It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 7-1-13

Hosted by Jen & Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts-My favorite place to be on a Monday for more book recommendations than I can keep up with, and fun discussions and comments on our week of reading!

Again I find myself busier than planned, which cuts into my reading time.  I did work my way through a couple of books, but I still feel rather behind.  But, it's ok!  I had a blast making some wedding decorations with the future in-laws:
We gathered sticks after hitting up the used book sale
Punched two different sized flowers out of old book pages
Hot glued the flowers to our sticks
And made the sweetest little decorations!

This ties my book love into my wedding even more.  We are also going to use antique books as part of our centerpieces.  

And a moment to brag before I get to my week's reading:
A nearby library hosts New England's largest used book sale annually.  The sale is a major even, tons of people, tons of books!  This little spread was a whopping $12.50!  

11 Graphic Novels
2 Audio Books
2 Awesome Vintage Books
2 Hardcover Novels
2 Paperback Novels
5 Hardcover Nonfiction Titles
4 Paperback Nonfiction Titles
1 Star Wars Book
What a deal :)

Books I Read this Week:

The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick
Algonquin Books, 2013 
(Provided by publisher for review)
Fantasy/Science Fiction
307 pages
Recommended for grades 5-8

Strong beginning: Edward is a loner, lives with his odd aunt, and he slinks by in school trying not to be noticed.  When Edward needs a rock for a school assignment he grabs the first one he can find in his backyard.  What Edward doesn't know is that he has picked up a fetch.  The fetch contains snatches of time that have been collected and stored.  What is the most valuable thing we all have: time.  
As the story progresses we see what happens when the fetch is disturbed.  Basically, chaos breaks out.  
Things went a bit wild towards the later third of the book, expect anything to happen.   The conclusion of the book made me feel like I was finally getting to know the characters.  I wonder if this is book 1, or a stand alone title.  

Grumbles from the Forest: Fairy Tale Voices with a Twist by Jane Yolen and Rebecca Kai Dotlich, illustrated by Matt Mahurin
Wordsong, 2013
40 pages
Recommended for grades 3-5

Classic fairy tale characters are the voices within these pages.  I love the following lines in the Note to Readers: "Imagine.  Enchant.  Write a poem that rewrites the tale.  Make a little magic."  Each poem from a different character voice and perhaps from an unfamiliar perspective.  The poems were fun, for me it was the artwork that shined though.  

 I'm Currently Reading:

On Deck: 

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I LOVE those decorations. What a great idea. When is the BIG DAY?? Oh, and your books look interesting too. New titles to me. Have a great week.

  2. Your wedding decorations are spectacular! What fun to create with family, too! And you got such a haul from that sale. I just went to ours & found some good ones, but it was more expensive! Still much fun to browse and browse. The Time Fetch sounds very good, and I've heard of Grumbles-will try it too sometime! Is your wedding soon? Have much fun preparing!

    1. Thank you! I think the best part about making them was that we all had fun working on them together :) I have many more to make on my own, but they gave me a great head start! I just love book sales...we all do! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Don't you love a good book sale?! And your wedding decorations are gorgeous, and so unique!

    1. Awe, thank you! And of course I love a good book sale! So much so that I had to visit it all 3 days it was running... :)

  4. An exciting time for you! Beautiful decorations. I see Love Aubrey in your book pile score. My daughter has read that title numerous times and cries each time. I finally read it and see why she loved it.

    1. I LOVE Love Aubrey! I have 2 copies already, but I know that many of my returning students will want to read it, and with 40 Reading Workshop students it doesn't hurt to have a few copies of the hits :) That author has a new book coming out this year, I can't wait to read it!

  5. Oh, those centerpiece decorations are lovely. What a great way to personalize them! And lots of good book scores and reading on deck, too! Have a great week!

    1. Thanks Lorna! And a great week to you too!

  6. WHAT A HAUL! That is so awesome!
    Also, adore your wedding decorations.
    Enjoy Like Bug Juice on a Burger- it is quite an awesome book.

    Happy reading this week! :)

    1. Thanks Kellee! I've wanted to read Big Juice since I saw you guys sharing it on TMT. Happy reading week to you too!

  7. I absolutely LOVE library sales. It looks like a great selection of books. I also love the fact that you made those decorations with old book pages. What a great way to make something pretty for your wedding while also pulling in your love of books. Grumbles from the Forest looks like a fabulous book! Thanks for sharing. Have a good reading week!

    1. Thanks Andrea! I knew sharing my recycled book decorations here would be for just the right audience to appreciate them :) This yearly library sale that I hit up is truly amazing. There are so many people is rather daring to shop there on day 1! Grumbles is a cool book, I love poetry books.

  8. I LOVE your decorations! What a great idea. I may have to steal that for some party along the way. Book sales are the best.

    I am looking forward to reading School for Good and Evil (or is it "of"). It looks like a lot of fun.

    Have a great time getting ready for your festivities!

    1. Thanks Crystal! Feel free to steal that idea! I found the idea online and made some changes, so steal away!

      School for Good and Evil is awesome so far! Great writing. One of those books that I am dreading writing a review on because I know I won't do it justice.

  9. Love the decorations. It sounds like your special day will be filled with everything you love. A library book sale is always a great thing!

    1. Thanks for the sweet comment, and thanks for stopping by!


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