February was another big reading month, thanks to more days off school (both planned and unplanned). Here’s what I have read since my last blog post:
The Eye of Minds by James Dashner (loved it…and would recommend it to any sci-fi reader or video game fan) I am already a fan of James Dashner’s Maze Runner series, with the movie version due out on September 19th of this year. It will be hard to wait for the second book in this Mortality Doctrine series, called The Rule of Thoughts, with an expected publication date of August 26th, 2014.
The Shadow Club and The Shadow Club Rises, both by Neal Shusterman (the author of the Unwind and Everlost series) I would read anything by this author, and these books did not disappoint. The plot centers around a group of high school kids who are sick of playing second best to other students they profess to hate (essentially living in their shadows, hence the title). They form a club where they play tricks on each other’s hated classmates. It’s harmless at first, until an unidentified person starts playing dangerous tricks instead. That’s when the Shadow Club members become suspects.
Rump (the True Story of Rumpelstiltskin) by Leisl Shurtliff (an enjoyable book that “explains” how Rump discovered his full name and how he was able to spin straw into gold) There are plenty of references to other fairy tales, and the book will garner some sympathy for this misunderstood character (like the book/musical Wicked did for the Wicked Witch of the East from the Wizard of Oz). This is a book I want to purchase for our classroom library.
Legend and Prodigy by Marie Lu (the first two books in an exciting science fiction trilogy) I have wanted to read this series ever since a few students blogged about it last fall. These two did not disappoint, and I am looking forward to reading the conclusion to this trilogy, just out on November 5th, 2013, called Champion.
Gathering Blue, Messenger and Son (the final three books in the Giver series by Lois Lowry) The Giver (written in 1993) is one of my favorite books, and it is coming out as a movie on August 15th, 2014 (with Taylor Swift as one of the main characters). I had not read the follow-up books until now. Very interesting storyline, and a great dystopian series overall.
Finally, I took a breather from all of the heavy subject matter and read The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (by Tom Angleberger) What a refreshing and humorous read! I can see why these books are so popular. It is a quick read, and I have plans to read the latest book in this series called Princess Labelmaker To the Rescue. I pre-ordered my copy from Amazon, and it arrives on March 6th…I can’t wait!
My current reads:
Reality Boy by A.S. King (I am currently listening to this book on tape while driving to and from WD)
The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech, Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee, and The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes (these books have all received rave reviews from my Twitter teacher friends and fellow book lovers)
*All of these, I plan to eventually acquire for my classroom library, but I have about 50 books at my house that I have yet to add to the library and I need to get caught up.