Saturday, July 23, 2011

Summer Reading Update

I have been reading a lot this summer! Everything from books for entertainment to books for school! I thought I'd share some of the good (and not so good) so far!

I posted earlier this summer about my summer reading plans. I've only completed one of them. It's Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. After reading that one, I read Linger and Forever, the second and third in the trilogy. I loved these books!! I enjoyed them a lot more than I thought I would! I was just checking these out, not really looking for something in the werewolf genre. But I loved them! I actually really liked the characters & the fact that they weren't weak or annoying. There were some strong girl characters, which can sometimes be harder to find in young adult books. I definitely recommend them! The second one is my favorite of the bunch, but I liked them all!

I also started reading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare from my earlier Summer Reading List. I haven't actually finished it yet. I'm about halfway through it and I haven't connected to it like I have a lot of other books, so I decided to set it aside for a little while & I'm going to pick it up again later.

Time of My Life by Allison Winn Scotch was just an average read for me. It's about a suburban housewife who wakes up one day and it's years earlier. She's still dating her ex-boyfriend, hasn't met her future husband yet and doesn't have her daughter. It's all about her discovering the "what could have been" kind of thing. I actually didn't really end up relating to the main character a whole lot. It was interesting to see how they come through the journey from "what could have been" to where she is now. I liked the way they ended it. But there were several things about the main character (I can't even remember her name right now) that just kept me from really connecting to her, so I can't say I would totally recommend this one.

Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella was good and really cute! I have actually really started to enjoy the Sophie Kinsella books! It's not much different than any of the other ones, but I liked it!!

I also read The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella. Another really cute book that I liked!

A friend of mine who works in a bookstore recommended I read My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares. Ann wrote The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and has since written two adult novels as well. My Name is Memory is one of these. It's the first of a trilogy, so as soon as I found that out, I was totally okay with the ending & I got really excited about the next two installments! This was one of my favorites that I've read this summer!

Two that I have attempted & not finished were The Truth About Diamonds by Nicole Richie and Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes. I had heard from someone a couple of years ago that they thought The Truth About Diamonds was pretty cute, but before I was even through the first chapter, I was just annoyed by everyone in the book and I wasn't even remotely interested in what happened to them from that point. Sushi for Beginners started out okay, but I think it was hard for me that it followed three different people and I just didn't connect with all of them. I stopped reading it after about 6 chapters.

Now, on my list for the rest of the summer is Matched by Ally Condie, French Women Don't Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano and Juliet by Anne Fortier! I'm hoping I'll be able to finish them before school starts on August 10!!

What have you been reading this summer?

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Are you a Teacher??

(My empty classroom, ready for me to set up!!)

Hello, readers. I have been diligently (read: obsessively) researching and planning things for my classroom! If you don't know already, I was recently hired to my first teaching position in 4th grade! School starts August 10 and I'm going in on Tuesdays and Fridays right now to set up my classroom! It is a little overwhelming to come in and set up for the first year! But at the same time, it's exciting because it's like a blank slate! I can start fresh!

So here's where you come in. I know that many of the people I follow are teachers, but I'm wondering if anyone who follows me is a teacher. I have questions and am looking for ideas and what I've loved so much about this blog so far is the community and the people I've met! I feel comfortable asking questions to you all! (Feel special.)

So are you a teacher??
I'd love to chat!

In the meantime, if you are not already on Pinterest (or if you are), come check it out! I'll send you an invite if you need one! But I've got a Kids board, a classroom board, a home board, and several others! I am absolutely LOVING finding great ideas on there!!

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Sunday, July 3, 2011


My friends have a beautiful lake house & we've visited before, but yesterday was our first time where Isis was old enough to appreciate where she was & get excited about a ride on the lake! It was so fun!!

She loved playing on the big porch & looking out at the water!

We found her a little life vest to wear when she went down on the dock! 

She wasn't crazy about the life vest, but she loved putting her feet in the water off the back of the boat!

But then we found a better life vest swimsuit that she borrowed from her friend Reese! Now she was ready to go for a ride on the water!

She LOVED being out on the water! I think we'll have to make it a more regular thing to go visit the lake! 

Hope everyone is having a fun-filled 4th of July weekend!!!

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