Monday, December 16, 2019

TTT: Books I'd Love to Receive

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The topic this week is: Books I hope to find under my tree.

The truth is, I don't buy many books for myself. I am constantly shopping for my classroom, but even the books that I plan to read FIRST before letting the kids get to them are books I'd get at the library if I didn't have a classroom to keep stocked. However, I do have a few weaknesses and special interests that the library doesn't own, and I keep those on my personal Powell's wish list (as opposed to my "classroom library" wishlist and my "URGENT classroom library wishlist."

Links go to the Powells website, or to Goodreads if the Powell's site lacked a description.

Some professional books I've heard wonderful things about:

Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension by Sara K. Ahmed.
Fun fact--the author is sisters with Samira Ahmed, author of Internment and Love, Hate, and Other Filters.

A Novel Approach: Whole Class Novels, Student Centered Teaching, and Choice by Kate Roberts.
Teachers I respect greatly have been raving about what a great job this book does at celebrating and encouraging independent choice reading but still incorporating a shared reading experience into a class.

Books for my Baltic Connection:

White Field, Black Sheep: A Lithuanian-American Life by Daiva Markelis
I'd love to get my hands on this memoir of growing up with parents who fled Lithuania, but even Powell's has it marked "item not currently available."

The Merry Baker of Riga by Boris Zemtzov
I've eaten many a snack at Jautrais Maiznieks, or "Merry Baker" café in Latvian, and I'd love to read the memoir of the American founder's adventures with starting a business in post-Soviet Riga. But alas, it's also "not currently available."

Books to Spend Time With

The View from the Cheap Seats and Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman 
While both of these are available at the library, they are not books I want to power through in three weeks, and of yet, they are too popular to renew for months on end. Plus, although I READ more fiction, I often prefer to OWN nonfiction. Maybe because the plot reveals are less important?

Practical Classics: Fifty Reasons to Re-read Fifty Books You Haven't Read Since High School by Kevin Smokler
I love books about books (of course), but again, don't need to speed through them all at once, so this would be a fun one to own and pick up from time to time.

Books by Ursula K. LeGuin, my Literary Hero
Even with LeGuin, I don't need to own many of her books. I can always get them at the library. The exceptions, again, are her essays and poetry, of which I own a few. 

The Found and the Lost: The Collected Novellas of Ursula K. LeGuin
I also own one of her two giant collections, The Real and the Unreal, collected short stories. So obviously, I need the other book in that set.

The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition
I mean, c'mon. Look at this.

The Books of Earthsea

The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition

The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition
The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition

I would love to receive any and all of these books, but realistically, the professional books are the only ones I'm likely to get, because eventually I'll either buy them for myself, ask my principal to buy them, or put a purchase request in at the library.

It's a crazy week for those who celebrate Christmas, so I hope you are all of good cheer, and still finding time to read!


  1. I hope your family views this post, and you find a few of those titles under your tree.

  2. I hope Santa brings these books for you! I’m doing book blogger Secret Santa, so I know I’ll get a few books this year. That usually doesn’t happen because nobody in my real life wants to get me books.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  3. Nice list! The Earthsea books would be amazing! I've read the first book in the series, but haven't read the rest. Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  4. The Social Comprehension book would be invaluable to teachers. You can't go wrong with LeGuin.

  5. I have a friend from Latvia. Sometimes she comes to our Russian meetup group and brings treats. I hope you get all of these, or most of them, and they're wonderful.

  6. Great list! These all sound great. I hope you get to them this winteR!
    Krystianna @ Volumes and Voyages

  7. It's hard to justify asking for books for Christmas when you already get so many for school, right? I definitely get that!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction


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