WWW Wednesdays (5.15.19)

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What are you currently reading?

OK, friends, I suck. I haven’t read any more of The Vintage Summer Wedding since I first started it. I need to get back to it…like 3 weeks ago.


 What did you just finish reading?

Today my classes are finishing HOLES! We just finished our state standardized testing yesterday, so this is a welcome relief for them. We’ll watch the film and then do a comparison before moving on to our final unit.


What do you think you’ll read next?

I think now I’m leaning toward reading Accused next, but who knows what will happen once I finish The Vintage Summer Wedding.


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

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WWW Wednesdays (5.1.19)

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What are you currently reading?

I haven’t made much headway in The Vintage Summer Wedding. Honestly, my anxiety and depression have gotten the better of me these past couple weeks. I’ve been trying to focus on house projects, which have now come to a stall. I’m hoping to finish the book this week, though!

With testing season upon us, we are slowing down reading HOLES in class. My students read ahead on a day I was out, so I have to catch up to them! We will literally be reading the book almost up until we get out for school with all the end-of-year interruptions.


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What do you think you’ll read next?

I think now I’m leaning toward reading Accused next, but who knows what will happen once I finish The Vintage Summer Wedding.


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

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WWW Wednesdays (4.17.19)

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What are you currently reading?

I finally got my Kindle situation sorted out. I now have a Kindle Oasis and I’ve started a new book, The Vintage Summer Wedding. I haven’t gotten very far into the exposition, so I’m unsure what is going on exactly except Anna and Seb have moved into this old

A Vera Wang dress, the reception at a sophisticated London venue, and a guest list that reads like a society gossip column are all the ingredients of Anna Whitehall’s perfect wedding that never was…

Spending the summer uncovering hidden treasures in a vintage shop, Anna can still vividly remember both her childhood dreams; the first was that she’d become a Prima Ballerina, and dance on stage resplendent in a jewel-encrusted tutu. The second was that at her wedding she would walk down the aisle wearing a collective-gasp-from-the-congregation dress.

Years ago Anna pirouetted out of her cozy hometown village in a whirl of ambition…but when both of those fairy-tale dreams came crashing down around her ballet shoes, she and fiancée Seb find themselves back in Nettleton, their wedding and careers postponed indefinitely…

My students and I are moving through HOLES. Today we are reading Chapter 30, which is when the Stanley-Zero deal is revealed to the adults and stuff goes down.


 What did you just finish reading?

Ummmm….nothing in the past week. I’ve been book-less. :/


What do you think you’ll read next?

My current shortlist is getting smaller and smaller! I think now I’m leaning toward reading Accused next, but who knows what will happen once I finish The Vintage Summer Wedding.


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

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WWW Wednesdays (4.3.19)

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What are you currently reading?

My students and I are still reading HOLES. We just finished district testing and went to the library, so now we are ready to read again. We are about to start Chapter 19.


 What did you just finish reading?

I started reading again – on my own!! It felt so nice to be pulled into someone else’s life and world. Both of these were on my “read next” list from my loooong Netgalley list. I read Girl Meets Class first. I read a few chapters at night, and then I finished the rest of the book on Sunday. I was so absorbed that I went immediately on to another book. I chose First, which is actually two stories in one. I liked how they were intertwined with a brother, sister, and both of their best friends. I stayed up all Sunday night reading First.


What do you think you’ll read next?

I haven’t picked out my next book, but it will be one of these. Probably one of the first three, I’m thinking.


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

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WWW Wednesdays (3.20.19)

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What are you currently reading?

I am reading HOLES with all of my ELA classes. We are making slower progress than I thought we’d make with keeping a double-entry journal and a few checkpoint assignments and activities along the way. Currently we have read to Chapter 14 and today we’ll read Chapters 15 and 16. We’re testing for the next two days, but next week we’ll read a few more chapters and then have a big writing assignment.

This is the first time I’ve read HOLES. Several of my students don’t believe me! I do feel like seeing the movie has ruined the book for me, and my kids keep making points about the differences we’ve discovered so far. I keep telling them Hollywood does what they want.


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What do you think you’ll read next?


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

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WWW Wednesdays (8.15.18)

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What are you currently reading?

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In 1972 home is a cozy nest on Cape Cod for eleven-year-old Naomi “Chirp” Orenstein, her older sister, Rachel; her psychiatrist father; and her dancer mother. But then Chirp’s mom develops symptoms of a serious disease, and everything changes. 

Chirp finds comfort in watching her beloved wild birds. She also finds a true friend in Joey, the mysterious boy who lives across the street. Together they create their own private world and come up with the perfect plan: Escape. Adventure. Discovery. 


 What did you just finish reading?

I finished I Love You More several nights ago, I can’t remember when. IT WAS SO GOOD! I got bored with all the actual definitions being in every chapter that the child, Picasso, narrated. I started just skipping over those entirely. The entire time I was reading, I kept thinking something was going to happen to prevent the three wives from meeting at the end of the book. I was shocked by the identity of the real shooter. I immediately questioned how the gun was not found with the description of what happened and how it was disposed of. It would have been found. Other than that, I just found is really weird and creepy and unnecessary that Oliver had a few chapters. They were creepy.

I started Ain’t He Precious? immediately after finishing I Love You More. I needed something a little lighter. It wasn’t quite what I thought it was. I wish it had more development on the family. It all centered around an old love and what was then and getting back together. I just wish there had been more.


What do you think you’ll read next?

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 How about you? What are you reading this week?

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WWW Wednesdays (8.8.18)

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What are you currently reading?

I started reading I Love You More the other day and I was immediately sucked in. The story is told in alternating perspectives: Picasso’s (the first wife’s daughter), Kyle (the detective), and The Wives collectively. It is SO interesting. I don’t want to do anything else but keep reading and find out how all of this came together and how these women survived all those years knowing.

One man, three wives, the perfect murder. A scintillating novel of betrayal and conspiracy.

Picasso Lane is twelve years old when her father, Oliver, is murdered at their summer beach house. Her mother, Diana, is the primary suspect—until the police discover his second wife, and then his third. The women say they have never met—but Picasso knows otherwise. Picasso remembers the morning beautiful Jewels showed up at their house, carrying the same purse as her mother, and a family portrait featuring her father with two strange boys. Picasso remembers lifting the phone, listening to late night calls with Bert, a woman heavily pregnant with Oliver’s fourth child. As the police circle and a detective named Kyle Kennedy becomes a regular fixture in their home, Picasso tries to make sense of her father’s death, the depth of his deceit, and the secrets that bind these three women. Cunningly paced and plotted, I Love You More is a riveting novel of misplaced loyalty, jealousy, and revenge.


 What did you just finish reading?

I finally finished Spring in Sweetwater County. I’m not so sure about this book. It was medicore at best. I think I feel that way because it seemed so underdeveloped. There was some great depth with the secrets kept and the relationships of the characters today, but it just didn’t make it to the finish line. I actually rated this book the lowest I’ve rated a book in a long, long time. Only 2 stars. :/


What do you think you’ll read next?

But it will be one of my older NetGalley books.


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

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WWW Wednesdays (8.1.18)

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What are you currently reading?

I haven’t gotten much further in the book I started last week. The beginning is very convoluted. I almost wanted to put it down. There are just too many ominous statements about characters that are not brought into the light. It was hard getting off the ground with this one. I still haven’t read all that much this week, and I’m a bit peeved with myself about it, but I did spend all yesterday setting up my classroom. Maybe today will be better.


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 How about you? What are you reading this week?

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WWW Wednesdays (7.25.18)

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What are you currently reading?

I just started reading Spring in Sweetwater County yesterday. Spending half the day at Ft. Sam Houston and the other half setting up my dad’s phone, I didn’t get to finish more than the first few pages. But so far it is VERY interesting! I can’t wait to find out more about the character of James Benjamin. I’m a little disappointed it is the second book in the series, but I think I’ll get along with it alright.

Forty years after the death of her true love, Judy Gaylord discovers he’s alive. With the guilt of her falling into the arms of his cousin to console her grief, she now must face the man she betrayed. 

Dr. James Benjamin has dedicated his life to helping people deal with their post-traumatic stress disorder in hopes of forgetting about his own trauma. Not wanting to risk the safety of others, he’s spent decades alone, but when he sees the woman he never forgot from before the war, his heart awakens. 

When circumstances force Judy and James to work together, they soon discover old feelings never faded. Judy must forgive herself and James will have to face his fear or they will miss their second chance.


 What did you just finish reading?

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I stayed up all Saturday night reading Cactus Rose. I thought it was going to be a great book from the start. A woman looking for a husband in Arizona Territory — in the saloon? The story line was interesting, revolving around Native American history, but there were a few strange moments between the two main characters as the book went on. I understood its purpose to create tension and suspense, but it was quite strange. I was a little shocked at the real identity of the mysterious looter and the crazy notions the hot-shot in town has and his gross reach over the law.


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 How about you? What are you reading this week?

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WWW Wednesdays (7.4.18)

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Happy 4th of July!


What are you currently reading?

I just started reading Cactus Rose on Sunday afternoon. I left this morning for my cruise, so with all the preparations and packing I did not get too far into the book, but I am looking forward to it! The cover makes me think of a desert romance, which is just perfect for a hot, dry Texas summer.
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Rosie Saladay needs to get married—fast. The young widow needs help to protect her late husband’s ranch, but no decent woman can live alone with a hired hand. With the wealthy Wesley Morris making a play for her land, Rosie needs a husband or she risks losing everything. So she hangs a sign at the local saloon: “Husband wanted. Apply inside. No conjugal rights.”

Delmar Grant is a sucker for a damsel in distress, and even with Rosie’s restrictions on “boots under her bed” stated firmly in black and white, something about the lovely widow’s plea leaves him unable to turn away her proposal of marriage.

Though neither planned on falling in love, passion ignites between the unlikely couple. But their buried secrets—and enemies with both greed and a grudge—threaten to tear them apart. They’ll discover this marriage of convenience may cost them more than they could have ever bargained for. 


 What did you just finish reading?

I finished Unmasking Juliet, finally! I attacked the book with a vengeance to get back to reading, and I was pleasantly surprised with what happened next! The writing is artfully crafted. I loved the scene in the sunflower garden. A family feuding chocolate world that grounds to a halt over a contract with a major distributor and chocolate contests.

I can’t wait to see which classic Wilson turns into a retelling next. She is so good at it!


What do you think you’ll read next?

24647891I think I am going to stick to the original plan and read Help Yourself next. It will be a good change of setting from ranch life in Cactus Rose. Set on the Atlantic coast, the main character must complete a series of life-improving tasks to earn her windfall inheritance while her crudgy uncle wants to steal it from her. Go read the Goodreads description. This will prove to be hysterically humorous, I just know it.


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

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