Early morning ramblings…

It is currently too early o’clock on a Friday.  Normally it would be an amazing feat for me to jump out of bed this early on a Friday.  Why not today you ask?  Because I have a conference (yet another one…) that begins at 8:30 at Baker College.  Did I mention that Baker is only, according to Mapquest, seven minutes from home?  Yeah, about  that…

So, why am I up?  Because being a teacher has taken over my life, and all I ever think about these days is getting my YA class together.  I literally woke up and thought: “I need to start putting my lessons on a calendar.  I should stop at Target and buy a cute calendar/planner!”  AAAHHH!!  That should not be running through my mind at 5am!  But it is.  Because I love what I do 🙂

While I’m up, I’ll update what I’ve read and am currently reading.  I finished reading Unwind.  It is an awesome book.  I’d love to teach it because I can only imagine the discussions that would come up!  What would any of us do if our parents could choose to unwind us?  How could our society ever think unwinding is a good idea?!  It’s scary to think about actually.  For any of you that want to read it, it’s waiting for you on my shelf.

Right now I’m reading Rachel Cohn and David Levithan’s book Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List.  It’s not as funny as Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (also on my shelf waiting for you), but I’m not sure if Cohn and Levithan want it to be.  Don’t get me wrong, there have been some lol moments so far, but mostly I feel for Naomi and Ely.  I don’t want to spoil the book, so click on the link to read a good review.  I’m pretty sure this will make it to my shelf by Monday.

For any of you that want to buy some new/used books, check this site out http://www.betterworldbooks.com/ Books bought through this site help fund world literacy programs.  Also, you don’t have to pay shipping when you order!  I bought six used books for $24.  Happy shopping 🙂

Before I forget!  I want to post, around my classroom, great first lines from books.  Do any of you have any suggestions for lines we should include?  I have about 12 so far, but I want more than that.  I also need to think of an eye-catching way to display them.  Any input will be appreciated.


  1. Alex Swanson says:

    I think that is so cool that our class is really important to you. I also want to read unwind so badly. I also want to read Naomi and elys no kiss list. I watched the nick and noras playlist but i thought i was kinda dumb. So now im not so sure that i want to read it if its not as good as that.

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      Honestly, Alex, the movie and the book can’t be compared. The book is at least ten times better than the movie. Give it a try 🙂

  2. Eric Paul Davis says:

    Yea there’s this book that I started to read but didn’t finish but the first line is “In the beginning…”

  3. Simone Orcutt says:

    Well to comment on baker being only 7 minutes away according to mapquest;thats hilarious. Well I also read Unwind and I thought it was an amazing book as well. And I LOVE Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist! And for the great first lines of books thing, you should use, The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. The first line is,”Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.” And you should also use Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. The first line of that is,”You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forbodings.” Well I guess thats it.

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