Monday, May 16, 2011

It's Monday, Here's What I Am Reading

Monday, May 16, 2011
Time for another Monday's  meme with Shelia @ One Person's Journey Through a World of Books where I get to answer the question, "What are you reading?"

Last week was a very 
exciting week for me as it marked the 5th Annual Area Wide Book Battle sponsored by my school district . As one of the co-founders of this event, the actual battle is a culmination of a year long process. Over  the years the battle has grown to include over 30 middle schools in the St Louis area who come together in May to compete. The students must answer questions about 20 different books written specifically for the the battle by a committee of three librarians,  two other teachers, and myself.

This year's battle was especially rewarding because my school's team came in second. This is the first time we have ever placed and four of the six kids on the team were also my students.

All of the students got the rare opportunity to meet not one but two authors before the competitions to get their books signed. Both Heather Brewer and James Dashner were on hand for the entire time. After the battle was finished the entire committee enjoyed lunch with both these authors, and I enjoyed being able to sit and talk books with them both.

This week I posted two reviews:

The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch

Instructions for a Broken Heart by Kim Culbertson

Books Read: 

Back When You Were Easier to Love by Emily Wing Smith

This had a very interesting premise involving a road trip, lost love, and a new love. Very cute read!

 Currently Reading/ Listening to:

The Undertakers Rise of the Corpses by  Ty Draco

A fantastic middle grade read about dead people being taken over by aliens and becoming zombies. Lots of action and for someone who doesn't especially like zombies, I am having a hard time putting this one down.

The Gathering by Kelly Armstrong

My first book by Kelly Armstrong and definitely will not be my last. I am loving the Native American mythology in this and the characters are terrific.

So what have you been reading?
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