Sunday, July 17, 2011

New Books at My House This Week

This was a great week for bringing books home! On Monday I visited Cover to Cover, and as always, came home with far more than I anticipated. Here's a little synopsis of what I brought home:
  • How They Croaked - after my colleague and friend, Tony recommended it as a fun read, one to which he thought boys would be receptive, I decided it was a must buy.
  • Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer series - another recommendation to me. I watched one of my students this past year be engrossed while reading the first book in the series, and he said I needed to read it. After reading both books, I liked the second book much more than the first. These books will be good additions to our classroom library.
  • I read and reviewed an ARC of the new Titanic series by Gordon Korman a while ago. I know students are always fascinated by this topic. I needed to buy a copy of the first since I only had an ARC, but while at Cover to Cover scored an ARC of the 2nd book in the series. My 20 year old daughter had read the first one and loved it; she immediately read the second and said it was great.
  • The other book she grabbed from my pile was Divergent. She finished it in the course of 2 days. She loved it! I can't wait until I get a block of time to read it.
  • Another ARC I got was Pie by Sarah Weeks (So B. It). In addition to great characters, there are some very yummy pie recipes. Not a book to read if you're craving sweets!
  • Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading - currently reading this and am very amused so far.
  • Real Revision by Kate Messner. I can't wait to dive into this book!! **and this was the only book I meant to get on this day - oh well!**

On Friday, I had an itch for more books, even though I hadn't read all of the above. So, I headed to the local branch of our public library, and found some books I'm very excited to read:
  • Basketball Belles - after serving on the NFPB panel for the Cybils the past two years, I always have an eye out for new nonfiction picture books, so I added this to my bag.
  • The Emerald Atlas - a friend recently asked me if I knew anything about this book. I honestly didn't at the time. So , when I saw it on the "new book" shelf at the library, I realized this was the book she must have been talking about. I'll be interested to see if it's a fantasy I enjoy (not a huge fantasy fan).
  • The Luck of the Buttons - intrigued by the flap information. Takes place in the 1929s in a small Iowa town. Published this past April.
  • The Summer Before Boys by Nora Raleigh Baskin. A book by the author of Anything But Typical -- of course I picked it up! :)
  • Angel in My Pocket by Ilene Cooper - an angel and a mystery coin. Had to have it.
  • Noah Barleywater Runs Away - a title I've heard mentioned by several people. Thought I'd take a look myself.
  • the pile of adult books - those are just my "don't have to think too hard" books :)
So much reading to do! I can't wait! Any new books at your house?


  1. I am working through Emerald Atlas will be anxious to hear what you think.

  2. For children, The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear has been a hit recently. Huge vocabulary words and fun pictures. By Walter Moers.

    We're in a summer Florida mysteries book club, and read The Night of the Jaguar by Michael Gruber. It's really compelling.

  3. Maria - will keep you posted. My aha moment when I saw the book you were asking for was pretty funny.

    Noreen - thanks so much for the suggestions. I'll add them to my TBR list.

  4. Just gave up Karen-you will have to let me know :)