I am proud to say I read not one, but TWO books this week! A big improvement from last week. Although, I am still hanging my head in shame a bit since I am not actually posting on a Monday. *sigh*
If you fee like lending your eyes for a moment, I can explain (if you don't want to hear my excuses, just keep scrolling). You see, I am one of two teachers heading up Student Council. I am realizing that this is a HUGE undertaking since I work with about 20 students third, fourth, and fifth grade. We are scheduled to publish our first ever school newspaper, and it has been hectic! So, my reading life is not what it should be. However, I am looking forward to posting about out paper and even publishing a copy for you all to check out, so stay tuned...
This week I finally finished Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. It was very good. I enjoyed the creepy twists and turns, most of which were unexpected since it is a Newbery Award winning book. I tend to associate the Newbery with strictly realistic fiction, but in my "Nerdbery Challenge" journey, I am discovering that there is a whole lot more to Newbery than I had previously thought. This would be a great book for some of my staunch "horror" fans to begin moving towards some other books. If they like this, then maybe they will like other Newbery winners in other genres?
The other book I read was Grandpa Green by Lane Smith. This is a lovely picture book filled with images of lush green topiaries that tell the story of one man's life. This book gave my insides a little nostalgic punch. Not because I am a green thumb, but because the man whose life is being told through the sculptured flora makes me think of my own grandparents whom I miss on a daily basis. It is a simple story, but a sweet one.
This week I am going to work on The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley. This is another Newbery winning fantasy...see a trend happening?
That's is for now, friends. So tell me...what are YOU reading?