Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Summer Reading List

I'm joining Marie from The Hands-On Teacher in First for a summer reading list linky party. 

Ahh!  Summer!!! Reading!!! Two words that are allowing me to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  This year has been kicking my butt folks!  I am plain ole’ wiped out between teaching and college. I am hoping that I will be able to completely enjoy my summer by taking my required summer class in the first summer session – which means two nights a week while I am wrapping up this year…and practicing for a class play!  I’m doing it, but man am I tired!

I was not able to keep up with my monthly reading plan – best of intentions, you know… I have been so swamped that to pick up anything that requires thinking and is not critical has been beyond me.  Bad reality TV and YouTube videos have been been my down time – I can’t even muster the mental thinking to play Bubble Witch or Candy Crush!

My summer reads are books that I had on my list for my monthly reads.  I am limiting myself to 3 professional books since my goals have been a bit bigger than my reality lately Winking smile

Ahh personal reads!  So many books so little time!  How about making that dent in my 500+ kindle books (I love freebies).  No, really, I have a bunch in mind:

Yep, I’m a YA fiction and historical fiction lover.  At least, that is what I am currently into.  I am halfway through Insurgent and want to finish the series before watching the movies, but I own all three books.  I finished City of Bones before the movie and own all the others, just haven’t gotten around to reading them. I am halfway through Dragonfly and Amber – have been for about 2 years and just couldn’t keep up with it.  There are 8 - 800 page books in the series and a couple spinoffs – so, so, so good, just heavy!  I have heard amazing things about The Bronze Horseman – very daunting text, but sounds amazing. I have never read anything by John Green – oddly I usually prefer female authors. However, the movie trailer made me cry instantly and I think I need to read the book before the movie

Well, those are some lofty reading goals, but hey, a girl can have goals! I would be satisfied to finish up the books that I am halfway through! I can’t wait to see what others are planning to read!

As we are approaching summer vacay here in NY, I am planning to use a couple fun items to end the year:

My students always love making their Journal Jars!  This is a fun activity where students create a jar full of journal prompts an decorate a journal for their summer writing. Click on the image to pick it up on TPT!   



We also make watermelons to decorate our hall!  They share all of our wonderful plans for the summer. I also have a product on TPT to make this a quick and easy activity.  Click on the image to pick it up!



Happy almost summer!

1 comment:

  1. LOVED the "City of...." series! Divergent was okay...but I found the movie to be a real help to get through the book...Have you tried "The Uglies"? or "Maximum Ride"? They're two of my favorite YA book series...Thanks for the idea of the journal jar as well...Enjoy!
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