Monday, May 18, 2020

Quarantine Reads #13 The One and Only Ivan

Here is an oldie but a goodie.  I cannot wait to read the companion book to it.

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Quarantine Reads #12 Auggie and Me by RJ Palacio

To hear more behind the characters' stories in Wonder, check out Auggie and Me.  Here is a quick promo for the book.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Quarantine Reads #5 In the Shadow of the Sun

Here is the fifth book recommendation in the Quarantine Reads video series.  These books are available through Mackinvia for students to check out.  So, I encourage you to take the time to read a great story.  Enjoy!

Monday, April 13, 2020

Quarantine Read #3 Take Two

I like the idea of actually book talking titles so that I can try to connect with students even through the quarantine.  However, I want to post to instagram, so I am also designing book trailers that are under 1 minute.  I will be posting them here as well so that those who want to hear a book talk can choose that video, and those that just want a quick--very quick visual synopsis can choose the take 2 less than a minute option.

Quarantine Reads #3 A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting by Joe Ballarini

It is time for another book talk of a book that you can find through our digital platform for ebooks, Mackinvia.  I encourage you to check it out.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Quarantine Read #2

Here is the second in the series I have titled Quarantine Reads.  I am choosing books that we have available in our online platform, MackinVia, so that students have easy access to them.  This is one that I listened to, and the audio is great.  Happy reading!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

#YAMSReads 5

Here are the books that the faculty is reading during the 5th six weeks.  Maybe we can get some of them to comment on them in the weeks to come.  I can say that all 6 were great.  I will discuss them more later.

Quarantine Read 1 Take 2

As we venture into ways to connect with students, I found that what I thought about one form of communication was not correct.  So, I had to make a MUCH shorter book talk or book trailer.  Here is the same book--but in a much abbreviated form.  Hope you enjoy.  No wordiness in this one.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Good fast-paced adventure mystery.  Kira was found by Cady when she was a little girl lost in the woods. Kira had been in the woods for over a week and was traumatized by the experience.  Cady adopted Kira and helped her deal with her past. Cady trains search and rescue dogs and has taught Kira and her son, Jude, along with a close family friend, Free, the business of search and rescue. 
One day, a man comes with a case for Cady to help with, and they all pack up to find a little girl lost in the woods by Cady’s hometown. 
This case brings up all kinds of secrets of the past which could get in the way of them finding Belle in time.
I really liked this mystery. I thought that Barnes kept the suspense coming and the ending was a surprise for me. Which doesn’t happen too often. 
Definitely recommend this good read.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

#YAMSReads 4

2020 is a new year, and our reading is going to be awesome this year.  We have some great choices. Our theme for this six weeks is books that have been made into movies.  Participants even get the opportunity to choose a title that fits into the theme if they have one other than the 5 choices given to them. 

#YAMSReads 3

Our third installment had many people reading, but our discussion was mostly in person vs. online.  We ended the year with a less than stellar showing, but are the great books that we read.

#YAMSReads #2

We had a great discussion in the second installment of #YAMSReads.  Here are the books we chose.  If you are ever curious, you can go over to twitter and read the discussion.