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books i’m reading

23 Jan

I realized a little while ago that I stopped posting about the books I was reading. I’m not really sure why. I must have not done one and than just forgot and I haven’t done any since September. And I’ve read quite a few books since then.

I’m not going to put the whole description of every book I’ve read since then but I figured I would at least share the ones I’ve read and which ones I’ve liked so if you want to check them out, you can.

pandemonium

This is the second book in the Delirium series. I liked this one but liked Delirium better. I can’t wait for the 3rd one to come out.

matched crossed reached

I read this whole series. I absolutely loved each book. I highly recommend the Matched series. It is right up on my level for the Hunger Games. I wanted to read Reached so badly, I bought it at an airport for more than I probably had to. It was worth it though.

i am number 4

I had seen the movie before I read this book. I enjoyed the book but I didn’t love it.

found sentsabotaged

There are 2 more books in this series I believe, and I have them on my shelf, but I’m not jumping at the chance to read them. I kind of read these in between other books when I didn’t have anything else to read. There are quite a few typos, which really annoys me, and they are a little boring. I can see how younger kids could find them interesting though.

wonder

I absolutely love this book. It is one of my favorites that I’ve ever read. I recommend that everyone read this book. It will be worth your time. Believe me. Please read it! And let me know if you do.

between shades of gray

One of the students in my class was reading this and told me that it was really good so I decided to check it out. It was very interesting and I learned about a time in history that I didn’t really know about, which I liked.

the selection

I liked this book. It is a dystopian book but with more of a love story than some others. It was an interesting way to look at things and I’m kind of interested to read the next one in the series.

son

I loved the Giver when I read it in 7th grade. I also read the other 2 at some point in high school or college and they were pretty good. When I saw that there was a conclusion to the series out, I definitely wanted to check it out. It was written really well and I loved that it brought all 3 of the other books together. Definitely worth a read.

heist society

I just finished this book this afternoon. It was pretty good but not my favorite. I know there are other books in the series and I’m definitely a series reader so I might check them out.

I keep track of everything I read on Shelfari so you can definitely feel free to follow me on there and check out these books if you want any more information on any of them {they are all on my bookshelf if you go to my page}.

Last year I read 42 books so I gave myself a goal of 45 books this year. I’ve read 3 books so far. Hopefully I will be better about posting about the books I’m reading. And if you have any reading suggestions, definitely throw them my way! 

I think I’m doing better on this goal so far than on my running goal. We will see how things go.

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wegivebooks.org {read free books online}

13 Nov

I was searching the internet today for Thanksgiving ideas I could do with my class. I came across this amazing website, wegivebooks.org.

It is a website that supports childhood literacy. There are tons of children’s books that you can read online for free. You can search by age range, genre, or author.

Here is the information from the website:

We Give Books is a new digital initiative that enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of children who don’t have them, simply by reading online.

We Give Books combines the joy of reading with the power of helping others, providing a platform for caregivers and educators to inspire children to become lifelong readers and lifelong givers.

We Give Books also helps some of the world’s best, most inspiring, literacy organizations by spreading the word about their great work and by providing books to the young people these organizations support.

Who Is Behind It?

We Give Books was created by the Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation. Together, we support literacy through programs that engage entire communities through literacy and awareness programs like Booktime and Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. We hope that We Give Books proves to be a way that young children, together with their parents or caregivers, can come to understand the power of reading—and of giving—as much as we do.

Penguin Group is one of the world’s premier global consumer trade book publishers, with key market positions in the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, Canada, India, China, New Zealand and Ireland. The Penguin Group (http://www.penguin.com) is part of Pearson plc, the international media company.

Pearson Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Pearson plc. A 501(c) (3) nonprofit operating foundation, the Pearson Foundation extends Pearson’s commitment to education by partnering with leading nonprofit, civic, and business organizations to provide financial, organizational, and publishing assistance across the globe.

The Books

We are dedicated to delivering award-winning books empowering you to read and share beautiful stories with children in your life. With age-appropriate content for young readers, our goal is to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Books are right at the heart of this program — books for reading and books for giving!

All of the books available for online reading are children’s picture books appropriate for children through age ten. There is a mix of fiction and nonfiction, a range of authors, and an equal balance between read-alouds and books for independent readers. We’ll be adding news books every month, together with special seasonal offerings.

The We Give Books team works upfront with each non-profit literacy partner to identify the kinds of children’s books that best fit their program needs. Some of the same great books you can read online will be donated to our charity partners through your reading efforts. We also donate others they request specifically for the young people they serve.

I thought I would share this website with you guys, for anyone who is a teacher or has little ones at home. I think it is a great program and I’m definitely going to try and use it in the classroom.

books i’m reading {insurgent}

18 Sep
Yesterday I finished Insurgent by Veronica Roth. It was so so so good. I read Divergent a few weeks ago and I loved it. I couldn’t get my hands on a copy of the 2nd book right away but then, a little over a week ago, my friend Renee came to the rescue and lent me a copy to read. Now I have to wait a whole year for the 3rd book to even come out. I don’t know if I can do it.

{description – from shelfari}
One choice can transform you — or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself — while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grow. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable — and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth’s much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.
I’m pretty sure this has become my favorite series. I highly recommend these books to anyone who like dystopian literature. I would maybe wait to read the series until the 3rd one comes out…unless you like hanging in suspense of what is going to happen for a long time.
These books are so interesting and I’m so glad I was recommended to read them. They are definitely worth the time and you won’t want to put them down.

books i’m reading {uglies series}

24 Jul
Yesterday morning I finished reading the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. There are 4 books in this series. The first 3 are more of a trilogy and the 4th one takes place a few years later. I loved the first 3 and they were really easy reads. I went through them really fast. The 4th one was good but I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the others.
{first book} Uglies.

{the description}
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. Not for her license — for turning pretty. In Tally’s world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.
But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to be pretty. She’d rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world — and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. The choice Tally makes changes her world forever..
{second book} Pretties

{the description}
Gorgeous. Popular. Perfect. Perfectly wrong. Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she’s completely popular. It’s everything she’s ever wanted. But beneath all the fun—the nonstop parties, the high-tech luxury, the total freedom—is a nagging sense that something’s wrong. Something important. Then a message from Tally’s ugly past arrives. Reading it, Tally remembers what’s wrong with pretty life, and the fun stops cold. Now she has to choose between fighting to forget what she knows and fighting for her life—because the authorities don’t intend to let anyone with this information survive.
{third book} Specials

{the description}
“Special Circumstances”: The words have sent chills down Tally’s spine since her days as a repellent, rebellious ugly. Back then Specials were a sinister rumor –frighteningly beautiful, dangerously strong, and breathtakingly fast. Ordinary pretties might live their whole lives without meeting a Special. But Tally has never been ordinary. And now she has been turned into one of them: a superamped fighting machine, engineered to keep the Uglies down and the Pretties stupid. The strength, the speed, and the clarity and focus of her thinking feel better than anything Tally can remember. Most of the time. One tiny corner of her heart still remembers something more. Still, it’s easy to tune that out –until Tally is assigned the mission of stamping out the rebels of the New Smoke permanently. It all comes down to one last choice: listen to that tiny, faint heartbeat, or carry out the mission she is programmed to complete.
{fourth book} Extras

{the description}
Fame; it’s a few years after rebel Tally Youngblood took down the uglies/pretties/specials regime. Without those strict roles and rules, the world is in a complete cultural renaissance. “Tech-heads” flaunt their latest gadgets, “kickers” spread gossip and trends, and “surge monkeys” are hooked on extreme plastic surgery. And it’s all monitored on a bazillion different cameras. The world is like a gigantic game of American Idol . Whoever is getting the most buzz gets the most votes. Popularity rules. As if being fifteen doesn’t suck enough, Aya Fuse’s rank of 451,369 is so low, she’s a total nobody. An extra. But Aya doesn’t care; she just wants to lie low with her drone, Moggle. And maybe kick a good story for herself. Then Aya meets a clique of girls who pull crazy tricks, yet are deeply secretive of it. Aya wants desperately to kick their story, to show everyone how intensely cool the Sly Girls are. But doing so would propel her out of extra-land and into the world of fame, celebrity…and extreme danger. A world she’s not prepared for.
I would definitely recommend these books for anyone about 12 or older. I loved them and they were fun, easy reads.
What books are you reading?
{descriptions from shelfari.com}
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