Tuesday, March 5, 2019

February in Review

My Reading

Number of books read: 20

  • Ten were from the public library, eight were from my classroom library, one was borrowed from my daughter, and one I read on Scribd.  
  • Thirteen were by white authors, and seven were by IBPOC. (Indigenous, black, and other people of color, which seems to be the preferred term now.)

Best(s):(In which I tell you all my five star reads and make up categories so they each win something)

Best Multiple POV book: Four Three Two One
Best adaptation of a classic: Pride
Most amazingly creative art: Here
Best nonfiction: Just Mercy (Young Readers Edition)
Best actual book for adults: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Bookish Events and Happenings

I got to go see April Henry at Powell's Books early in the month. My daughter was sick and couldn't come, and we were under serious storm warning, so there were only about ten of us there. She always has great stories.

One of my classes Skyped with four authors who are part of "Spooky Middle Grade," a collective of, well, authors who write creepy books for middle grade students. They offer FREE COLLECTIVE SKYPES, which is awesome, and I have dates scheduled for all of my other classes as well. Specifically, we chatted with Samantha M. Clark, Cynthia Reeg, Kat Shepherd, and Angie Smibert. Now we're working on getting their books into our classroom library.

Speaking of which, I did some math and realized I've spent about $2,000 on my classroom library this school year. I've added about 350 books, which is pretty good bang for my buck, but that's still probably too many bucks. (Don't tell my family. We could probably afford to go on vacation if I didn't have this little habit. Seriously, sisters and bro-in-law who might read this--DON'T RAT ME OUT.) It kills me, because I have so many more kids reading than ever before, and it's because I will get them whatever it takes to get them reading, like all the Naruto and Dragon Ball Z I've been buying this year. So if I didn't spend the money, the kids wouldn't be reading as much, and that is NOT OKAY with me. But systemically, they shouldn't have to rely on teachers being willing to shell that much out. It's ridiculous.

On the Blog

I don't know what's going on with me. I haven't had any interest in writing for weeks. And I don't want to blog because I "have to." I have enough responsibilities already; I'm not going to force myself to do my hobbies. Still, I don't want to let the blog end. I'm confused and frustrated, and just want to read books and be happy. 


The snowstorm they predicted the day after April Henry was at Powell's never materialized. Instead it all came as rain, and the road to work flooded. It takes a LOT of rain to flood roads in western Oregon. That was a first for me in 11 years at this job. Then everyone got sick. We were missing 20-25% of our students in each class, and they discussed closing the school. It wasn't quite enough to justify that, but they did spray an airborne disinfectant all over the school, which is another first in my 21 year career. I got sick, then my daughter got sick, and now my husband is sick. Last week we also did end up having two minor snow days, which was helpful in the general recovery. We played a lot of Catan at my house.  

Snow day brunch. 

My OBOB kids are super into Keeper of the Lost City and had me tweet this at the author.

Our yard the day we were predicted to get 8-12 inches of snow. 

My monthly summaries are always linked to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up on Feed Your Fiction Addiction, along with many other terrific blogs' monthly reflections.  Nicole usually puts together a fun scavenger hunt giveaway too, so go check it out!


  1. I have borrowed Pride - will definitely read it asap. The others look really interesting.
    Great photos!

  2. Wow, that’s a lot of money to spend on books. I agree that it’s worth it if the kids are reading :). I hope everybody feels better soon. Have a great March!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  3. I love your "snow" picture. I was really happy every time the weather man was wrong in these parts. I hate snow. I am so glad to see someone reading Four Three Two One. I loved that book, and Steven's other books as well. I thought Pride was fabulous too, and being from Brooklyn and growing up not far from where the book was set, got me excited too.

  4. Can I just say that you are an awesome teacher for getting those books for your students! That's incredible amazing and also you don't get paid enough for what you do but I'm sure seeing those kids reading is an incredible feeling. My kids had the flu in February and they told us most of the school was missing with the flu. I hope everyone is feeling better. I hope March is a wonderful for you.

    Tina @ As Told By Tina

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  6. I love that you're so dedicated to making the kids in your classroom readers. $2000 is a crazy amount to spend, though. :-0 Love the pic of the kids with their Keeper of the Lost City hands. :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  7. I think I am earning more money now that I'm retired, living on half my salary, than when I was spending so much on my school library. One of my friends added everything up one year and discovered she had spent over $10,000 on her school library that year. She had the receipts.

  8. I really want to read The Seven Deaths.

  9. I loved The Seven Deaths! It was told in such a unique way and kept me reading too late. Four, Three, Two, One is high on my list to read.


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