Summer Reading Update: 7/14

Just as a reminder here is the list of books I set out to read this summer.  It has been growing as I find more books to read.

  1. Breaking Dawn /Stephenie Meyer
  2. Maus/ Art Spiegelman
  3. Maus II/ Art Spiegelman
  4. Catching Fire/ Suzanne Collins
  5. Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian / Sherman Alexie
 (Own but haven’t read yet!)
  6. Speak / Laurie Halse Anderson
  7. 13 Reasons Why/ Jay Asher
  8. Little Brother / Cory Doctorow
  9. Push / Sapphire
  10. Uglies / Scott Westerfeld
  11. Number the Stars/ Lois Lowry
  12. How I Live Now/ Meg Rosoff
  13. Double Dutch/ Sharon M. Draper
  14. Postcards From No Man’s Land/ Aidan Chambers
  15. Prom/Laurie Halse Anderson
  16. Daniel X/ James Patterson
  17. Lord of the Flies/ William Golding

I’m pretty happy with my progress.  As you can see I have read 6 books.  My goal was 25 but if I finish at least 15 I think I can consider myself successful.  Now I just need to catch up on my reviews.

Summer Reading Update: 7/8/2010

I am currently on vacation and have been so busy that I have not had a huge chance to read!  That being said- I have started reading The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson and Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer.  I will finish Breaking Dawn  first.  I forgot to bring Daniel X with me on this trip but I will finish that one soon too.

I know I still owe a review of How I Live Now and I promise, it is forthcoming.  Thanks for staying loyal readers! 

What are you reading this summer?

Speak- Laurie Halse Anderson


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This book is so well known that I feel silly that I didn’t read it till now.  Speak is a great novel that follows its main character, Melinda, through her freshman year of high school.  Melinda faces a lot of issues throughout the book all stemming from an event that occurred the summer before the book starts.  I felt like this book opens up important topics for discussion.  As usual Anderson captures the voice of American teens with great accuracy.

I know there are school districts that have all of their freshmen read this book.  I would not hesitate to use it in my classroom or to recommend it as independent reading to a student.  I think that this book is appropriate for grades 8-12.

Awards:

A 2000 Printz Honor Book
A 1999 National Book Award Finalist
An Edgar Allan Poe Award Finalist
Winner of the Golden Kite Award
An ALA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults
An ALA Quick Pick
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Booklist Top Ten First Novel of 1999
A BCCB Blue Ribbon Book
An SLJ Best Book of the year
A Horn Book Fanfare Title
2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award (for this and other novels)

Summer Vacation

I will be going out of town twice in the near future and both times involve extended periods of time in the car and in planes.  Because of this I have assembled a pile of books to read.  I will be taking with me:

Double Dutch- Sharon Draper
Prom- Laurie Halse Anderson
Number the Stars- Louis Lowry
Daniel X- James Patterson
Breaking Dawn- Stephenie Meyer
Wurthering Heights- Emily Bronte

I will also be writing reviews of Speak and Postcards From No Man’s Land which we will scheduled to post while I am away.  Hope you enjoy!