Before I Let you Go
Author: Kelly Rimmer
Date read: September 11, 2018.
The love of two sisters is stretched to its ultimate breaking point. I have a brother, perhaps I didn’t connect, or the author didn’t quite take me there. I liked, but didn’t love.
This Is Not A Love Letter
Author: Kim Purcell
Date read: September 5, 2018.
A long, beautiful, heart-breaking love letter… an amazing YA novel. One I book-talked with my young readers.
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly
Author: Stephanie Oakes
Date read: August 29, 2018.
Amazing YA novel! Two very loud snaps! I was riveted to this story. My students also loved it. A painful and harrowing story about the dangers of blind faith—and the power of having faith in yourself.
Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures
Author: Vincent Lam
Date read: August 19, 2018.
Another compelling story. Written by a physician– an interesting slant on the medical profession.
In A Dark, Dark Wood
Author: Ruth Ware
Date read: August 10, 2018.
Predictable and contrived. Meh.
Author: Tara Westover
Date read: July 24, 2018.
I was held captive by this memoir. It arrived from Amazon in the mail, I literally read it all day. Utterly fascinating. Unbelievable!
All the Ever Afters
Author: Danielle Teller
Date read: August 1, 2018.
An interesting tale retold from an alternative perspective.
Sh*t Show! Author: Charlie LeDuff
Date Read: July 18, 2018
Tough-talking, in-the-trenches reporter, Charlie LeDuff, writes an irreverent but compelling analysis of Trump’s improbable success. Great read! Thanks, Matt Savage, for the loan!
Amsterdam Author: Ian McEwan
Date Read: July 9, 2018.
One Snap. I wanted to like it. Maybe, but not really. I sort of cared about the characters, but I found them hard to relate to.
180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents
Author: Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle
Date Read: July 16, 2018.
Two Snaps. The rock stars of English Language Arts teaching bring it in spades. This professional read had me very excited about planning for next year’s teaching! I was excited to discuss it with my English team this year too! A constant companion throughout the year as I reflected on good teaching and thoughtful planning.