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Blog Hop and Follow Friday (10)

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted at

This week's question is: Do you judge a book by it's cover?

I hate to admit it, but I am guilty of choosing books based on their covers. The cover usually grabs my attention... I mean, that is why people in marketing and design have jobs, right? If it looks good visually, I'll read the synopsis. Ultimately, the story is what convinces me. If the story doesn't sound like it will hold my attention, I won't bother with it.

When I choose books for my classroom I make sure they look interesting. I know my kids won't touch them if they aren't "cool." It's really sad, but it's a fact of (classroom) life.

I'm going to the International Reading Association Conference!

I had to share this with someone. I am way too excited to keep it to myself. I figured book lovers would appreciate the level of awesomeness of this event. I went to the National Council of English Teachers conference in November (which is where I scored my entire TBR bookshelf.... still reading those). Now, I get to go to an International level conference. (squealing with delight here) I can't wait to see what books I'll score now. Last time I got Lost Voices, Delirium, Angel Burn, Haven, Cryer's Cross, Reckless, Eona, Numbers #2, Anna and the French Kiss, Shine, Where She Went and a "few" others. Oh, and I met Lois Lowry and the Vladamir Todd author (by accident, but worth it). =)

This time I get to meet my son's favorite author: Jeff Kinney. He's going to be thrilled. Oh, and I get to go for FREE!!

Okay, all bragging is out of my system now. Thanks for indulging. Now, let the countdown begin. (I hope my car can carry it all back. I ran out of room last…

Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Forest of Hands and Teeth Carrie Ryan
Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (March 10, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0385736819
Source: My own personal book

Synopsis from back cover: In Mary’s world, there are simple truth. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village. The fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

But slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power. And, when the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness.

Now she must choose between her village and her future, between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a worl…

In My Mailbox (6)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.
 I didn't participate last week because I was on vacation. This week my mailbox is pretty simple. I’ve downloaded a few new e-books from NetGalley: Bumped and Die for Me. (I finished reading and reviewingDie for Me in a day… enjoyed it much.)

I also got a poetry book filled with poems about famous icons. Starbucks, eBay, Amazon, Uggs… Good stuff. It was a fun read. See the review here.  

Not sure if this counts as “new” books, but a student finally brought back a ton of my books that I had loaned her in the beginning of the year. I haven’t read any of them yet, so I count them as new. Two that look good are Missing by Catherine Macphail and Cloudy with a Chance of Boys by Megan McDonald. (Yep, the Judy Moody author.)

Review: Iconic Poetry

Iconic Poetry: Poems on Life’s Favorite Icons Sara Lauritzen
Paperback: 68 pages

Publisher: Sara Lauritzen (March 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0983328609
ISBN-13: 978-0983328605
Source: Printed book from the author

This collection of poems makes you remember that poetry can be found in all aspects of our daily lives. I loved playing a guessing game with some of the poems, trying to guess which famous icon was being described in the short rhyming stanzas. In a typical review I give a short summary of the plot and talk about characters and such, but that doesn’t work for poetry. Instead, I’ve decided to write about the poems I enjoyed the most. After all, good poetry makes you ponder… and that’s exactly what I did while reading.

I enjoyed the poems in this collection for many different reasons. Some inspired the teacher in me to think of new ideas for teaching my students poetry, other poems made me think about myself and my kids. The poems weren’t lengthy and they also rhymed, which added a sense o…