Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Books From The Backlog #8

Books from the Backlog, hosted by Carole's Random Life in Books, is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your shelf unread.


Why did I add In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World it Made to my TBR?

The Black Death is endlessly fascinating - the 'treatments' and 'preventions' especially. People do not realize what world-altering events these bouts of plague were. We are talking hundreds of millions of people, gone. Imagine what possibilities, discoveries, creations, advances, died with any one of the untold numbers of victims.

Have you read this book, or is it on your TBR? If you've read it, would you recommend it to others?

Tackling the TBR | Week 31: Aug 15 - Aug 21, 2019


I am desperately trying to get my TBR under control. I have a huge backlog of books and often end up reading new books that are not even on my list, instead of trying to whittle down the list that continues to balloon up on Goodreads. Chuckles had the idea first, and we are going to use this as a chance to encourage each other to get those books read instead of always grabbing new ones and thus never making a dent in the physical and digital stacks we already have. It will also give us a chance to take a good look at our lists and see if there are ones we are no longer interested in. We will be posting on the 7th, 14th, 21st, and the last day of the month.

Previous Week's TBR Total: 3,236

Books Added to TBR: 1

Books Removed from TBR: 0

Books Read: 2

Books DNF-ed: 0

New TBR Total: 3,23
I experimented with removing two aspects of my data collection for this week - one that I listed here all previous weeks as 'Currently Reading' and one where I actually tally the data in a note on my phone that includes the category of 'books moved from tbr to currently reading'. BUT, I also think the numbers are off anyway because of the craziness of the last couple weeks.

I will be getting everything righted again this weekend, that is fo'sho'.

Plus new reviews, even. Yay!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Update on My Previous Update

Hey all! Students started on Wednesday and I had most of my posts lined up ready to go...and then forgot to post them. Oops! So, there is a whole slew today (including this one, oi). I have read the comments you have all left and will be coming around this afternoon to catch up on everything I missed in the last two weeks.

I have not talked about my job too often, but have shared that for the last seven years I have had a very difficult teaching position. I was a Special Education teacher in the Behavior Skills Program, meaning I taught in a self-contained classroom of mixed grade-levels for students verified with various disorders. These include Emotional Disturbance, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, Attention Deficit-Hyperactive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Bi-Polar Disorder, Mood Disorder, just to name a few. Students may also have been verified with an Specific Learning Disability and/or a Speech-Language Impairment as well.

Needless to say, it was a stressful job. I loved it for much of the beginning of my career, but the last three years were especially hard and I knew I was not doing the job as well as I used to. That stress spilled over into every other area of my life and it was time for a change.

This year I have transferred to Resource, which means I am primarily working with kiddos verified with one or multiple SLDs. The first three days with the kids have been a-may-zing. I am really excited for this fresh start, and a chance to recharge my batteries, so to speak. I go into their classrooms and work on various reading and math interventions with them, and I am happy to say that I think this year is going to be fantastic.

Happy Reading!
Sarah

Books From The Backlog #7

Books from the Backlog, hosted by Carole's Random Life in Books, is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your shelf unread.



Why did I add Elizabeth's Women: Friends, Rivals, and Foes Who Shaped the Virgin Queen to my TBR?

Blah blah, her life was so hard, blah blah. I love Tudor history but I absolutely can not stand Elizabeth. She was a spoiled, manipulative brat. So, mostly I added this to my list because I like reading about those rivals and foes especially.

Have you read this book, or is it on your TBR? If you've read it, would you recommend it to others?

First Line Friday #69


First Line Friday is brought to you by Hoarding Books. Playing along is super easy. All you have to do is open the book nearest you and tell me what the first line is. Then check out the link to see the other first lines are offered up this week.

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"Maybe I should be a vampire instead of a princess," said Annie.

Eleanor and I LOVE this series. She can pretty much read them to herself at this point (she's six), but we love reading them together.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Stacking the Shelves #59


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature co-hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality. It is a chance to showcase all the goodies you've collected throughout the week, whether they're bought on-line or in-store, an ARC or a final copy, borrowed from a friend or the library, physical or digital, etc.

Library Treasures
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School started this week for students, so reading has been minimal - as has the acquiring of new treasures. Once we are back into a routine, this will be back to normal!

What did you add to your stash this week?

Happy Reading!
Sarah

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Tackling the TBR | Week 30: Aug 8 - Aug 14, 2019


I am desperately trying to get my TBR under control. I have a huge backlog of books and often end up reading new books that are not even on my list, instead of trying to whittle down the list that continues to balloon up on Goodreads. Chuckles had the idea first, and we are going to use this as a chance to encourage each other to get those books read instead of always grabbing new ones and thus never making a dent in the physical and digital stacks we already have. It will also give us a chance to take a good look at our lists and see if there are ones we are no longer interested in. We will be posting on the 7th, 14th, 21st, and the last day of the month.

Previous Week's TBR Total: 3,237

Books Added to TBR: 1

Books Removed from TBR: 0

Books Read: 2

Books DNF-ed: 0

New TBR Total: 3,236

Eleanor started school Monday, and my students came back today. I will get around to everyone's blogs this week, maybe even before the weekend.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #58


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature co-hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality. It is a chance to showcase all the goodies you've collected throughout the week, whether they're bought on-line or in-store, an ARC or a final copy, borrowed from a friend or the library, physical or digital, etc.

Library Treasures
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What did you add to your stash this week?

Happy Reading!
Sarah

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Books From The Backlog #6

Books from the Backlog, hosted by Carole's Random Life in Books, is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your shelf unread.



Why did I add Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard, Queen to my TBR?

This may come as a shock to some, but the Plantagenets were not always my fave dysfunctional family. The Tudors were my first love and I have always felt extremely sad for Mary and the lot she was cast in life, thanks to her father. 

Have you read this book, or is it on your TBR? If you've read it, would you recommend it to others?

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Tackling the TBR | Week 29: Aug 1 - Aug 7, 2019


I am desperately trying to get my TBR under control. I have a huge backlog of books and often end up reading new books that are not even on my list, instead of trying to whittle down the list that continues to balloon up on Goodreads. Chuckles had the idea first, and we are going to use this as a chance to encourage each other to get those books read instead of always grabbing new ones and thus never making a dent in the physical and digital stacks we already have. It will also give us a chance to take a good look at our lists and see if there are ones we are no longer interested in. We will be posting on the 7th, 14th, 21st, and the last day of the month.


Previous Week's TBR Total: 3,231

Books Added to TBR: no idea

Books Removed from TBR: no idea

Currently Reading: no idea

Books Read: no idea

Books DNF-ed: no idea

New TBR Total: 3,237

My numbers are all kinds of screwed up because Eleanor and I spent the last two weeks home in Minnesota and I did not keep track like I normally do. My numbers increased by six, but that is because I found a couple new books while browsing at the library lately. Pretty darn good for not really tallying anything. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

So Long, Summer!

I'm not crying, I swear,

Except I am, because Eleanor and I had a totally amazing summer and tonight it is coming to an end. Teacher work days start tomorrow, and my students return next Wednesday.

Eleanor starts school on Monday.

MONDAY.

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I am going to work this weekend on getting posts prepped for the next few weeks because let me tell you the truest thing in the whole world:

"There is no tired like teacher-in-the-first-week-of-school tired."

Be well, friends. My schedule for the time-being (first few weeks/month of the year) will be to mainly visit/comment on the weekends. Please know that I am reading all your lovely words here and will be 'round to your blogs just as soon as I am able.

Friday, August 2, 2019

First Line Friday #68



First Line Friday is brought to you by Hoarding Books. Playing along is super easy. All you have to do is open the book nearest you and tell me what the first line is. Then check out the link to see the other first lines are offered up this week.

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"Have you ever had a riot? I ask a recruiter from the Corrections Corporation of America."

For those who do not understand how terrible these for-profit prisons are, this is a must read. Actually, it should be a must-read anyway. The treatment-of-inmates link from slavery to prison plantations to for-profit prisons is clear and abhorrent.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Books From The Backlog #5

Books from the Backlog, hosted by Carole's Random Life in Books, is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your shelf unread.



Why did I add The Nazi Olympics to my TBR?

I have been interested in The Holocaust, Nazis, and WWII for as long as I can remember. I've read anything I could get my hands on, from elementary school, on. This is one aspect of Hitler and the Nazis before the war that I know almost nothing about.

Have you read this book, or is it on your TBR? If you've read it, would you recommend it to others?

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Tackling the TBR Week 28: July 22 - July 31, 2019


I am desperately trying to get my TBR under control. I have a huge backlog of books and often end up reading new books that are not even on my list, instead of trying to whittle down the list that continues to balloon up on Goodreads. Chuckles had the idea first, and we are going to use this as a chance to encourage each other to get those books read instead of always grabbing new ones and thus never making a dent in the physical and digital stacks we already have. It will also give us a chance to take a good look at our lists and see if there are ones we are no longer interested in. We will be posting on the 7th, 14th, 21st, and the last day of the month.


Previous Week's TBR Total: 3,346

Books Added to TBR: 8

Books Removed from TBR: 115

Currently Reading: 8

Books Read: 2

Books DNF-ed: 2

New TBR Total: 3,231

We've been home in Minnesota since last week, so I have not read as much as normal. Our whole family lives here and we have spent a lot of time visiting my grandparents. I have been able to go through my TBR though to remove books I am no longer interested in reading, so that's a big time bonus. Naturally we also visited the library here in town and I found a couple books of interest, and Eleanor snagged a ton of Magic Tree House books we have not read yet, so we are plowing through those.

Eleanor Says...Magic Tree House Edition V


I started this feature in order to not only give children's books more time and space, but to hear from a child about the very books they should (or should not) be reading. Eleanor often pretends to be blogging on her own 'laptop' and I thought this would be a fun way to combine the two things I love most: my daughter, and books.

While I try not to blog too much while Eleanor and I are both home, she knows that I write about books I love and loathe, and that I have a blog. I asked if she would like to tell people what she thinks of kids' books, and if we could put her ideas on my blog too. She liked this idea a lot. I explained to Eleanor what the star-rating means, and that she can say anything she thinks about the book, that nothing is wrong; she can talk about things she did or did not like, as well as how the story made her feel. She now asks as soon as we finish a book if we can talk and write about it.

Here are Eleanor's thoughts on a few of our recent reads, straight out of her six-year-old brain:

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Mom says: This is actually my least favorite of all we’ve read so far, which is a bummer because I like reading about pirates.

Eleanor says: I liked when the pirates put Jack and Annie on the ship because they wouldn’t tell the pirates where the treasure was. But they couldn’t tell the pirates because they didn’t know. The cabin was stinky. Annie found the whale. Seeing Morgan was awesome, because we got to see how they met (Mom note: we’ve read the books out of order). Mommy and I thought Morgan helped them on their trips and we were right. Morgan was the pteranodon, and the knight and the cat and the parrot. She kept them safe. We know they will have more adventures.

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Eleanor says: I liked when the two boys gave Annie and Jack the message they carved. The message was about having hope. I would have been totally scared in the earthquake. Annie and Jack were scared but they still wanted to help, so they gave the two boys their shoes. Annie fell in a hole in the earthquake, but Jack helped her by bringing bricks for her to stack so she could get out. I would be so scared of the fire burning up all my books. This was a good story.

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Eleanor says: I liked learning about how the mummies got put into tombs. There was a funeral procession. First they went the Beautiful House. Then they went to the pyramid. The pyramids and tombs got robbed by tomb robbers. The tomb robbers got beaten and they died if they got caught. They wanted to steal the mummy treasures. I also learned how the mummies get wrapped. It looks like toilet paper, but it is strips of linen. It took a long time to make the body into a mummy. I think this is a good book to teach kids about ancient Egypt. I learned a lot.

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Eleanor says: The Ice Age people isn’t have electricity so they had to use fire to see. When lightning struck it might have started fires. Neanderthals skulls were bigger than ours and it’s forehead was down to its eyes. Homo sapient like us, our teeth show better and don’t stick out like Neanderthals. Our eyes are bigger. The Cro-Magnon people made instruments and forts with animal tusks, skulls, fur, and with branches. I learned a lot, like how they put drawings on their cage walls. We learned about sabertooths, they were big. The people drew pictures of animals on the face walls. I liked this book. I learned new stuff about the ice age.

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Eleanor says: Five stars because I love the ship so much and I missed it really much. I love learning about Titanic. It’s my favorite ship. I was sad when it sank, because so many people died. The people didn’t have to die but there were not enough lifeboats. That was not the people’s fault. The owners didn’t put enough lifeboats on. My mom likes to sing me the Titanic song and it gets too noisy. She sings it too loud and is so dramatic. This is a good book for kids to learn about Titanic. There is a lot of information.

State of the ARC #18


State of the ARC is a monthly feature hosted by Avalinah's Books. I am so glad I stumbled upon it, because it helped me so much in tackling my ARC list in 2018. Now things are under control, and this post doesn't cause me as much worry as it used to. Links go to Goodreads, unless I have finished the review, in which case it goes to that. All ARCs are from NetGalley unless otherwise noted.

Pending/Wishlist = One
Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands by Dan Jones


Not Started = Two
You be You! by Jonathan Branfman


Something Bad Happened by Dawn Huebner

Started = Zero

DNF = Zero

Finished/Review to Come = Zero

Review or Feedback Sent = One
My Dad Thinks I'm a Boy?!: A Trans Positive Children's Book by Sophie Labelle

What does you ARC situation look like for this month?

Happy Reading!
Sarah

Monday, July 29, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday | Freebie Time: Five Star Reads of 2019 (So Far)



Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week is a freebie, which means we can do whatever topic we want. I am choosing to show off the really excellent books I have read so far in 2019.

I started the year with some pretty heavy topics - racial, gender, and social inequality, abortion rights, rape, politics, and patriotism - you know, the usual. That continued for much of the first part of the year.

I also read some books that will surprise people because fiction is SO not my thing. And given the fact that some of those managed to get five stars also...it is kind of a big deal.

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As I put together this post, I realized I have read a lot of really amazing books so far. I think this is more five stars in seven months than I have had in some years total. I have also read A TON of books though. Not counting the Magic Tree House ones that I am reading with my daughter, I am already over 200 books for the year. So, I think this is a good thing that I have had SO MANY awesome reads and the year isn't even over yet.

Have you read any of these? Are any on your TBR? Leave a link to your TTT also and I will be sure to visit.