Library Loot #4

It’s been months. I have no excuses. Life is…well…it’s life.

I’ve been teaching, and working at the after-school program, and coaching softball. Dad’s back in treatment. Our landlord is practically waging war against us, so we’re looking for a new place to live.

Life.

I went into a bit of a reading slump while being stressed about all the above things, but over Thanksgiving break, I came back with a vengeance. Between Nov. 20 – 27, I read 6 books! I’ll do a multi-month wrap-up in the next few days (I hope.)

Anyway, I went to the library. Here’s the loot.

library loot

At the beginning of November, I went into my local library because they were having a used book sale. I’m all about cheap books.I went in on a mission to buy children’s books for my classroom. As a new teacher, my collection is only just beginning. My students have independent reading time each day and they are to read books at their reading levels (or slightly above). This means I need a lot of books of varying reading levels and content to interest my class of very different fourth graders.

I went in, got a huge stack of books, and talked to the librarian at check out. I used to work there as a teenager, so we were talking about what I was up to lately. I explained that I was teaching special education at our elementary school, and they gave me the books for free. I am so thankful for anyone and everyone who supports teachers directly. I love you. You’re awesome.

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After the sale, I went upstairs and picked out two books:

  1. An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir
  2. Salt to the Sea – Ruta Sepetys

I didn’t get a chance to start them until the end of the month (I was geeking out over some Owlcrate reads!), but when I read them, I flew through them.

I went back to the library and picked up the following books:

A Torch Against the Night – Sabaa Tahir

atatnreally enjoyed the first book in this series and I cannot wait to start this read. I honestly have no idea why I’ve waited so long to start this series in general. I love the concept, the characters, and the general flow of the plot. It has a male perspective, which I don’t get to read as often as I’d like.

This book is sitting on my desk and I keep looking at it. I’m currently powering through the Grisha trilogy, but as soon as I’m finished, I’m diving into ATAtN.

Unless I’m reading the next book I picked up on my library trip:

The Selection – Keira Cass

selectionThis is so not a Kacie book. I don’t read a lot of romance.

Remember when I picked up Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins on a whim? I was really surprised by how much I liked it. It was quick, easy, and was sort of like a palette cleanser. I’ve been reading a lot of books with dark themes lately, so I might want something a little different.

I don’t know much about The Selection, but I know it’s a dystopian/fantasy/romance. I know from people who’ve read it, that it’s not a heavy read. I also know that my family will poke fun at me reading a book with a pretty dress on the cover. Oh well. Haters gonna hate.

I can’t believe I said that.

Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard

redqueenI’ve always been a little unsure of this book. It has a lot of mixed reviews, and it received a lot of hype when it came out, but I’m going to try to ignore all that. I’ll watch some videos about it after I finish reading.

I finally picked it up because a fourth grade teacher that I work with read this and its sequel and talks about it a lot. She’s been waiting for me to read it for months, so I really need to follow through on that!

I’ll let you know how I like it.

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Like I said before, I hope to be posting a wrap up within the next few days or so. I really want to get back into book blogging, but I’m not making any promises.

If you’d like to follow my reading updates and/or compare books, add me as a friend on Goodreads!

That’s all for now. I hope to see you soon!

kacie

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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!

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Library Loot # 3

Hello everyone! It’s Wednesday! By the time this post is published, I’ll be teaching reading to some fantastic fourth graders, but I’ll be especially happy. It’s Wednesday. The week is half over.

I also don’t have my most challenging kids in the afternoon on Wednesdays so it’s something to look forward to.

As you are most likely aware, Wednesdays here on the blog are reserved for Top 5 Wednesdays. You may have noticed that I haven’t participated in T5W since December. That is because I’m just not all that fond of this month’s topics. That’s okay, though, because I’ll pick back up with T5W as soon as the topics are more relevant to my interests.

On this fine Wednesday, I’m going to talk about my most recent adventure to the library.

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By now, you should know that I am always at my library. If the library had some sort of frequent flyer miles system, I’d have more points than I know what to do with. I had some books that were due on Tuesday (and by some books, I mean all three that I read for the 24 in 48 Read-A-Thon) and thought I’d maybe pick up one more.

Hah. Just one book? Kacie, you’re silly for thinking that.

I ventured into my local library on Tuesday after school. In case you are nowhere near where I am, let me just tell you about our weather. After school on Tuesday, it was less than twenty degrees Fahrenheit with an even lower wind chill. The children at school didn’t even go outside for recess, it’s so darn cold. This teacher right here walks to and from school every day. To get to the library, I have to walk in the complete opposite direction from my house. By the time I got home, I was frozen solid.

It was worth it, because I returned my books that were due, but also because I picked up three books I’m really excited for.

Went to the library. Got some loot. #books #book #booknerd #booknerdigans #bookworm

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One of these things is not like the others…

  1. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – I’ve been wanting to read this book series forever, but it’s never been available at my library. I’ve searched the catalog and no, sir. No Raven Boys for Kacie. I don’t know when this book appeared on the shelf, but I snatched it up. I’m really excited to see what all the fuss is about.
  2. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King – If you did not know that I am a HUGE Stephen King fan, then you must be extremely new to this blog. If that’s the case, HELLO. TALK TO ME. YOU ARE WONDERFUL. *ahem* I got away from myself there for a second…BACK TO KING. I am in love with most of King’s works and I was super excited about the publishing of this collection of short stories. When it finally came out, the price was way too high and my library didn’t have it. Once they did receive it, it was almost always checked out. Well, I finally got my hands on it!
    yzma kitty i win
  3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – This book does NOT make sense with my other two borrows and it certainly doesn’t fit in with most of the books that I read. That’s okay. I want to broaden my horizons a bit. I’ve been reading a lot of dark and twisted things lately and I just need to cleanse my palate with some fluff. I’m not expecting to be blown away by this, but I have heard some pretty great things about this book and Perkins’ others in this….series? Companionship? Whatever they are.

Even though I have unread books on my shelf, I will probably be preoccupied with the above three. That happens to other people, right? I asked my mother if she wanted anything from the library and she said, “I have books to read already.”

SO DO I, MOTHER. DON’T JUDGE ME.

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Holiday Loot 2015

Well, the holiday season as pretty much come and gone, at least for me. The school district in which I work is back in session on Monday, January 4, so I’m using the next two days to “be a kid” again. I’ve been in my pajamas, reading books, watching Netflix, and just hanging out. I’m not ready to go back into the real world yet. Sigh.

I did have a wonderful winter break and I am excited to see my students again! They’re going to be gushing all about the presents that Santa put under their Christmas trees and possibly even showing me the loot that they hauled this year. It’s rather adorable. I’m probably going to turn that into a writing project for them. Muahahaha.

But now, it’s time for me to gush about my loot that I hauled this year. This Christmas, I received some truly thoughtful gifts that I am really excited about.

From my sister, I received some chalk pens for my board at school (my school still uses chalkboards!) as well as some teacher stamps for grading papers! Along the same lines, my eldest brother and his girlfriend gave me about 1500 smelly stickers to give to kids. They also got me a 2 lb. jar of Dr. Pepper jelly beans with a chalk label that says “Miss Roberts.” Well…actually, it said “Mrs. Robertson” because one of my students just can’t get it right…

From my parents, I got the softest blanket I’ve ever had. It’s fleece on one side and a sweater on the other. I’ve taken it everywhere in my house since opening it Christmas day.

blanket

I also got a Fitbit Flex from them! I’ve been wanting a Fitbit for about a year now and I’m really excited to finally have one. My stats have been pitiful lately, but once I go back to work on Monday, my steps are going to skyrocket. Do any of you have a Fitbit? What do you think about it? I’d love to have some bookish friends to compete in challenges against. Add me, if you’d like: kacieanneroberts@gmail.com

fitbit

My other brother gave me Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. It’s beautiful with its black-edge pages and I’m excited to dive into this one. Thank you, mother, for giving him a list of books on my wish list.

six of crows

Every year, my mother’s side of the family does a gift exchange on Christmas Eve. This year, my mom’s brother drew my name and he gave me The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness and Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. (I’ve already started reading the Patrick Ness book. Check out my reading progress here.) He wrapped the books inside a plastic bin that will be very useful at school.

knifeofneverlettinggo queenofshadows

Yay books and teacher things!

I also ventured into my local library, so expect a Library Loot post coming soon!

See you soon and happy reading!

kacie

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Library Loot #2

Hello everyone!

As I am getting back into reading, I am also stopping by my local library every now and then. I used to get several books at the library every week, but I obviously have to cut back.

I picked up two books during my library trip the other day. One for me and one for my mom (which really also means two for me).

library loot

#1 – A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas

I’m going to give this one a chance because I have heard a lot of good things about it. If you can recall, I did NOT like Heir of Fire. I’m still not itching to read Queen of Shadows, but I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while. It had been consistently checked out of the library when I ventured in, but it was available this time!

#2 – Finders Keepers – Stephen King

I am a huge Stephen King fan. I just finished 11/22/63, a giant tome of a novel about time travel and the assassination of JFK. Now, I’m currently reading a mystery/crime novel of King’s called Mr. Mercedes. It is about a retired detective who is hunting for a mass murderer that got away. Finders Keepers is the second book in the series. Mom has been wanting to read it forever, but it’s been checked out a lot.  I’m excited to read the first two books in the series back-to-back!

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What are you reading?

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Library Loot #1

Hello fellow booknerds!

Today, I’m starting a new feature here at Kacie’s Bookshelf. As you may have figured out by now, I am a huge supporter of my local library. Most of what I read is borrowed from my public library and I wanted to show you which books I decide to pick up each library trip. A borrowed book haul, if you will.

library loot

I normally head to the library with a plan. I’ve checked the availability of certain books and have written a list by the time I leave my house. Today, I decided to mostly wing it. I had some ideas and some authors in mind and I’m pretty happy with what I picked up!

1.) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I don’t know much about this novel, but I picked it up because it is the favorite book of one of my best friends. All I know is that it is an adult fiction novel about a circus that is only open at night. Have any of you read this book? Should I be exited for it?

2.) Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

One of my favorite BookTubers is Sam from Novels and Nonsense. She is almost always talking about Robin Hobb and her amazing books! I looked up information about the author and the books and I really like that each trilogy/series seems to build off of the previous one. This is the first book of The Farseer Trilogy, the very beginning of the series as a whole. Again, I don’t know a whole lot about the book, but I trust Sam’s judgement. Unfortunately, my library only carries The Farseer Trilogy and none of the later books.

3.) Pravda by Edward Docx

This book was a totally random pick for me…almost. As I was walking through the stacks at the library, the word “Pravda” jumped out at me. I am studying Russian, and this word translates to “true” or “truth.” That alone made me pick it up because I’m very interested in Russian influenced things!

I also picked it up because it fulfills the September challenge in the Library Scavenger Hunt book group on Goodreads! This group was started by Frances (of Nightjar’s Jar of Books) and Chloe (of SSJTimeLord and Her Books). Each month, a challenge is posted and the goal is to go to the library and find a book on the shelves that meets the requirements of the challenge. Check out the group and join us! Go to your library!

September’s challenge: A book with a title in a foreign language

As I said before, the title of this book is Pravda, which is Russian for “true” or “truth.”


I like this idea of winging it when I head to the library. I knew I wanted to pick up Assassin’s Apprentice, but I didn’t go with the intentions of picking up the other two books.

Who knows what else is hiding in those shelves? Libraries are awesome!

I’ll see you soon!

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Book Haul and Monthly Favorites | August 2015

I still can’t believe it is already September! It feels like August just began. I was sitting on the front porch of the mountain house listening to my cousin wish everyone in the house, “Happy August!” Where did the time go?

haul and favs

As you can tell by the title of this post as well as the quickly thrown together mash-up of two of my blog headers, it’s time to talk about the items I’ve purchased this month as well as some stuff that I’m currently diggin’.

Let’s get to it.

Book Haul

This month, I had only one impulse buy and I am super proud of myself! I was meandering through the grocery store when I noticed Matt Damon’s face staring up at me. My local grocer started carrying copies of The Martian by Andy Weir.

martian

I couldn’t resist this purchase, even though it’s a tall mass market paperback, which you know I hate. I can never get my hands on this book at the library because of how popular it is. Actually, I also witnessed it being recommended (and spoiled) to another library patron by the librarian. Of course, I heard everything she said. I was not happy, to say the least, but I still want to read the book…and someone’s always got it checked out.

I also purchased a physical copy of Progeny of Gods: Vertuem Destiny by Geoffrey Storm (BookTuber stiqula) because I wanted to support Geoffrey. Also this cover. It’s so gorgeous.

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Next, I picked up ALL SEVEN Outlander BOOKS by Diana Gabaldon on Amazon for only $1.99 for my Kindle! I haven’t yet read these books, but I was super excited for the deal! Looking at it on Amazon now, it costs $59.99…I think I caught a great deal!

Outlander

I am really excited about my next group of purchases. I took my full piggy banks and traded the coins in for an Amazon gift card. I had over $75 in change just sitting in my room! Who knew?

I still have about $25 left, but here’s what I bought so far:

What happens when I cannot sleep. #adultcoloringbook #coloring #johannabasford #secretgarden #teamnosleep

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As you can see, I’ve already started working on it. I am so excited for this coloring book. My brother’s girlfriend just got Enchanted Forest after I told her about these coloring books!

I also picked up two comic collections:

  • Bob’s Burgers, Issues 1-5 – This is one of my favorite TV shows and when I saw on Jesse’s blog that comics existed, I knew I had to have them! I’m already itching for more.
  • The Legend of Zelda:  A Link to the Past by Shotaro Ishinomori – This is a collection of comics that were originally released in issues of Nintendo Power Magazine back in the late 80s and early 90s. This franchise is my favorite video game franchise and I’ve been eyeing this collection for awhile!

Last, but certainly not least, I picked up my favorite of the new Harry Potter Funko Pop figurines!

voldemort

I still don’t understand how they made Old Voldy so stinkin’ cute.

August Favorites

So last time I posted a “Favorites” post, I had a specific outline that I wanted to follow. I’ve ditched that. I’m just going to wing it.

Television Show: I’ve been watching the first season of NBC’s Hannibal. I am a longtime fan of the Hannibal Lecter book and movie series, and I’ve always been excited about the show. Unfortunately, I was always busy when it was on. I’ve been using Amazon Instant Video for my binge-watching.

Movie: I haven’t watched many new movies lately. In fact, I can’t think of a single movie that I watched that I hadn’t seen before. For this month, however, one re-watch outshone them all. Remember that cousin that I mentioned at the beginning of this post? That’s Sam and he’s awesome. He is twenty years old, but was born with pieces missing from a pair of chromosomes. This means that he has an intellectual disability as well as vision and hearing impairment. He doesn’t let any of that bring him down. Every day to Sam is “THE BEST DAY EVER” and every meal he eats is “THE BEST MEAL EVER,” and so on. Well, Sam and I have been on a Looney Tunes watching spree, so I brought Space Jam to watch because he’d never seen it!

You know, the one with Michael Jordan, aliens, and Bugs Bunny?

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This movie already holds a special place in my heart for some personal reasons, but it was amazing to watch Sam take it all in. Of course, it was “THE BEST MOVIE EVER!”

App: Rain

This app on my phone plays a variety of rain sounds while I am trying to fall asleep! I love, love, love the sound of rain when I am sleeping so this has been a godsend. You can set a timer so that it shuts off and doesn’t play all night. The default setting is for an hour and you can change the level of rain from gentle to medium to heavy. It’s free!

Book: This was a no-brainer for me. My most loved book I read during August is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I think I’m finally ready to start talking about it. Expect a quick review in the coming weeks!


This next piece of the post will usually come during the wrap-up post, but since I’ve done that already, I’m going to add it here. I’ve started a TBR jar! Each month, I am going to pick a challenge at random and then read a book that meets the challenge!

The challenge for September is:  A book that’s title is one word.

To fulfill this challenge, I am selecting Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. In my last post, I asked you wonderful readers to vote for my next book! This book was on the list, but as it’s being released next month, I need to get around to reading it. Thanks for your help, you wonderful blogging humans.


And with that, I think I’ve officially wrapped up the month of August! In the comment section, tell me because I’m dying to know…who’s your favorite Looney Tune?

Mine is Marvin the Martian!

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Where’s the kaboom?

I’ll see you soon!

kacie

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