What I’m Reading Now

December 2018

*Rules of Civility- Amor Towles

The Poisonwood Bible- Barbara Kingsolver

Cozy Minimalist Home- Myquillyn Smith

*It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way- Lysa TerKeurst

Remember God- Annie Downs

November 2018

*The Grapes of Wrath- Steinbeck

*East if Eden- Steinbeck

October 2018

*Crossing to Safety- Wallace Stegner

The Thing about Jellyfish- Ali Benjamin

An American Marriage- Tayari Jones

*The Girl Who Drank the Moon – Katie Barnhill

*Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine- Gail Honeyman (audio)

Where the Crawdads Sing- Delia Owens

Homebody – Joanna Gaines

*My Name is Asher Lev- Chaim Potok

September 2018

*Less- Andrew Sean Greer

*The Goldfinch- Donna Tartt

Ghost- Jason Reynolds

*Before We Were Yours (audio)

August 2018

The Last Mrs. Parrish – Liv Constantine

*Educated: A Memoir – Tara Westover

Olive Kitteredge- Elizabeth Strout

*The Great Alone- Kristin Hannah

Summer 2018

Long Way Down –  Jason Reynolds

Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achibe

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

The Five Love Languages – Dr. Gary Chapman (re-read)

Wit – Margaret Edson

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

*100 Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Othello – William Shakespeare

*The Elegance of the Hedgehog – Muriel Barbury

*Gilead – Marilynne Robinson

Housekeeping – Marilynne Robinson

I am One of You Forever – Fred Chappell

History of the Rain – Niall Williams

*Everybody Always – Bob Goff

Girl, Wash Your Face – Rachel Hollis

*Love Does- Bob Goff

*Begin Again – Leanna Tankersley

Uninvited – Lysa TerKeurst (re-read)

Winter 2017-2018

Freefall to Fly– Rebekah Lyons

Breaking Free– Rebekah Lyons

September 2017

Esperanza Rising – Pam Munoz Ryan

August 2017

Carve the Mark – Veronica Roth

The Sun is Also a Star – Nicola Yoon

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds

Only Love Today by Rachel Macy Stafford

Practical Paleo 2nd Edition – Diane Sanfillipo

Summer 2017:

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain

Body Love by Kelly Kelly LeVeque

Glass Sword – V. Aveyard

King’s Cage – V. Aveyard

Spring 2017:

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

The Wrath and the Dawn – R. Ahdieh

The Rose and the Dagger – R. Ahdieh

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World – Kristen Welch

The Diabolic – S.J. Kincaid

The Case Against Sugar – Gary Taubes

The Tipping Point – Malcolm Glidwell

The Boys in the Boat – Daniel James Brown

January-February 2017

The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin

Why We Get Fat – Gary Taubes

Holding Up the Universe – Jennifer Niven

Daring Greatly – Brene Brown

The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg

One Thousand Gifts – Ann Voskamp

Rising Strong – Brene Brown

Spark Joy- Marie Kondo

Better Than Before – Gretchen Rubin

The Weekenders – Mary Kay Andrews

Hands Free Mama – Rachel Macy Stafford

Raymie Nightingale – Kate DiCamillo

Eat That Frog – Brian Tracy

The More of Less – Joshua Becker

The War That Saved My Life – Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

These Shallow Graves – Jennifer Donnelly

August 2016

Listening To:

The Girl from Everywhere – Heidi Heilig

July 2016:

Save the Date– Mary Kay Andrews

Beautiful Oblivion– Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Redemption – Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Sacrifice – Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Burn – Jamie McGuire

Listening To:

All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

The Girl on the Train– Paula Hawkins

June 2016


Breathe, Annie, Breath – Miranda Kenneally

The Key to Extraordinary – Natalie Lloyd

Positive: Surviving My Bullies, Finding Hope, and Living to Change the World – Paige Rawl

Listening to:

Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee

The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness

Port Chicago 50 – Steve Sheinkin

Saint Anything – Sarah Dessen

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy

Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

Bone Gap – Laura Ruby

May 2016-


A Thousand Pieces of You – Claudia Gray

Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions – Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana

Poisoned Apples: Poems for You My Pretty – Christine Heppermann

The Crossover – Kwame Alexander

Listening to:

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future – A.S. King

The Kiss of Deception (Remnant Chronicles) – Mary E. Pearson

The Family Romanov- Candace Fleming

Unbroken – Lauren Hillenbrand

The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream – Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt, and Lisa Frazier Page

April 2016 – 

All the Bright Places- Jennifer Nevin

Readicide– Kelly Gallagher

March 2016

The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside our Schools – Liz Wiseman, Lois Allen, Ellie Foster

For the Love – Jen Hatmaker

Let me try to actually keep up with this again…See above!

August 2014

One – Kiera Cass

July 2014
Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different

Siege and Storm – Leigh Bardugo

Flora & Ulysses – Kate DiCamillo

June 2014
Everyday – David Levithan
The Opposite of Hallelujah – Anna Jarzab
Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo
Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowles
April 2014

“Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless Lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.”   Read more @ http://www.marissameyer.com/book/book-one/ .

September 23, 2013: Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

September 17, 2013: Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown (author of Hate List)

September 6, 2013: Bluefish by Pat Schmatz

September 1, 2013: The Perfect Game by J. Sterling

August 30, 2013: The Diviners by Libba Bray (too spooky for me)

August 15, 2013: The Edge of Never by J. Redmerski

June-July, 2013: Wonder, My Name is Not Easy, Spring Fever, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, The Island, A Light Between Oceans, Hopeless, Forge

May 21, 2013: The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

May 17, 2013 : How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

May 2013 : Walking Disaster by Julie Maguire

May 2013: Beautiful Disater by Julie Maguire

April 2013 : Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

March 2013 : Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins

March 1, 2013 : How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

Feb. 25, 2013: Rigor Is Not a Four-Letter Word (2nd ed.) by Barbara

Feb. 25, 2013: How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden
Power of Character by Paul Tough

Feb. 18, 2013: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (still

Feb. 16, 2013: The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

Feb. 15, 2013 – Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys (author of
Between Shades of Gray) I began on Friday night and sat on my couch
until I finished it Saturday!! Soooo good!!

Feb. 15, 2013 – Chopsticks: A Novel by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo
Corral (Love this concept!)

Feb. 1, 2013 – Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret
Stohl (Can’t wait for the movie!!)

Jan. 27, 2013 – The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (Oh my, I cried
through the last 30 pages…still recovering)

Jan. 15, 2013 – The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (LOVE, LOVE,

Jan. 15, 2013 – A Time of Miracles by Anne-Laure Bondoux (So
thankful for an early dismissal that allowed for a great afternoon read!)

Dec. 25, 2012 – White Teeth by Zadie Smith (This may be an ongoing
project…commitment issues here!)

Dec. 23, 2012 – Waiting by Carol Lynch Williams
(heart-wrenching read- Ellen Hopkins fans will like)

Dec. 14, 2012 – Reached by Ally Condie (#3 in Matched

Dec. 2, 2012 – The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Raven Cycle Bk 1

Nov. 26, 2012 – Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (Movie coming
Christmas Day!)

Oct. 8, 2012 – Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet

Oct. 6, 2012 – The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (diagnosed and died
from pancreatic cancer)

Sept. 30, 2012 – Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey (Printz Award)

Sept. 29, 2012 – Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick –
Heartbreaking tale based on true story.

Sept. 4, 2012 – Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced
Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery

August 23, 2012 – The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht

August 22, 2012 – Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
(What a beautiful book! READ THIS!!)

August 18, 2012 – Insurgent by Veronica Roth (sequel to Divergent)
OMG! Sooo good!

July 13, 2012 – We Were Here by Matt de la Pena (2012-2013 VSBA

July 3, 2012 – Bruiser by Neal Shusterman (2012-2013 VSBA

July 2, 2012 – Notes from the Dog by Gary Paulsen (2012-2013 VSBA

June 16, 2012 – A Map of the Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell
(2012-2013 VSBA Nominee)

June 11, 2012 – Jane by April Linder (2012-2013 VSBA Nominee)
Concept: What if Jane Eyre fell in love with a rock star? – Loved it!)

April 25, 2012 – Unwind by Neal Shusterman

April 17, 2012 – Three Rivers Rising: A Novel of the Johnstown Flood
by Jame Richards (2012-2013 VSBA Nominee)

April 17, 2012 – The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by
Ree Drummond (thanks to Mrs. Kelly Piatt for the book loan!)

April 11, 2012 – The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

March 29, 2012 – Ship Breaker – Paolo Bacigalupi (2012-2013 VSBA

March 19, 2012 – The Future of Us – Jay Asher (author of
Thirteen Reasons Why) & Carolyn Mackler

March 2, 2012 – Crossed – Ally Condie (sequel to Matched)
It arrived today after being backordered since December….thank you!!!

February 2012 – The Lorax – Dr. Seuss ( I had not previously read
this one; my girls loved it at bedtime!)

February 2012 – Breaking Dawn -Stephenie Meyer

January 1, 2012 – Eclipse – Stephenie Meyer

December 2011 – New Moon – Stephenie Meyer

December 2011 – Twilight – Stephenie Meyer ( I finally gave in at my
students’ requests. I must admit…the dialogue between Edward and Bella makes
me smile! A guilty pleasure :)!)

December 2011 – Hush, Hush – Becca Fitzpatrick (Dying to read the
2nd one….ugh!!)

December 2011 – Before I Fall – Lauren Oliver

November 28, 2011 – Divergent – Veronica Roth

November 27, 2011 – Hate That Cat – Sharon Creech (companion to
Love That Dog)

November 20, 2011 – Forever – Maggie Stiefvater (Final installment
of Mercy Falls trilogy–yea!)

November 12, 2011 – Uncommon – Tony Dungy

November 6, 2011 – Linger – Maggie Stiefvater (Sequel to
Shiver in Mercy Falls trilogy)

October 27, 2011 – The Mockingbirds – Daisy Whitney

October 20, 2011 – Matched – Ally Condie – LOVED IT! I’ve got to
order book 2..ugh!! The wait!

October 11, 2011 – Academy 7 – Anne Osterlund (VSBA Nominee)

October 9, 2011 – Between Shades of Gray – Ruta Sepetys (gripping
coming of age story of teenage girl deported by Stalin’;s regime in WWII – read
it in one day!! )

October 2, 2011 – Life as We Knew It – Susan Beth Pfeffer
(apocalyptic novel; 2009-2010 VSBA YA Winner)

September 10, 2011 – Leviathan – Scott Westerfeld (VSBA Nominee)

September 3, 2011 – Flygirl – Sherri L. Smith (VSBA Nominee –
African-American woman “passes” as a white woman to fly as a WASP in WWII)

August 29, 2011 – A Curse as Dark as Gold – Elizabeth Bunce (VSBA
Nominee – re-telling of Rumplestiltskin)

August 28, 2011 – If I Stay- Gayle Forman (VSBA Nominee-
hearbreaking story; has sequel Where She Went)

August 23, 2011 – Hate List by Jennifer Brown (VSBA Nominee–could
be the winner! You must read this!)

August 11, 2011 – The Help by Kathryn Stockett (A great read…one
of my favorite adult books of the year!)

August 1, 2011 – The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon (Great motivational
text for positive energy and thinking)

July 19, 2011 – Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (VSBA Nominee YA fiction
#1 in trilogy)

July 4, 2011 – Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (Wow! Must

June 2011 – A Billion Reasons Why by Kristin Billerbeck (fun
Christian chick lit)

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