Book Snap #18:

Title: 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.

Book Snap #16:

Title: Everybody’s Son Author: Thrity Umrigar

Date Read: July 9, 2018.
One Snap.
Another tough look at race and privilege. A good story, but lacks the emotional rigour of the last read.

Book Snap #15:

Title: Small Great Things

Author: Jodi Picoult

Date Read: July 6, 2018.
Two Snaps.
I had mostly written Jodi Picoult off, but I am so glad my neighbour loaned me this one, and that I had an open mind. I loved it. An absolutely compelling story about race and prejudice. Picoult did not back down, and you will love her for it.

Book Snap #14:

Title: Sharp Objects                              Author: Gillian Flynn

Date Read: July 1, 2018.
Two Snaps.
Because I totally loved Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, I was compelled to buy this next novel. This was so good! An amazing read. Going to say, it’s likely better than what HBO will come out with… but I am always a book over movie/TV adaptation person.

Book Snap #13:

Title: The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window in to Human Nature

Author: Steven Pinker

Date Read: June 29, 2018
Two Snaps.
This was a bit of work. In it, Pinker takes on scientific questions- how language affects thought, as well as questions from headlines and everyday life. All the while contemplating how our mind works by examining the way we use words. It only took me six months to slowly work through it, Dawn Gordon, but I am glad I read it! I am mostly snapping two fingers because of the mental work that was required…

Book Snap #12:

Title: The Lines We Cross

Author: Randa Abdel-Fattah

Date Read: June 23, 2018
Two Snaps.
Another amazing YA read. An excellent look at how hate and fear destroy lives mixed with a more hopeful message of tolerance and love.

Book Snap #11:

Title: Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined

Author: Danielle Younge-Ullman

Date Read: May 20, 2018.
Two Snaps.
Another lovely book, thoroughly enjoyed. Can’t wait to bring it to school to loan to a reader!



Book Snap #10:

Title: Difficult Women Author: Roxane Gay

Date Read: May 14, 2018.
Two Snaps.
Deep, powerful writing about complex, riveting female characters. Roxane Gay’s non fiction writing is powerful and academic– her fiction is compelling and rich.

Book Snap #9:

Title: Britt-Marie Was Here Author: Fredrik Backman

Date Read: April 2, 2018.
Two Snaps.
Third I’ve read by this author. He does not disappoint. Great story about second chances.

If you are reading his books in order: readers will remember Britt-Marie as the “nag-bag” from My Grandmother Sends Her Regrets and Apologies. I did not read them in order.


Book Snap #8:

Title: Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows Author: Balli Kaur Jaswal

Date Read: April 2, 2018.
Two Snaps.
Couldn’t wait for my book club to discuss this one! An irreverent look at: age, sexuality, feminism and religion. A great read.