Tuesday, November 9, 2021

TTT: Great Character Quotes


 TTT (Top Ten Tuesday) is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl .  If you want to quadruple the size of your TBR AND find a bunch of great book blogs to follow head on over and check it out!

The topic this week is: Top Ten Memorable Things Book Characters Have Said.

Lucky for my tired old brain, Goodreads keeps track of these things for me. Here are the ones that popped out to me today:

Saturday, October 30, 2021

October in Review


featuring a number of Halloween jokes, art, and tweets I've found

My Reading

# of books read: 7
Bests: In which I tell you all my favorite reads and make up categories so they each win something:

Best audiobook + best turns of phrase: Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater
Best sequel with foxes: Scary Stories for Young Foxes: The City by Christian Heidicker
Best very quiet vampire book: All These Bodies by Kendare Blake
Best job forcing me to live up to the title: Crying Laughing by Lance Rubin
Best book I put off reading for way too long and am so glad I finally read: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Bookish Events and Happenings

I had my first meeting of our school's Oregon Battle of the Books club, then we had to cancel the next two meetings. It seemed like a very enthusiastic group of readers though, and it's a nice sized group too, so I'm optimistic. I also won an ARC of Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World, got $50 credit at First Book for signing up for an author's newsletter, and got sent a box of books off my wish list, all of which is a boon to my classroom library and thus to my students. 

Also, Jordan Sonnenblick responded to one of my tweets. Given that usually nobody responds to any of my tweets, much less authors I admire, this was kind of exciting.

On the Blog

I started writing on my blog again! Just TTT posts for now, but it's a start. 


  • My kid went to homecoming with a bunch of friends. We are such different people, and I may or may not survive being the parent of a social butterfly.

  • I made green tomato chocolate cupcakes. They were delish. The tomato is really just a way to use unripe produce and adds moisture, not flavor. 

  • My husband and I went out for Thai food with a couple he's known since freshman year in college, and then we played a new-to-us board game (Splendor) at their house. It all felt very pre-2020. 

  • I got my booster shot and my flu shot. 

  • On Friday my co-worker who teaches in the next room over and I showed up in these outfits. Neither of us even knew the other was going to dress up.

Also, check out this amazing BookFace photo one of my students took while dressed as Rosie the Riveter.

My monthly summaries are always linked to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up on Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight, as are terrific blogs' monthly reflections.  Nicole and Shannon usually put together a fun scavenger hunt giveaway too, so go check it out!

Monday, October 25, 2021

TTT: Boo!


 TTT (Top Ten Tuesday) is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. If you want to quadruple the size of your TBR AND find a bunch of great book blogs to follow, head on over and check it out!

The topic this week is a Halloween freebie. So here are ten books I'm displaying for my students this week. I try to mix it up for them, so there's cute and there's creepy and there's scary. There's middle grade and young adult novels, old favorites and new titles, graphic novels and nonfiction--a little bit of everything. 

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell
This charming graphic novel is actually the most directly Halloween-y of them all, given that it takes place in a pumpkin patch. 

The Fell of Dark by Caleb Roehrig
It's got fake vampire teeth on the cover and real vampire chaos on the inside.

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
Teen witch accidentally brings back dead enemies as she tries to solve her friend's murder.

The Borden Murders by Sarah Miller
I wanted to include a non-fiction option, so I picked up this excellent analysis of the infamous Lizzie Borden. 

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
A nice Day of the Dead touch, and one of my favorites of the past year. If your family expects only men to be brujos, what's a trans boy got to do to convince their family to let them work their own magic? And why is that ghost he accidentally summoned so cute?

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 1-3 by Alvin Schwartz
Remember the good old days, when parents tried to ban these books because they are "too scary," instead of banning books because they represent actual human experiences being Black, gay, or an immigrant? Good times. 

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
Puts the "graphic" in graphic novel. This is like someone took the Scary Stories books and upped the creep factor by 100.

Thirteens by Kate Alice Marshall
I haven't read this one yet, but it's about a town where every 13 years, three 13 year olds disappear on Halloween, so it seemed very appropriate to include.

Fright Night by Maren Stoffels
This one has too much of a teen horror vibe for my taste, but my teens love horror, and the title sounds like a synonym for Halloween, so I included it.

Be Wary of the Silent Woods by Svetlana Chmakova
Just regular witches going to witch school at night (because it's regular non-witch school during the day), until something that scares even witches starts stalking the kids. Great middle grade graphic novel that I hope gets a sequel soon.