The first book I finished was Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Our host, The Armchair Squid, has a wonderful teaching partner that I have come to consider a friend over the past year. He gave my son a copy of the book for his birthday back in July. My son tried but couldn't get into it right away. I made some head way over the summer. Once the new school year started, I was really pushed to finish it when I discovered several of my new student's were really into it. I'm glad I went back. I'm getting a LOT of pressure to try the sequels/continuation of the series, but I think I will wait a little bit.
The next book I finished was Heck by Zander Cannon. It was a gift for ME from our host for my birthday back in October. (Click HERE to discover our host's connection to the author!). I will admit I was initially skeptical about diving in. Heck is not my "normal" sort of comic work. I am so glad I dove in.
When I was younger, I attempted to read Dante's Inferno after I was exposed to it via X-Men King Size Annual 4. Cannon entitles a chapter where Heck visits Dante's famous city "Dis Must Be The Place." I love puns!
My teaching partner handles 85% of the ELA work load and asks our students to create book projects when they finish a book. I did my first project this year on Heck! I sketched one of the scenes from a slightly different angle. The kids loved it!
My cousin recently posted a quote that I love. ("Nobody is going to get any points in heaven by slogging their way through a book they aren’t enjoying but think they ought to read.” -Nancy Pearl.) I didn't think I "ought to read" Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan but I really wanted to like it. I like him and my mom was keen to share it with me.
Instead, it joins by Goodreads shelf of "Abandoned Books". It just didn't click for me. I was expecting funnier and it just didn't merit my time. In fact, it stopped my reading resurgence cold!
The idea is simple: on the last Friday of each month, post about the best book you've finished over the past month while visiting other bloggers doing the same. In this way, we'll all have the opportunity to share our thoughts with other enthusiastic readers. Please join us:
|1.||The Armchair Squid||2.||Scouring Monk|
|5.||Wishbone Soup Cures Everything||6.||What's Up, MOCK?!|
|7.||The Writing Sisterhood||8.||A Creative Exercise|