Sunday, January 1, 2017

Some 2016 Favorites

Welcome!  In an effort to become a more reflective reader myself as well as to document my own reading, I have decided to start a side blog of the books I'm reading both for pleasure and to recommend to students or grow professionally.  I want to improve at making time to read because it is easy to get lost in the busy ways of life, so I am taking some cues from this post at Modern Mrs. Darcy on ways to read more this year.  They are great recommendations for anyone; check them out.

Since I haven't completed anything yet in 2017--although I am always in the middle of at least one  Austen book--I thought I would list some of my favorite reads from 2016.  I will refrain from including all five Jane Austen novels that I listened to on Audible as I worked this summer.  Just know that anything by Jane is an automatic favorite each and every year.

  • A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler--I read this with really high expectations, and, to be honest, I'm not sure I liked it; however, I read it in March and have thought about it throughout the year.  There was definitely something about it that stuck with me.
  • At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon--I never get tired of visiting Mitford.  I wanted to reread this series this year, but only made it through the first book.  Goals. :)
  • The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller--I love this book.  It makes so much sense, and it is one that I plan to revisit over the next few months, so that I can further incorporate her ideas into our library.
  • The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds--This little story is amazing and very impactful.  I hope to incorporate Dot Day next year with our sixth graders.
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan--This is one of those books that I think if someone were to make a movie, the events wouldn't match what happened in my mind at all, but I loved the mixture of the old with the new and the way it made me think about technology.
  • Pax by Sara Pennypacker--I adore this book.  It is so good.  I read it in about three hours one day.  I couldn't put it down.  It is simply lovely.
  • The Selection Series by Kiera Cass--Honestly, I'm not a big fan of The Hunger Games, and I do not like The Bachelor at all, but the combination of the two in The Selection worked for me.  I read the first three books in the series in two days.  I couldn't put them down, and it was so much fun.

While I read many others, these were the 10 books (12 if you count all three Selection books) that either I enjoyed the most or made a major impression in some way or another.  

I'm setting some reading goals for 2017--the first of which is to make a dent in this stack of books on my bedside table before I order more.  That may be the most difficult one of all to keep!  My main goal is to read three books a month for a total of 36 books this year.  I will record my progress on my reading blog.  It will mostly be a mixture of YA and adult fiction with a few professional books thrown in as well.  I'm looking forward to a year of reading.  I can't wait to get started, so I think that I won't; I'm going to start my first book of the new year, The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan, right now.  Happy Reading!

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