Friday, November 3, 2017

September/October Book Review

I had good intentions...really I did. I kept telling myself to put down the TV remote (my fall shows are back) and pick up my book instead, but I didn't. 

In the last 2 months I have only read one book...well 2 if you count the book I read aloud to my students...and for the sake of this "goal" I am going to count it. A book is a book, right?

My goal for this year was 24 books in 2017...and I am currently at 21 books, so I can still meet this goal...I just have to start reading again! The weather is getting colder so I imagine I will be finding myself on the treadmill a little more frequently so that should help!

This book had been suggested to me by several people and I have had it on hold at the library for months now. Considering I was in the thick of things with back to school madness and learning how to juggle being a new mom and working again after a 4 month break, I would say this book did a pretty good job of holding my interest. It took me a little longer to read than a suspense/thriller usually would...especially one that kept me guessing like this one did. The book takes place on a luxury cruise ship with only a few cabins. The main character Lo is a writer who is on the ship so she can write a review. She is quickly distracted by what she believes was a body thrown overboard. The more Lo tries to find out what happened the scarier things get for her. I was on the edge of my seat nearly the entire book and felt like it wrapped up pretty well. There was a bit of a twist (which I always love) and it made sense the way it ended. This is definitely a book I would recommend. I do wish I would have read it at a less crazy time though, I think I would have enjoyed it that much more. 

There are a few books I read to my students every year...and this is one I will definitely add to my list. Auggie Pullman is a 5th grader, and he is no ordinary 5th grader. He was born with a severe facial deformity. He was home-schooled in the past due to this, but now as a 5th grader he will be attending the local school. Auggie struggles to fit in as you might imagine, but what I love about this book is how the author explores others reactions to him. It opened the door for a lot of conversations in my class about how we might feel if we were we might feel if we were one of Auggie's we felt about the way different characters treated him. This is a beautifully written book that is a MUST read for all kids. It not only teaches kindness, compassion, and empathy...but it reinforces the idea of never giving up and doing your best. I cried a few tears here and there in the story and my kids cheered as we reached the last page. I urge you to read this book...with your students, with your children, or even by yourself!

I have been a total slacker in the book department these last 2 months, and I am hoping I can get back into the groove, because I have lots of books on the wait list at the library that have recently come available and I have been waiting months for them...I need to get on it and start reading so I don't end up having to put them on hold again!


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