I love my library so much. I stopped by to pick up two books they'd brought in from other branches: Red Clocks and Scooby Apocalypse, both of which were recommended by other bloggers recently. I also grabbed a copy of the graphic novel of Speak because I have a student who really wants to read it, and my copy is AWOL. I found season one of The Handmaid's Tale on DVD, since we don't get Hulu. I'm reading the series March, but book 2 is missing from my classroom library. so I got that too. Finally, I picked up a few board games for the family What a lovely haul.
As we enter the last two full weeks of the school year, I polled my students on their favorite books of the year. They had some GREAT answers! I then took the books that seemed to get the most votes and/or the most checkouts during the year and set them into brackets. The kids will be voting next week, but you can vote today! Just choose your favorites from each match-up. If you haven't read either book, skip it. If you've read one of the two, you can choose whether to vote for it, vote against it, or skip the match-up. If I did this right, it's set up so you can see results so far after you vote, and I'll come back later to let you know how the book people voted and how my students voted. (Keep scrolling after you're done; it takes up a bunch of white space.)
I'm having fun prepping for my summer reading. Because of my teaching schedule, I do get a lot more reading done during the summer than the rest of the year. I wanted to prioritize specific books--books that are OBOB or ProjectLit titles, books on my Classics Club list, and ones I've just kept meaning to read. So I made myself this Bingo sheet. I'll try for a blackout, and even if I don't get there, it will still be good. I also made a Book A Day list. It's an average, not a literal thing, but it's still satisfying to jot down a title for each day. Mine runs June 1- August 31, even though I'll be at work the first couple of weeks and the last couple of weeks of that.
I probably already told you, but Paula Stokes offered to send me a bunch of her books for my classroom, and of course I accepted. She sent multiple copies, so I could share with other teachers, and personalized each one. She's local, which might be why we started talking on Twitter? I really don't remember, but I am so, so grateful for her generosity.
Then today I came home to this ARC of Donna Gephart's new book. I am not a huge MG fan overall, but I've loved this author's work, and I was thrilled when she asked if I'd like my name on a list she was giving her publisher of teachers who might want an ARC. I guess I passed their test!