Abandon It or Stick With It?

I’m out of sorts as of late. My mind is going in all different directions and I can’t focus. Consequently, I continue to pick up new books and none of them are holding my interest. I’m starting to think it’s me, not the books. So I need your help.These two books have A LOT of hype around them (from bloggers, friends, pubs, etc.). But I can’t get into them.

Quite a few of my friends have raved about The Living by Matt de la Pena, but I’m 85 pages in and I’m not really interested. I have SO MANY books to read and I want this to grab me and keep holding on. I want to be excited about The Living so I can rave about in my classroom. And this is completely nit-picky, but I hate the name Shy. I keep reading it as “she” and then I get confused. Have any of you struggled with this book? If you loved it, how much longer do you think I should keep reading before giving up? Is it worth the time?

Another book that has been receiving rave reviews from my friends, bloggers, and especially the publisher is These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner. I was incredibly excited to receive an ARC at NCTE because I love the cover and it sounds fantastic. Unfortunately, I wasn’t grabbed at all when I started reading These Broken Stars. I usually like it when the author(s) throws the reader right into the story, but this one confused me more than anything. Also, this is probably way too nit-picky but the font is much smaller than I prefer and quite a bit of text is condensed on the page. I only just made it to Lilac’s point of view for the first time so I feel like I haven’t given this a fair shot. But at the same time, I’m 18 pages in and questioning whether I want to continue.

What do you think, readers? I’d love for you to chime in and give me some advice!

Student Book Love: The Bigger Picture

For the past few days I’ve been posting the books that three of my classes listed as their award-worthy favorites read in 2012.  I’ve enjoyed putting the posts together because they provide an interesting glimpse at my students’ reading preferences.  After seeing such a wide range of favorites between the three classes I decided to put together a post which includes some of the titles that didn’t “make the cut” and others that I see becoming favorites of 2013.


More 2012 Student Favorites (click on the image for Goodreads link)

The Perks of Being a WallflowerThe Sky is Everywhere paperback

Burning BlueMeant to Be


The Book ThiefBall Don't Lie

Predicted Student Favorites of 2013 (click on the image for Goodreads link)
*Most of these titles were listed as favorites multiple times but between different classes which is why they didn’t end up on the top 10 lists*

WonderLove and Other Perishable Items

Something Like NormalThe Fault in Our Stars

Every DayBeautiful Creatures 2


this-is-not-a-drill-coverI Heart You, You Haunt Me

Anna Dressed in Bloodjkt_9780545334747.indd

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