls who have been kidnapped to attend the School of Good and Evil to become characters in Fairy Tales. I'm really enjoying the twists and turns of this book! Can't wait to see how it ends. 

Little Wolf's Book of Badness by Ian Whybrow
This is on the Bluestem List. This a great book for reluctant readers as well as our 2nd graders who are ready for chapter books! I love the humor of this book. and the illustrations are great! Although this book is on the Bluestem list,  I'm looking forward to recommending this to a certain 2nd grade teacher who is always on the look out for a new chapter book series.

Reading with my Son:
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I know...I know... we are still reading this. It is a LONG book, and it is summer! My goal is to finish it before July is over! 

Reading alongside my Son:
Gregor the Overlander Series by Suzanne Collins. Collins wrote the Gregor Series before she wrote the Hunger Games. I read the series several years ago and LOVED it. My son is reading it now on his own, and I've started reading it, so we can chat about it. I am loving it now as much as I loved it the first time I read it. :) 

Picture Books I'm really excited about ordering for the new school year:
Splat the Cat: On With the Show and Splat and the Cool School Trip by Rob Scotton
Pete the Cat: Wheels on the Bus by James Dean