Two years ago I read The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick and was blown away, not only by the creativity of the storytelling, but also by the history that was so creatively told. Selznick’s new book, Wonderstruck, comes out in September, here is a pretty awesome preview:

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#Bookaday Week 1

Last summer I met a whole bunch of friends on Twitter (fellow teachers and readers) and was introduced to the #bookaday challenge. The goal of #bookaday, as I currently understand it, is to read a book a day. However, the only rule of #bookaday, according to its founder Donalyn Miller, is to read everyday – this is something that I can do.

This summer I have been much more successful in my attempts to read a book a day. I have also decided that I need to expand my knowledge of everybody (picture) books. I have even made it as far as checking out a whole stack of them from the library. This week I will read them.

Now, without further ado or rambling, here is the stack of books that I have read so far this summer:

As always, I am tracking my reading on the “Books I’ve Read” page. I am also tracking my summer reading progress on the “Summer Reading  List 2011” page.

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Forever, the third book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater, doesn’t come out until July 12, but I came across this book trailer today and I couldn’t wait to share it. Enjoy!

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MPR = My reading buddy

Today on the way home I heard a fascinating story on MPR about the impact that the King James Bible has had on our culture. It is neat to think about the impact that books have on our world.

As if the above story wasn’t enough, today’s question on MPR was, “What single book was the most influential in your life?” Could I ask for more quality programming on my way home? I don’t think so.

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Internet Inspired Reading

Every time I have opened my web browser today and seen this:

All I can think about is this:

This is another one of the many books of my TBR pile, a pile that grew significantly today after I made a trip to the local Borders where everything is priced to sell (nothing over $1.99). So, because I have not yet read this book, I will let Amazon.com tell you about it. From their website:

Laika by Nick Abadzis

Laika was the abandoned puppy destined to become Earth’s first space traveler. This is her journey.

Nick Abadzis masterfully blends fiction and fact in the intertwined stories of three compelling lives. Along with Laika, there is Korolev, once a political prisoner, now a driven engineer at the top of the Soviet space program, and Yelena, the lab technician responsible for Laika’s health and life. This intense triangle is rendered with the pitch-perfect emotionality of classics like Because of Winn DixieShiloh, and Old Yeller. Abadzis gives life to a pivotal moment in modern history, casting light on the hidden moments of deep humanity behind history. Laika’s story will speak straight to your heart.

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I’m Reading a Book

I am not sure if I am late to the party or if I just have an odd sense of humor, but this video makes me laugh, so I thought I would share. Enjoy!

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My Reading Weekend

This weekend I decided to ignore the stack of papers that I brought home with me (I am sure this will come back to haunt me tonight when I realize how much I have to do before Monday morning rolls around) and just read. I finished two amazing books, Where She Went and By The Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead.

Although it was officially released on Tuesday, my copy of Where She Went by Gayle Forman didn’t come until Wednesday. I had to wait an agonizing 24 extra hours until I could start reading, but it was worth the wait. Where She Went is Gayle Forman’s follow-up to If I Stay. It follows Mia and Adam’s careers in the years following Mia’s tragic accident and her decision to attend Julliard, the subject of If I Stay.

I loved every minute of Where She Went. Forman uses a similar writing style as If I Stay to tell the history that the reader missed between the two books and describe what is currently happening. Where She Went is an engaging read. I felt my connection to the characters, that was created while reading If I Stay, evolve. I wanted what I thought was best for them, but learned that happiness is often found in the unexpected.

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By The Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters has been sitting on my shelf for a long time. Last year I read Luna, also by Peters, and it landed on my all time top ten list. This inspired me to pick up other of Peters’ books.

By The Time You Read This I’ll Be Dead tells the story of Daelyn Rice and her many unsuccessful attempts at suicide. However, this time Daelyn is determined to get it right. To help her meet her goal she subscribes to http://www.through-the-light.com. As Daelyn slowly starts to disassemble her current life, a new life builds up around her. She meets Santana, a boy who won’t leave her alone despite her pleas, and Emily, another outcast at school who sees a friend in Daelyn.

By The Time You Read This delves deep into the painful world in which Daelyn lives. It explores the effects that bullying can have on a person and how a single act of kindness can make all the difference.

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In other news, a good friend of mine has started her own blog in which she gives her comments on the state of public education. You should check it out at Forever a Newbie.

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