Skip to main content

It's Monday!

Check out all the participants in #IMWAYR at

This week I read:

It was a strange week in reading for me.  I didn't enjoy Perry's Killer Playlist as much as I did the first book, Au Revoir Crazy European Chick.  Little White Duck was a beautiful graphic novel, but I don't see many students enjoying it.  Splintered was definitely a YA updated version of Alice in Wonderland (a bit sexier than I expected!).  I'm looking forward to the sequel, Unhinged, due out January 2014.  Leaving Paradise, I think I enjoyed the most.  I may even begin the sequel, Return to Paradise, this week. 

This week I'm reading:

I really want to finish Homeland by Cory Doctorow...but our library copy still hasn't arrived!  I started it a few weeks ago at the bookstore and am SO HOOKED but too cheap to buy another copy!  Lenny Cyrus, School Virus is an ARC from NCTE.  We'll see what the week brings!

I hope you have a fantastic week and take the time to READ!


  1. It shames me that I have not read any Cory Doctorow. Seriously. I enjoyed Simone Elkeles' Perfect Chemistry series and plan to read more of her books. Eventually. Have a great reading week!

  2. I really need to read Perry's Killer Playlist. I LOVED Au Revoir Crazy European Chick.

    And of course I have tons of love for Penny Kittle and Book Love!

  3. Yay Splintered!! Lol, I can't believe 3 of us were all reading this and finished at the same time :) The author is from TX and is going to be at TeenBookCon in April, so I'm hoping I get to meet her!
    I was planning to read Book Love over Spring Break, but I left it at school :(

  4. I never went back and picked up Splintered. I'm happy to see you enjoyed it though. I had a social studies teacher read White Duck and he felt the same way. He thought it might be too disjointed for the normal student graphic novel reader. Mostly can be used in classes. Keep up the good reading!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Review: Attachments

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm not sure why I waited to read this book. I had heard others mention they loved ALL of Rainbow Rowell's books, even her "adult" one, Attachments. (Side note: Why does mentioning it's an adult book sound so dirty?! It's not at all. It's just not a YA book. It's actually cleaner than many of the YA books I've read...) Anyway, I requested this title from my library and was pleased to pick it up a few days ago. I immediately began reading it. It was a breath of fresh air for me. Perhaps because the characters WERE adults, and not angst-ridden teens or supernatural beings, or any of the other stereotypes it seems like I've been reading too much of lately...

Rainbow Rowell has a way of writing characters that you wish you knew in real life. They're interesting, sincere, and realistic. I especially enjoyed the format of this book with the many emails between Jennifer and Beth. Lin…

1-2-3 Wonder

Collaborating is one of the aspects of teaching that I most enjoy.  As a school librarian, I have the unique opportunity to collaborate, teach, and work with many different teachers and students in my school building, grades K-12.  This school year, one of my professional goals is to collaborate outside of my school and even outside of Indiana. 

When David Etkin mentioned on Twitter that he had an idea for a Wonder extension lesson, I immediately said "I'm in!"  We talked it out a bit and decided to recruit a few more people to the collaborating party from the #WONDERschools initiative.  Davidforced  persuaded Reilly into participating in this project with her 5th grade students.  

We worked together in Google Docs on the lesson idea, questions, and discussed how to best implement this in our classrooms.   Then we decided how to combine and showcase what was done in each of our classes. The cool part of this collaboration was that we used several methods of communication: …

Totoro #PostItNoteArt

Our post-it note art for the fourth 9 weeks this school year is from the movie My Neighbor Totoro.  It seemed to be a bigger undertaking than usual.  I think the main reason for this was because we had to alter the patterns quite a bit to fit our windows.  This always presents a challenge to keep the scale the same and make sure the finished art is still recognizable.  Connolly does a great job with this and usually eyeballs the changes.  I, on the other hand, prefer to be able to follow the pattern row by row.

Time wise, the three forest spirits were created in about six total hours.

Finished windows:

Daughter finished the #Totoro #PostitNoteArt on our library windows. Like every one we've created, it's now my favorite. 💙 (Top: view from hallway; bottom: view inside library) #myneighbortotoro #myfriendtotoro #TotoroSocietyART #TotoroisHere #RMHSLibrary @postit
A photo posted by Sherry Gick (@sngick) on Apr 21, 2016 at 1:14pm PDT
A few videos of the process:  (It's always…