Monday, June 1, 2015

#IMWAYR End of School Year Reads

I can't believe that it has been almost two months since I blogged. Then again, I am a teacher and a graduate student who was at the end of the school year and the end of the semester, so I guess I shouldn't be that surprised.  Today is the beginning of my summer schedule (which is still busy but at least more flexible), so I am excited to have more time to relax, blog, and read for pleasure.

Today is Monday, so I am going to link up with Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for #IMWAYR.

I just finished Cress by audio book. Now, I just reserved Fairest at the library.

I have to see I have enjoyed this series by Marissa Meyer.  I have listened to all three as audio books.  As a teacher who has taught elementary grades, I have always enjoyed fractured fairy tales.  The idea of fractured fairy tales for a little older audience set in a science fiction setting is unique spin on an old story.  I also enjoyed seeing how they interweave all the stories. All three of these books are pretty clean too compared to many young adult/teen books, so you easily could read them with younger students.

I finally finished The Wednesday Wars as the read aloud I was doing with my students on Friday.

This is a great book.  It is a coming of age story set on Long Island that has some great examples of figurative language and good use of humor.  I would use this as a read aloud again or even as a literature circle novel. I could see doing a set of literature circles all focusing on the 1960's using The Wednesday Wars, Deadend in Norvelt, and Paperboy. All three of these books are from this era with young teenage boys as the protagonist.  Each story has a unique setting and interesting characters but deals with different issues from the time.

I just put in my request for some summer reads from the library.  What are you reading?


  1. I loved all of 60's titles you've mentioned. I would throw some of Deborah Wiles into the mix. (Both because she has female protagonists and because of the mix of fiction and nonfiction. I'm hoping to get to the Meyer series eventually.

    1. I will take a look at her books. I have not read anything by her.

  2. Those titles are terrific-great idea for connecting the book groups. I still need to read the Cinder trilogy-looks very good.


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