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What are you currently reading?
I have been a horrible reader this past week. Once I got so far into Liberty Frye and the Sails of Fate, I completely lost interest in all things reading. I didn’t even touch my Kindle all weekend. I had other things more pressing for my interest, but now I need to get back to reading.
I have The Reluctant Assassin (W.A.R.P. #1) on hold right now. This was an audiobook from last summer’s SYNC releases.
With my “homeroom” students I am reading Wonder. This is part of a city-wide project, and my city is even hosting a Wonder Run this weekend. The book is very moving – the kids are getting invested, even though they have no real concept to relate how Auggie actually looks. They have no frame of reference, so it makes the story – and Auggie – so much more powerful.
You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.
August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside.
But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.
Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted – but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?
Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches forever, Wonder is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.
What did you just finish reading?
My students finished The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 in class last week – on Wednesday, to be exact. Several of them have since gone home and independently found the movie and watched it, even though I told them we would be watching it in class. I just love this book so much. I love Kenny’s character, I love his mother’s character. I just love his family. Kenny is pretty darn funny, which runs in the family.
The Newbery Honor-winning American classic, The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963 , celebrates 20 years with this anniversary edition featuring a special letter from Christopher Paul Curtis and an introduction by noted educator Dr. Pauletta Bracy.
Enter the hilarious world of ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. There’s Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, and brother Byron, who’s thirteen and an “official juvenile delinquent.” When Momma and Dad decide it’s time for a visit to Grandma, Dad comes home with the amazing Ultra-Glide, and the Watsons set out on a trip like no other. They’re heading South to Birmingham, Alabama, toward one of the darkest moments in America’s history.
What do you think you’ll read next?
This category is broken up into two separate sections. Y’all have been seeing the same books down here for
weeks months now, and most of them have been TBR Jar books, but I’ve been receiving several review tour books recently.
TBR Jar Books
I’ve decided to sneak these books in pre-TBR Jar. I planned on reading these first, so I didn’t put them in my TBR Jar, but they basically go in the jar. These are books I want to read up on to clear out my Kindle. The first on my list of to-read’s is to get The Money Tree off of my backlog.
Review Tour Books
These are my upcoming review tour books from the end of April through May.
How about you? What are you reading this week?