Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Let's Chat! A FREE 2-Week Book Club!

Well...I spent last week decompressing. I've felt a lot of emotions in the last week as I've processed not seeing my students, having a little bit of a break from school, having so much time to do all the things, wondering how long this will last, missing all the things we used to be able to do and all the people we could see, and wondering how things will be different going forward. 
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I've also been drinking a lot of tea. The photo above is from the last cup of coffee I had out in the world before the time of quarantine. I met my friends Cheryl and Joy at Cup O'Joe Coffeehouse in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin where we got to sit on a Warner Bros. replica of THE orange couch from Friends.
With all my tea drinking time, I've been reading and writing and working on ideas for Story Exploratory. I love Story Exploratory and am excited to continue to put energy into making it grow. I've been thinking a lot about what it means to be a writer and what it looks like to live the life of a writer. If you've read my blog, you know I've spent a lot of time sharing mentor texts I love and what my writing life is like. Looking through my previous blog posts made me realize that I've neglected this space though and I miss blogging. 

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? has been a constant in my blogging life but I'm inspired to get back to sharing other things here as well. I'll be sharing more mentor texts, more of my writing life, and more of my teaching life. My plan is to get my habit started again and then continue blogging when quarantine comes to an end. Are there any specific posts or topics you'd like to see from me? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

Besides blogging more, I'd like to announce that I'm hosting a FREE 2-week virtual book club starting next week on Wednesday, April 1st.
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We're reading Elle Luna's book The Crossroads of Should and Must. You can buy the gorgeous hardcover or ebook from our friend Kathy at The Brain Lair

Our meetings will be held via Zoom at 4:30 CST.

The dates for this book club are:

Wednesday, 4/1
Friday, 4/3
Wednesday, 4/8
Friday, 4/10

To sign up, click HERE.

I'm proud to say that I've been hosting monthly workshops since last January and even the coronavirus isn't stopping us. This month's workshop is this weekend on Saturday, March 28th and we'll be meeting via Zoom. If that sounds fun to you, you can find more information and register here.

Seriously, writing all this out has been fun! It's nice to be back in the wonderful world of blogging. It feels like home. When the world is so weird right now, it's nice to feel a little bit of normal. 

Again, if there's anything you'd appreciate from me right now, please let me know! I've been brainstorming but always have you in mind so let me know in the comments if there's something I can share that would help you out. 

Monday, March 23, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 03/23/2020

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now...you just might discover your next “must-read” book!

Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and I decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them. 


Last Week's Book Adventures:
What a difference a week makes! I can't believe it's only been one week that we've been out of school. It feels like forever since I was in school with my students. This week is our official spring break week and then I'm guessing we'll here more about elearning but as of right now we don't have any information. 

I have been reading! That's a good thing! I finished listening to When Breathe Becomes Air and I started listening to The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I've been reading How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell  and also getting back to This Book Is Anti-Racist by Tiffany M. Jewell. 

Upcoming Book Adventures: 
This week I'll be reading more of How to Do Nothing and This Book Is Anti-Racist. I also have Don't Keep Your Day Job by Cathy Heller which I have been waiting to read. She's starting a book club tomorrow so I'm going to join in and finally read the book. I also hope to listen to more of The Cruel Prince


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Monday, March 16, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 03/16/2020

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now...you just might discover your next “must-read” book!

Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and I decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them. 


Last Week's Book Adventures:
We finished The Giver and Seedfolks this week. Friday was our last day of school for a while so I'm glad we were able to finish both of these. I planned for us to do some hexagonal thinking and write essays and do culminating activities...but we ended up just being able to finish the books. On my own, I finished listening to Stamped and Internment. Internment is a near-future dystopian and it was really good. I also read more of my Flow magazine and more of my Pablo Neruda poetry. I also started listening to When Breathe Becomes Air.

Upcoming Book Adventures: 
My plan this week is to continue listening to When Breathe Becomes Air and then listen to The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I have a bunch of books that I checked out from the library and I think I'm going to start with Ibi Zoboi's American Street

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Monday, March 9, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 03/08/2020

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now...you just might discover your next “must-read” book!

Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and I decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them. 


Last Week's Book Adventures:
We read more of The Giver and Seedfolks last week and I listened to more of Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. I did also grab a book of poetry by Pablo Neruda and I started reading. I haven't really, truly tried to read in Spanish since high school but I'm committed and the fact that it's poetry is nice because I can take it one poem at a time.

Upcoming Book Adventures: 
We'll be finishing The Giver and Seedfolks this week. I'll be listening to Stamped and then I'll officially be listening to Internment. I'm going to keep slowly reading/translating/reading my poetry and I have a Flow magazine I'm savoring as well. 

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Monday, March 2, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 03/02/2020

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now...you just might discover your next “must-read” book!

Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and I decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them. 


Last Week's Book Adventures:
I'm having a lot of fun reading and discussing The Giver and Seedfolks with my students. I actually started listening to Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. It's really good so far and I anticipate I'll finish it this week and move on to Internment.

Upcoming Book Adventures: 
I'll be reading more with my students this week and listening to Stamped and Internment. 

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 02/24/2020

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now...you just might discover your next “must-read” book!

Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and I decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them. 


Last Week's Book Adventures:
Last week was a much better week than the one before. It was the end of the trimester so now we're starting trimester three! I can't believe how fast the year has gone and I'm sure it'll fly by. I read more of The Giver with students and now am starting Seedfolks. I

Upcoming Book Adventures: 
I'll be reading with my students this week but I also have Internment by Samira Ahmed on audio to listen to. 

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Monday, February 17, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 02/17/2020

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now...you just might discover your next “must-read” book!

Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and I decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them. 


Last Week's Book Adventures:
Last week was the hardest week ever of the entire year. It was a four-day week, it was Valentine's Day, 8th graders dressed up on Thursday for their promotion pictures but we did start reading The Giver...and that's all I have to say about that.

Upcoming Book Adventures: 
This week I'll be reading more of The Giver with my students and I'll be reading more of This Book is Anti-Racist.

So, what are you reading this week? 
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Monday, February 10, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 02/10/2020

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now...you just might discover your next “must-read” book!

Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and I decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them. 


Last Week's Book Adventures:
I'm still reading Inward and have read more of This Book is Anti-Racist

Upcoming Book Adventures: 
My goal this week is to finish up both of the books I'm reading! I also would like to stop in at the library and pay a fine that I have so I can get access to audiobooks again...*insert sheepish grin here*

So, what are you reading this week? 
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Monday, February 3, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 02/03/2020

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now...you just might discover your next “must-read” book!

Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and I decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them. 


Last Week's Book Adventures:
This week I read The Give as a graphic novel...and while I appreciate the graphic novel version, it wasn't my favorite. It was borderline creepy which did make me rethink how I read the book but it wasn't my favorite. I also read some of Inward by Yung Pueblo but still have more to read. 

Upcoming Book Adventures: 
I'm looking forward to reading more of Inward this week. I'm thrilled to share that I added 500 words to my own novel this week and I plan to write more this week. Inward has helped me think about how far I've come as a writer and how to move forward. It's very thought provoking!

I also have This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell that I started reading and want to finish this week.

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Monday, January 27, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 01/27/2020

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now...you just might discover your next “must-read” book!

Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and I decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them. 


Last Week's Book Adventures:
I missed last week because I forgot to set up my post before I left for Guatemala. BUT I did read read two amazing books on my flights. I read Tight by Torrey Maldonado which was so good. And I also read A Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi which was absolutely awesome. 

Upcoming Book Adventures: 
This week I'm reading The Giver graphic novel and Inward by Yung Pueblo and I'm excited for both!

So, what are you reading this week? 
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Monday, January 13, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 01/13/2020

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now...you just might discover your next “must-read” book!

Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and I decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them. 


Last Week's Book Adventures:
Can I be honest? The first week back from winter break kicked my butt. I pulled Sara Ahmed's Being the Change off the shelf for a lesson on circles of obligation and I read a lot of articles about the movie Black Panther and how it was so awesome but also how the people who made it felt about making it. I also reread bits of Harbor Me like Jacqueline Woodson as I made a sample one-pager to share with students. That was my reading this week. :)

Upcoming Book Adventures: 
I really do miss my audiobooks. I was on a roll with them. We'll be reading The Giver in a few weeks so I'll probably grab that to start rereading this week and making plans. 

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Monday, January 6, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 01/06/2020

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now...you just might discover your next “must-read” book!

Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and I decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them. 


Last Week's Book Adventures:
I spent a lot of time with my family over the last two weeks and it was completely lovely. Believe it or not, I didn't do much reading. I did read more of Juliet Takes a Breath and I started Other People's Children by Lisa Delpit.

Upcoming Book Adventures: 
Hooray for 2020! I loved winter break but am excited to get back to action and back into a routine. My goal this week is to find a new audiobook to read. Any favorites to recommend?

So, what are you reading this week? 
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Let's Chat! A FREE 2-Week Book Club!

Well...I spent last week decompressing. I've felt a lot of emotions in the last week as I've processed not seeing my students, havi...