Sunday, March 30, 2014


By Laurie Boyle Compton
306 pages

High school girl goes for the wrong guy, makes a stupid mistake, and suffers the social consequences. Not amazing, but okay. Plus, nice art.

Ranger's Apprentice Book 1: the Ruins of Gorlan

By John Flanagan
249 pages

Pure adventure! I know that there are a dozen books in this series. I can see the set-up of the "fellowship" that will be the support network of the protagonist.
The world is an interesting one; the book a coming of age medieval fantasy.
I am eager to continue the series.

Undead and Underwater

By Mary Janice Davidson
331 pages
A trilogy of novellas, all set in the same world. The first features a reluctant superhero, the second vampires and mermaids, the third werewolves. All of them, of course, feature the snark characteristic of this author. A fast, enjoyable read.

Saturday, March 29, 2014


#3 in the series by Ally Condie
512 pages

A very satisfying ending to a trilogy! Enough ambiguity left for believability, enough items neatly tied up for satisfaction.

The Dark and Hollow Places

By Carrie Ryan
Frost of Hands and Teeth #3
374 pages

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Beekeeper's Apprentice

By Laurie R. King
346 pages

An interesting take on the Holmes mythos. After his retirement, Holmes lives in rural England, tending his beehives. Along comes Mary Russell, a teenager wandering aimlessly around the moors. The two strike up an unlikely friendship and embark on a crime fighting partnership with occasional cameos from Watson and Ms. Hudson.
The mystery is dense and layered, the characters are believable.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014

In Cold Blood

By Truman Capote
Nonfiction novel
343 pages

In a small town, one evening, a family is brutally murdered. This book follows the crime, the killers, their pursuit and execution. It's an odd book. It was interesting, a little slow in places, and oddly literary in others.
A student recommended it to me, and I think that fact surprises me more than any other. What is it about this book that captures their attention? Maybe because it's a true story.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Avoiding reading.

I have not read a book since my last post. I blame work. There's a book, a good book, interesting, and engaging. I'm about to dive into a unit teaching it to just over half of my students. So I'm rereading it. Well, trying to. I just... don't want to pick it up. I keep carrying it around in my bag.
I'm obviously a terrible teacher if I am not even reading the book I'm about to assign.