Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Snow day

This is what a teacher's day off looks like. The last part of the first pile of grading.
Am I at my job today? No. Am I getting paid for today? Yes. Am I working? Ever since I got up this morning.

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

By Mackenzi Lee
501 pages
July Owlcrate book

This book was very readable, but I'm not sure I'll ever read it again. The protagonist, Henry, is a hot mess who sets off to do his Grand Tour with his sister and his best friend. His sister would rather study medicine than embroidery. His friend is biracial and has a medical condition. Henry doesn't want to be stuck at home running the estate.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Eliza and her Monsters

By Francesca Zappia
385 pages

The feels. Oh my, the feels. The protagonist, Eliza, has issues. Anxiety etc. Her issues feel so real and relatable and understandable -

This book was just so good. I can't even articulate. I was almost late to work this morning because I just wanted to keep reading it.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Martian

By Andy Weir
369 pages

I was interested to read this because I saw the movie on a plane and really enjoyed it. From what I remember, the movie is pretty close to the book.

The weird part is that even though I knew what was going to happen, there was still a lot of page turning suspense for me.

I liked to book a lot!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

An Ember in the Ashes

By Sabaa Tahir
446 pages

I've heard a lot of hype about this book, but to be honest it took a little while for me to get into it.

The plot is interesting, the worldbuilding is pretty solid, and the characters are likeable.

I read it because I was considering it for incorporating into my curriculum next year. I won't, but I am glad to have read it.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Knights of the Hill Country

By Tim Tharp
233 pages

So it's a football book. I don't sport. But I enjoyed the book - I even set aside my delicious homemade cheesy ham his cute because I was so close to finishing it and wanted to focus.

There is a lot of football in the book, but it's not really a book about football.

The protagonist is a high school senior. He plays defense for the football team - which has been undefeated for 4 straight seasons.

His home life is a bit of a mess, and so is his best friend.

It was a surprisingly engaging book!

I picked it up to vet for lit circle choices in my classroom, and it doesn't quite meet what I want for that, but I am glad that I read it.

Monday, May 29, 2017

How it Went Down

By Kekla Magoon
325 pages

Tariq Johnson was shot outside of a convenience store and then the shooter drove off. The shooter was a white man in a predominantly black neighborhood, and was released by police the next day.
The book explores the impact of this event on a community, and it also explores the questions of equity, justice, and racism.
There are 18 distinct viewpoints that the story is told from - which at first was a bit confusing; however, the characters are each so vivid that it becomes easy to follow.
This book was engaging, affecting, and a quick read. I picked it up because I'm thinking of adding it to the curriculum As a lit circle book.