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