Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Summer Reading; Boredom Begone

While everyone else has shared their amazing BEA books and bling I have a different kind of exciting box of books-the box of books I cart home every summer to read.  I have a little contest at school in which students are challenged, prodded, and cajoled into reading books I've bragged about.  It works on a few.  Books have points and if they get a certain amount of points then they are invited to a frolicking fun pizza party in the library.  There's prizes.  And pizza.  This year there was even mini ice cream cones! 

Each summer I have to read a few more books to keep ahead-I'm not really vying for the points but I have to have new ones to rave about.  I swear the box gets heavier every year and each year I pray that I actually get them all read.  

What's in the box, you say...
From my school library shelves:

Countdown by Deborah Wiles
Turtle In Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
Wishworks, Inc. by Stephanie Tolan
Storm Runners by Roland Smith
The Great Wall of Lucy Lu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang
A Drowned Maiden's Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz (after loving The Night Fairy by her I have to read this one)
Grip of the Shadow Plague (Book 3-Fablehaven) by Brandon Mull (I'm anxious to continue this series)
The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas (I plan to pick up #2 and #3 half way through the summer 'cuz I think I'll like these)
Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes (someone told me it isn't age-approriate for our library...)
Only May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm
Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy
Sabatotaged by Margaret Peterson Haddix (just to finish this series up)

I also have to read Swindle by Gordon Korman this summer for a reading committee and I have books to read for Iowa Children's Choice nominations.  Egads.  Can it be done?

Which one most interests you on my list?

I spent many of my summers with my grandmother, Lavera, while I was growing
up and she always told me only a fool gets bored!  I'm no fool, Grandma!


bermudaonion said...

I've actually read Countdown and Turtle in Paradise and I loved them both!

Shelley said...

I loved Countdown! Enjoy!

Unknown said...

Ooooh, Countdown was such an unexpected treat for me! I know the basic storyline, but didn't expect to enjoy it nearly as much as I did. Happy reading!

Sarah said...

Countdown was my Newbery vote this year. Also A Drowned Maiden's Hair is one of my favorite books ever.

NatalieSap said...

I've picked up A Drowned Maiden's Hair countless times while browsing my shelves but have never gotten around to reading it. "Maybe next time" is its song - maybe you'll inspire me to finally read it!