Friday Reads! February 5th

It’s the first Friday in February! I cannot believe it’s already been a month since the new year began. Time sure flies, doesn’t it?

Friday Reads

Here’s what I’m reading today and this weekend:

  1. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – I’m about one hundred pages into this. It’s taking me awhile to really get into the story, but I’m getting there. I plan on finishing it this weekend.
  2. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan – This is Book 2 in the Percy Jackson series and I’ve only read Book 1. Since I scored books 1-4 in the Heroes of Olympus series for FREE for my classroom, I decided to get the box set of Percy Jackson and the Olympians for my classroom as well. I want to marathon read these to get to the Heroes of Olympus books that my students think “will TAKE FOREVER TO READ, MISS ROBERTS, OH EM GEE.”

If I finish these, I might just keep going in the Percy Jackson series or I’ll pick something off my shelf I haven’t read yet. We’ll see.

What are you reading this weekend?

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Classroom Reading Challenge

Classroom Reading Challenge

During yesterday’s post, I briefly mentioned a reading challenge in which I am competing in my classroom. Here I am to tell you all about it!

I teach Learning Support reading classes to third and fourth graders. In effort to get our fourth graders reading more, the entire grade completes a monthly reading challenge. Every night for homework, the kiddoes have to read at least 15 minutes and get an adult to sign their calendar. Each month, we up the ante a little bit. Currently, their goal is to read a minimum of 400 minutes total this month. Those that make the reading goal earn an incentive for that month. January’s incentive is playing Just Dance this afternoon!

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The specific kids that I teach have some reading difficulties. They are one or more grade levels behind in reading. This is largely due to their learning disabilities, but it also is affected by their lack of reading. One of my kids only read for a total of 45 minutes in all of January. On the other end, I’ve got kids that read 500+ minutes this month!

One of my guided reading classes has 5 students in it. These 5 students in particular almost never complete their reading calendar homework each night. I’d like to change this.

Since it is the beginning of the month, I told my five students that I was going to complete a reading calendar of my own. At the end of the month, they will earn an incentive if the five of them combined read for more minutes than I did.

That means, that just to keep up with them, I have to read 75 minutes a night. Even though I told them all about my love of reading, they think I will not even come close to this. It’s adorable, really.

Of course, since this is the first month, I’m going to let them win so as not to discourage them from doing this in the future. They’re not going to win by much, but they’re certainly going to beat me this month.

Unless, of course, they bomb it. I’ll have to add some more motivators to the competition if this happens. We’ll see.

What’s the prize? I haven’t decided yet, but it’ll be something like a board game party instead of reading class or to get to eat lunch with me. Kids go for that kinda stuff!

I better get reading!

I wonder if I have to get my mom to sign my calendar…

I’ll see you later, bookfriends.

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Top 5 Wednesday #20: Biggest Badasses

Good afternoon!

Today is Wednesday. It’s already been quite the week for me at school, but I’m getting even more excited about reading because I’m competing in a reading challenge against my fourth graders! This was decided upon today, but I’m planning on doing a whole post about it in the future. I’m excited.

Because today is Wednesday, I’m about to countdown a list of five of my favorite books or literary characters.

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As always, Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey. For a complete list of Wednesday-ers and topics, please visit the Goodreads group!


This week, we are focusing on the biggest literary badasses. This topic, as are they all, is subjective. Who’s to say which character excels in badassery more than the others?

Here are my favorite characters that can (more than) hold their own.

#5 – Arya Stark – A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

I love Arya. She could sense that she was going to be in danger so she cut off all her hair and became a boy…not because boys are better than girls (because they’re not), but because she could hide that way. She became a a completely new person to survive and through this, has experienced an unbelievable amount of growing up. Go Arya!

#4 – Hannibal Lecter – The Hannibal Lecter series by Thomas Harris

Okay, guys. I had to include at least one villain on my list, right? If you know me at all, then you know that I love me a good villain. Hannibal Lecter is one of my favorites. He’s always speaking in riddles, often of literary origin, and even when things go extremely sour, he’s cool and collected. Actually, he’s extraordinarily calm. It’s creepy.

I love it.

#3 – Art3mis – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Again, if you know me, you shouldn’t be surprised. I loved this book and want to reread it again and again. Part of that reason is my love of all the characters, but specifically Art3mis. She is an amazing video gamer and egg hunter (gunter) that she is leaps and bounds ahead of everyone…and she is a GIRL. Heck yes!

#2 – Mark Watney – The Martian by Andy Weir

Mark Watney was stranded on Mars with no possibility of rescue for years. That could get a man down, but not Mark Watney. He was pretty much doomed, but he kept going and trying to find a way to survive. He even kept a sense of humor about him, like it was no big deal.

#1 – Neville Longbottom – Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

I am putting Neville on this list more than that AMAZINGLY AWESOME SCENE IN THE SEVENTH BOOK/MOVIE WHEN NEVILLE KICKED SO MUCH NAGINI BUTT. *ahem*

Neville had a ton of character growth throughout the series. He started out that character that’s seemingly there just for humorous purposes, but then he evolves into so much more. I love Neville so much that I own his wand!


 

There’s my list, how about yours?

Which literary characters do you consider to be total badasses?

I’ll see you tomorrow, bookfriends!

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Book Review: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

knifeofneverlettinggoTitle: The Knife of Never Letting Go
Author: Patrick Ness
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy

I received The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness as a Christmas gift this year and it had been on my wish list for several months. I’d only read one Patrick Ness novel, but I had heard so many great things about the Chaos Walking trilogy that I needed to pick this one up.

Premise: 5/5

A boy named Todd is almost a man. He’ll be a man in about a month, actually. When a boy becomes a man in Prentisstown, something changes within them. Todd is the last boy in Prentisstown, meaning he has been left out of a lot by the men. That’s not the only thing odd about Prentisstown. There are no women. Oh, and everyone can hear your thoughts. All the time. In fact, you can hear every thought in town, coming together to form the Noise that is the world’s background. Unfortunately for Todd, that means that his thoughts are going to cause him to be caught and possibly worse, because Todd is running. But how can you hide from a world that can hear your secret plans?

Yes. Sold. This sounds AWESOME.

Plot Development: 4/5

The plot did wonderful justice to this premise. It was paced well and was everything that I expected it would be. I only have a slight issue with the believability of a certain character that I won’t talk about due to spoilers.

Characterization: 4/5

I enjoyed Ness’s characterization in this novel, even though I thought it could be better. Ultimately, Beginning-Todd is much different than End-Todd, which is pretty great. I also loved Manchee, Todd’s dog. I thought the Noise was pretty well done throughout the novel.

Writing Style: 3/5

This book took me a month to read. It was hard for me to be in the mood for it because of the writing style. It reminded me of The Maze Runner by James Dashner, which I did not like, in that it was really dramatic and withheld a lot of information from the reader. Every chapter ended in too much suspense, making me think “dun dun DUN” way too often. Overall, I was able to look past this because of the intriguing storyline.

Readability: 4/5

The overdramatic aspects of this novel, however, made this a true Young Adult novel. It definitely caters to the intended YA audience. Its language and content was appropriate for the audience as well. Sometimes, the Noise made the dialogue between characters really confusing, but other than that, it was pretty easy to read…when I was in the mood to do so.

Total Score: 20/25, avg. 4/5

4 stars

This is an obvious 4 stars. It took me a month to read because of some issues I had with it, but I liked it overall. It was an interesting read and I’ll more than likely continue the series.

I read this book for the #sixsquaredchallenge hosted by bookstacksamber! – Books to Start a Series

Have you read The Knife of Never Letting Go? What did you think?

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Kacie’s Kindle Collection

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the books that I have on my shelves. Last week, I talked about my Most Owned Authors. This week, I want to talk about a shelf that I don’t see on a regular basis as I walk through my room.

I’m talking about my Kindle bookshelf.

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Key:

  • Read Books
  • Unread Books

 

  1. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
  2. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  3. Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
  4. It by Stephen King
  5. Outlander (7 book collection) by Diana Gabaldon
  6. Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids by Chris Biffle
  7. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  8. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  9. Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
  10. Vicious by V.E. Schwab
  11. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
  12. Progeny of Gods by Geoffrey Storm
  13. Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
  14. Placid Girl by Brenna Erlich
  15. From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion
  16. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  17. How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
  18. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
  19. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  20. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  21. Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz (I also own a hard copy)
  22. Allegianby Veronica Roth
  23. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  24. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  25. Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  26. This is Just Exactly Like You by Drew Perry
  27. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  28. Bossy Pants by Tina Fey
  29. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  30. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (I also own hard copies)
  31. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Road Dahl (I also own a hard copy)
  32. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (I also own a hard copy)
  33. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
  34. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters
  35. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  36. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  37. Dining With The Doctor: The Unauthorized Whovian Cookbook
  38. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
  39. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
  40. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  41. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
  42. Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
  43. Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James
  44. The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
  45. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  46. The Drawing of Three by Stephen King
  47. The Gunslinger by Stephen King

42/47 Read

As you can see, if I buy a book for my Kindle, I usually read it right away. The only reason I haven’t read the books that I haven’t read on this list are because I bought them when they were great deals. I do mean to finish them in the near future.

Have you read any of the selections I have on my Kindle bookshelf? 

I’ll see you soon!

kacie

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