Happy New Year's Eve! I can't believe another year has just blown by! 2012 was an amazing year. I'm anxious and excited to see what 2013 has in store!
With this being Christmas break and all, I've finally had time to catch up on my reading and this past week. I'm looking forward to another week of rest, relaxation and good books!
Last week I read:
Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou
I found myself skimming through quite a bit of this book though there were a few treasured nuggets of wisdom I'll be using in my classroom.
You Tell Your Dog First by Alison Pace
Alison Pace not only gets dogs, she gets dog-people too. I think I might call her the quintessential dog person. Love, love, love this book. I'll be writing a longer review of this one after the first of the year.
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
This book lagged in the middle but had a great beginning and ending. Gayle Forman just knows how to weave a page-turning story and craft unique, interesting characters.
Picture books I read and loved last week:
Hello! Hello! by Matthew Cordell
This book reminds me of one of my student's 6-word memoir from last year:
Forget i-everything. Go climb a tree.
Hello! Hello! is a nice reminder to us of the beautiful world beyond our gadget screens.
Sit, Truman! by Dan Harper, illustrated by Cara and Barry Moser
Oh Truman, you are just a great, big, lovable oaf, aren't you? I read this book in the car and laughed the whole time, thus my husband kept looking over at me wondering what was so entertaining. A giant bull mastiff, that's what.
I also reviewed five titles in a speed review post (kind of like speed dating, but for book reviews).
The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy
My students can't wait to read this one so I promised I'd read it over break so I could finally start passing it around after the first of the year. (Even though I tell my students no one can call dibs on anything, I sure get to call dibs on books. It's good to be the teacher. :-P)
A Whole New Mind by Daniel H. Pink
I listened to the audiobook of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates us probably like two years ago and have been meaning to read/listen to this book for a while now. I'm finally getting around to it and it is no less brilliant and mind-blowing than Drive was.
Since my blog hasn't seen so much activity in a while, I thought I'd also give you a recap of all I posted last week:
Audiobook Review: The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond
My Top Ten Favorite Books of 2012
The best gifts are unexpected: Moorenko's Ice Cream
And the Babymouse Thief was...
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good book!