Monday Book Talks and What I am Reading

Booktalks for 8th grade today:

It is interesting how the students want to talk about books and keep talking about them in general. It warms my heart. The ideas behind the stories are interesting to them as well. I also gave a survey of some books they like/hate/what they are reading now to get a better idea of topics to recommend. There are a vast amount of books to put on their radars. Milk and Honey (the poetry collection) that has seen recent popularity is circulating around the room. The poetry was a bit too heavy for me, but I am glad that they are branching out to that genre.

Between the Shades of Gray and Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by: Paul Fleischman and Eric Beddow

Poetry that is interesting and fun and meant to be read aloud.

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh

A great nonfiction story about the start of Zappos. I also mentioned that Starbucks and Tom’s Shoes also have similar books about the starting of companies.

 An Abundance of Katherines by: John Green
Love this book and the footnotes.
Alice in Wonderland by: Lewis Carroll

A classic story that I have loved all my life, and only read within the last couple of years.

What I Just Read:

The Girl Before by JP Delaney

Loved this title. The story is about 2 woman who apply for the privilege of renting a house that is minimal and full of technology that gathers data about the way they live. The story is full of interesting twists and the application questions peppered throughout the story is an added detail that makes it even more interesting. The house itself is a character and you always feel like you are on the brink of a new piece of information that takes the story in a new direction.
Fantastic read!
A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward An Undivided Life
Parker Palmer

A book about trust, silence, and becoming the people our souls are.

 

Happy Reading!

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