Monthly Archives: July 2010

My Reading List

As I shared in my previous post, I have decided to join in on the 48-Hour Read-A-Thon in order to get myself back into reading. I wanted to share with you the books I will be reading this weekend. I’ve already started the first two, The Book Whisperer and The Magician, both of which I highly recommend. When I finish with those two, I’ll move on to The Book Thiefand Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life.

In case you’re wondering about my fancy bookends, those are the “just in case” books for this weekend (as in, “just in case I finish all four books I’ll have more reasons to continue lounging around enjoying my read-a-thon!”) Those books are:

Time to get back to the couch. That’s where my books are!

Happy Reading!



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48-Hour Read-A-Thon

I have a confession to make. I have not read nearly enough books this summer. I’ve written much more than I’ve read, and that’s great…but it’s still not enough. So, when a blog post about a weekend read-a-thon came across my blog feed, I jumped at the chance to spend some quality time with some of my best friends: my books.

The rest of this blog post is cross-posted from my Notes From McTeach blog:

It’s quite simple. Just take time away from other activities like television-watching or internet-surfing and devote that time to reading. I can do this! Will you join me?

Here are the guidelines from the Unputdownables blog:

If You’re In:

  1. Choose a few books that you will attempt to finish this weekend (Friday evening through Sunday night).
  2. Post your TBR Read-a-Thon books on your blog so your readers can see what you are attempting for the weekend.
  3. Challenge your readers to read along with you! (It’s OK if they don’t, but might be fun if they want to choose at least one book to participate with).
  4. Join the discussion all weekend long at #bookblogchat on Twitter.
  5. Post updates on your blog about what you are reading and what you have finished (full reviews can come later, but this will let your readers know what you are reading so they can either read along or look forward to your reviews!)
  6. Visit other blogs that are doing the read-a-long. Post comments and follow your fellow bloggers.
  7. Make sure you sign up here with Mr. Linky with a link to your first post so we can follow your progress!
  8. *If you don’t have a blog but want to participate: Sign up with Mr. Linky, just don’t add a website (or you can link to your Twitter or GoodReads page).*

If You’re Not In, but Want to Support:

  1. Check out the blogs that are participating below in the Mr. Linky list.
  2. Visit those blogs and leave comments and encouragement
  3. Add to your own TBRs as you see what others are reading!

And here is my reading challenge for this weekend:

  • The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller (I’ve started it, but plan to finish it)
  • The Magician by Michael Scott (I’m surprised I put it down to write this post!)
  • Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

It’s tempting to add another twenty books to this list, but I need to keep the list manageable for this slow reader! Now, I wonder what would make the best snacks…

For my students, if you would like to participate, please enter your book lists as a comment here on this blog. Let’s start talking about what we’re reading!

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Meet Me At The Library

Learning at the Googleplex

Hello to all my favorite students out there!! I hope everyone has been having a wonderful summer. I’ve spent quite a bit of time learning this summer…how about you? I haven’t read nearly enough books this summer, but there’s still time. It’s not that I haven’t done any reading, just to be clear. I’ve read quite a bit, actually.

Speaking of reading, have you been to the newly-opened Walnut Creek library yet? I hear it’s amazing! But I have to see it for myself. So, if you’re looking for a new book to read, why don’t you meet me at the library tomorrow. Mrs. Bailey and I will both be there around 10:00 in the morning and will probably stay until about lunchtime. Look for us at the purple couches in the teen section.

Can’t wait to hear all about what you’ve been reading!


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