Sunday, May 19, 2019

Sunday Post #32/Sunday Salon #5

Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly Sunday Post link-up, and Deb at ReaderBuzz is expanding Sunday Salon from a FB group to a link-up as well.

What I Read: 6 books
A lot more than last week, and some really great ones (and one not).

  • I really liked Just Jaime, the third middle grade graphic novel by Teri Libenson. It's a lot about toxic friendships, which is something my personal middle schooler is dealing with, so I'm going to leave it laying casually around the house this summer. 
  • Tana French's The Witch Elm is a stand-alone, which I didn't realize until I started reading. It has an unreliable and unlikable narrator, and got SUPER dark at the end. It's not my favorite of hers, but I wasn't disappointed. 
  • I re-read Every Day, David Levithan's book about "A," who wakes up in a different person's body each day, as part of my attempt to finish an entire series in May. It's been several years since I read it before, and I really enjoyed it. 
  • Then I moved on to book two, Another Day, and about died of boredom as it was the exact same damn story from another POV. Complete with vast chunks of dialogue repeated word for word. 
  • I prefer reading physical books, but I am occasionally tempted by the free ebooks on Simon Teen's Riveted, because it's so easy to fly through them in that format. 100 Sideways Miles has been in my classroom library since it was new, and I liked Winger, the only other Andrew Smith novel I've read, so I read it. It was good. Parts were quite witty, and all of it is spectacularly vulgar in a way that seemed very true to teenaged boys. 
  • I knew Lindsay Faye from Jane Steele, so when I saw her name on  The Paragon Hotel in the library, I picked it up solely based on that. I LOVED it. One of my friends DNFed it, so clearly it's not for everyone. I'm a sucker for historical fiction set in Portland, but I also loved Nobody/Alice's flapper voice, the stark look at racism in Oregon, the friendships, the danger and twists, and pretty much everything else about it. 

What I'm Reading/What's Next

I'm working on Someday, book 3 in the Every Day trilogy, and so far it's MUCH better than the middle book. It takes the story forward and includes a new and delightfully disturbing voice.

Two of my five classes voted to do one more read-aloud during our final 3 weeks, so I'm deciding between Nightjohn, The Crossover, and Witness. All are short (which is important at this point) and very good stories.

Three Things
  1. I won a giveaway for three upcoming books on Twitter! FatLikeMe Podcast is going to send me Julie Murphy's first MG novel, Dear Sweet Pea, AND Renee Watson's new book, Some Places More than Others, AND Chris Baron's book with a boy main character, All of Me. All support body diversity and feature fat protagonists who aren't defined by their weight. These are going to be great additions to my classroom library.
  2. We did state testing. Sigh. It's interesting how the vast majority of kids who are opted out are the children (or siblings) of educators. I opted both my kids out. If their teachers don't know their strengths and weaknesses by this point in the year, they're not paying attention.
  3. We started a family archery class this week. It was very fun. And NOT THAT IT'S A COMPETITION, but I totally got the best score of my family. I just have to gloat a little, as the least athletic family member. 


  1. Congrats on the archery, sounds like a lot of fun! :D

  2. I still need to try Tana French at some point, a few of her books have called to me. And I usually prefer a physical book too, but sometimes those e- books are just a good deal.

    Archery is fun!! How neat you're doing it as a family. :)

  3. My husband goes to Archery every Sunday, it’s just a hobby for him. My youngest daughter used to go as well until she got teenage-itis and decided sleeping til midday was preferable to early morning at the range.

    Have a great reading week

  4. Opting out? Of state testing? Do tell more.

    I love, love, love that you are doing one more read aloud during the last weeks of school. You go! I don't think there is anything you could do to help kids learn to love reading more than hearing books read aloud. Why did we get away from that in schools? (Sigh. Sadly, I know the answer to that, and it goes along with what I wrote about in my first paragraph above.)

    I read A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata this week, and I loved it. Other reviews I saw didn't show the love I felt, so maybe mine is a minority opinion. I hope you'll give it a read if you see it around in your world.

  5. Number 1 and 3 on you three things list are awesome. You're family is very cool, and that is a great batch of books you won. Congrats! State testing used to drive me insane. The kids were toast by the time they got to us and we had to do something meaningful with them. They never wanted to do chem after testing all morning, and my kids had the test that counted towards graduation.

  6. A family archery class sounds so fun!!

  7. You hit the jackpot on giveaways! If you were going to win, those were the ones to win!

  8. I heard that Another Day was the same as Every Day but in another POV. I really don't like it when authors do that---and I own both books. :-(

    I really want to read All of Me, though. I hope you love that one!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  9. Congrats on the giveaway win! I did archery at Girl Scouts a few times and really liked it. I also have no athletic ability.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!


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