Book Blogger Hop ~ Buying a Library Book

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.


Have you ever read a library book you loved SO much, you just HAD to own it, so you bought a copy for yourself after returning the library book you had already finished? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

Yes, although I bought them MUCH later than when I read them from the library. I read the Little House on the Prairie series in elementary school (and re-read them at least 10 times). That is the next book purchase on my list. I also read Perfect and started the Bloody Jack series in high school, and after graduation and making my own money, I bought both of these books. I own all the books in the Bloody Jack series now and I still adore them. I also did the same with the Harry Potter series, which I read through the Amazon Lending Library after I graduated college. I now own two box sets (one I’m going to give to my mom), and the illustrated copies that have been released.

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Sunday Post ~ Back in the Swing

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a weekly news post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase the books and other goodies you’ve received, and share news about upcoming events on your blog. Be creative and personalize it! To get in on the Sunday fun day, see the rules here: Suday Post Meme.

School has started and I have some great kids! A few squirrels and chuckleheads, but I think we’re working out those kinks. I have an awesome assembly of yearbook kids. I think perhaps the best group ever. We are three weeks in and progress reports go out this week.

Two weeks ago I took Baby in for her shots and asked them about a bump on her elbow. It was a tumor. She went into surgery three days later. I take her back this week to get her stitches out and find out the results. And today is her 8th birthday!

Last week my middle brother, who has been deployed to Iraq, finally came home! I am so glad he is back stateside and he and his wife are settling into their new home. He will be coming home in a few weeks and I can’t wait.

Last weekend I drove almost to Oklahoma with my friend to pick up a dog for her daughter. It was a surprise. Her husband finally agreed to get a puppy and gave up his rigid rule that it had to be a schnauzer. The original puppy they saw in pictures kept disappearing, so she picked out another one. As we were leaving, I asked her about the original one. The owner brought her back out of the house…and we backed away with two puppies! I couldn’t decide, she couldn’t decide, her husband couldn’t decide, so we let her daughter decide. She actually picked the original one they were going to get, and I came home with a ten-week chocolate and caramel Border Collie-Labrador. With the mask around her eyes, I thought of masks and masquerades, so I named her Revel.

Two weeks ago I took advantage of the Labor Day sales and set out with my friend and her daughter – the KK girls – to find the perfect reclining sectional and coffee table for my odd-shaped living room. I settled on a denim-looking sectional called Levi and a large rolling coffee table. I found a great discounted rug at Walmart that matched and everything arrived and got set up yesterday. I am SO in love with my living room and foresee spending a lot more time there. It will also be much more helpful for grading papers.

I have been trying to keep up with reading. It has been tough this week. I have been going to bed earlier than I ever did the past school years. My eyes can’t stay open to read more than 5 pages this past week.

Back to School

Read & Recommend

Psyching Yourself Up

Choosing the Next Book

Gifts for Book Lovers

Buying a Library Book

Book Blogger Hop ~ Gifts for Book Lovers

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.


What would you give as a birthday gift to a fellow book lover? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

I am a horrible gift buyer. Maybe because nobody talks about what they’d want around me and it kinda sucks to ask. My first line would be a gift card to a book retailer (Amazon, The Book Depository, B&N, etc.) because you can buy all kinds of books or bookish things with it! The next thing on the list would be some bookish related items to adorn their shelves and accompany their books.

Book Blogger Hop ~ Choosing the Next Book

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.


How do you choose the next book to read? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

Honestly, I am so backlogged on NetGalley it’s not even funny. I didn’t know how it worked at all. I thought it was endless opportunities to have new books, so I have a daunting mountain of books to still read. I am trying to work my way back through them all, so I pick 6-12 books from that list for a “short list” to choose from. Usually that works well, but I also throw in a new NetGalley book or other book every so often, but my goal is to get through as many of those as I can and clean up those digital corners of my life.

Book Blogger Hop ~ Psyching Yourself Up

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.


Do you read historical fiction? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

Yes, I do! Mostly romance historical fiction, but I also have read quite a bit of WWII historical fiction and of course my childhood love and favorite series, Little House on the Prairie.

Book Blogger Hop ~ Read & Recommend

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.


What authors do you always read and recommend? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

I read a lot of romance and historical fiction, so I definitely would recommend authors in those areas: Nora Roberts, Diana Gabaldon, Brenda Novak, RaeAnne Thayne, Amelia Grey, Valerie Bowman, etc. I also read quite a bit of women’s literature, as well. Juliette Harper, Ashley Farley, Eliza Gordon, Kristin Hannah, Elin Hilderbrand, etc.

Specific books I’d recommend:

  • Looking for Alaska
  • Harry Potter series
  • Outlander series
  • Blue Steal
  • April’s Glow
  • Not Always Happenstance
  • King of the Friend Zone
  • Regarding Anna
  • The Neverland Wars series
  • Wonder
  • The Corner of Bitter and Sweet
  • Shackled

Back to School

Hey y’all!

It is that time again. I have already been back at school since last Tuesday – the day after I returned from Hawaii. I worked at school all week on our first ever incoming 6th grade orientation, Hippo Camp. I got some planning in with my new partner and my new mentee, who will be supporting our language arts classes thru writers’ workshop. The week ended with Hippo Camp. We had 126 baby 6th graders attend. It was a crazy packed day! 

Now it is time to move on to getting my classrooms ready. I want to do a few things differently, but I have seen HUGE classes on my unofficial class lists. As in 35+. Lawdy, but I hope not. That’s a discredit to teaching those kids. 

As I’m gearing up for the new year with new teaching load of all advanced classes (and one on-level), I’m wanting to change some things up. There is a big #clearthelist teacher movement going around right now across the nation. I am eyeballing some items on Amazon that I really would like to have to support these changes for my kids. 

Please take a peek at my Amazon wishlist for my two classrooms and groups of students. I want to prepare my classrooms for my students to be super successful in a great environment! If you feel so inclined, I would love any support from you guys! I appreciate every little bit.