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Monday, July 14, 2014

It is Monday, July 14th, and I am reading...

Book Journey
Teach Mentor Texts

Currently Reading:

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

      I can't tell, and I'm have way through, if this is just a simple love story or a complicated horror/mystery story. It is getting good reviews so I continue to hold out hope that I will figure it out soon. I'm on pg. 121 of 225

The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by EK Johnston

     I am not much of a dragon/fantasy reading gal but this book also has great reviews and I do have students who love fantasy stories so I shall read it to see if the reviewers are right. I'm not very far on page 20 of 312.

Recently finished:

  • Looking for Alaska by John Green. A reread for me. Here it the review.
  • One Day by David Nicholls. I also rewatched the DVD. A funny/sad love story.
  • Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed  What We Eat by Gail Jarrows. About the discovery of the vitamin niacin and the cure for pellagra. Here's the review.
  • The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe. Written in poetic prose. My review.
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon. Another reread. Here's what I had to say about it.

Up next (or what I will be taking with me on my trip to Nashville):
  • My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor. a book club selection.
  • Going Over by Beth Kephart. About the Berlin Wall.
  • Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. Has anyone read this? It is supposed to be funny.
What's on your reading list this week?


  1. I'm only about fifty pages into Liars, but I wondered the same thing! Glad it is not just me. And I think I'll keep going.

  2. I've heard a lot of very good things about 'we were liars' but I haven't gotten a copy yet precisely because I'm not sure about what exactly it is! You've read a lot of really interesting books this week and I hope you enjoy all the ones you have now! Thanks for sharing :)
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    Juli @ Universe in Words

  3. I've been wanting to read We Were Liars as well, still waiting for the library to get it. I love Looking For Alaska as well!

  4. I just started Jojo Moyes' new book. It is good so far. Anxious to hear what you think of We Were Liars. I read that a few weeks ago.

  5. I think you picked a good assortment of books for road trip reading! Make sure to watch the TedTalk video of Jill Bolte Taylor's!

  6. Oh, boy, enjoy We Were Liars! It's a compelling one - definitely mysterious and more than a love story, but you'll have to keep reading to find out...

    Sounds like you are enjoying lots of good summer reading. I loved the Curious Incident (both my boys read it for their HS English classes and liked it, too) and want to read Looking for Alaska.

    I am slogging my way - slowly - through Emma but am kind of bored by it! Struggling to stick with it.


    Book By Book

  7. Have a great trip to Nashville! I keep looking at My Stroke of Insight, but I haven't read it yet.

    Joy's Book Blog

  8. Keep reading We Were Liars. I had the same reaction but it all spins together and really makes you think quietly for a while. It is a very unique read.

  9. Hi there Anne, I've read a lot of great reviews about We Were Liars, I hope your reading experience gets better as you figure out what the story is about. :) Have a great reading week, and have fun in Nashville. I haven't heard Grasshopper Jungle described as funny - more of disturbing based on some reviews I read.


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