I love my on-line life and it has certainly added to my reading pile. I try to get as many books as possible from the library so my budget isn't absolutely ruined by my book buying. As soon as I see a book I am interested in, unless it's already in my must-be-purchased-immediately-without-even-looking-at-it-first pile, I put it on hold at the library. But why is it when you have as many books on hold as I do, they all seem to come in at once? And if you have any longer chapter books, say some young adult or even adult reads on hold, well. that really dents your reading time! So, not a ton read, but some good longer reads to recommend!
I also just got back from seeing the new Cinderella movie. While I am definitely Disney-biased, I do highly recommend this movie. It was beautiful!
In Mary's Garden by Tina and Carson Kugler
I quickly read this book at ALA this winter, but I was thrilled to have more time with it this week. Art can be so many different things and I love that Mary Nohl saw something so unique and special. I think this book is going to touch the hearts of many readers.
In by Nikki McClure
I think this book is going to go on my Mock Geisel unit at the end of this year. Simple words, but I love what you can talk about the writing. This book reminded me of Lizi Boyd's Flashlight but with text. The things you can find when you use your imagination...
Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally Walker
For those who know me, they know I love all things Disney. However, I detest Winnie-the-Pooh. Not a popular opinion, I know. I've never liked Pooh Bear. Too whiny for me. I don't care for any of the Hundred Acre Woods characters. But I thoroughly enjoyed this book that gives some of the history behind the bear. Maybe because it's history, I can look past my detest for Pooh and love his story!
The Question of Miracles by Elana K. Arnold
My heart broke for the main character. To want something that in your heart you know cannot happen... to ask the impossible questions. Thought provoking book, especially at the end. While I loved the emotion and big questions it asked, I thought the author could have gone a bit deeper, it seemed that she got into the shallow water... almost at the deep end... but came up a little too soon.
Mightier Than the Sword by Jeffrey Archer
I love historical fiction and this family chronicle has fed that part of my book soul. This was another good addition to the Clifton family story, and as usual, it ended with a cliffhanger. Since I know the next one won't be out for another year, this time I wrote down what was happening with all the main characters. I'm hoping that will help me remember the major plot lines. It seems like I spend the first part of each book going, oh yeah! Now I remember!
Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim
Loving the story - told in the 1800s, about the relationship between a young daughter of a plantation owner and her nurse, a slave the family owns. Fantastic story. It's gripping, and I always want to return to it when I have to put it down. It's a debut author and I think there are certain writing techniques that need to be improved upon (better editing??), but the story is so strong, you can get through the writing. Highly recommended.
It's Spring Break reading time! I have a lot of picture books to get through. The 2016 IL Bluestem and Monarch Reader's Choice nominees just came out and I'm trying to get through some of them.
Some other books in the pile:
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith
RollerGirl by Victoria Jamieson
A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean
Amulet #1 by Kazu Kibuishi
Lulu's Mysterious Mission by Judith Viorst
Here's to #bookaday!!!