It's Monday January 6th

A new year has begun - new goals have been chosen. 

So far, I'm keeping my 300 book goal for Goodreads. I may bump it down a bit. I don't want to read frantically - and I did get rather frantic toward the end of last year. I want to relish my choices. The best part of my goal was that it encouraged me to read more picture books. That was a benefit to my students, as I incorporated a lot of new picture books into our lessons along the way. So... maybe I'll keep it at 300?

Don't forget to visit Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for other great weekly wrap up posts. 

My first 

Can't believe it took me so long to read this fabulous middle grade mystery. We'll be Skyping with Kristen later this month.

Bought for Younger. It was fun.. kids will love the yuck factor.

Wow! This fantasy was really great! So glad I carved out the time for Jinx.

A gift from my students at school. They know me well!

It's been a hopping week on my blog. Check out some of my recent posts...

The "Bookish March Madness" fun has begun. Read about how we selected our field of contenders earlier this year to give the students more time to read, and to persuade one another about their personal favorites. 

I spent some time last week reflecting on my favorites from 2013

Middle Grade
Young Adult
Blogging Reflections

I also spent time weeding out my TBR shelf and selecting my 30(ish) #MustReadin2014 choices. Hit my post for my choices, and visit There's a Book for That to see who else has joined in the fun!

I'm a second group judge for the Cybils Graphic Novel awards committee, so I'm working my way through the finalists that I haven't yet read. I'm also spending some reread time with those I HAVE read. I have no problem telling you which graphic novels I've enjoyed - but what makes one exemplary? Come share your thoughts with me here.


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