Phew! I took off a few days to get my head together, celebrate the holidays, and just relax. I’ve been reading and writing, and you can expect reviews and posts starting tonight! It felt good to step away from the blog for a bit and just read for fun. I’ve spent the last few months frantically reading for the Cybils middle grade panel, and I love it, but that meant pushing lots of other books to the side. This winter vacation has been a welcome respite from school and reading responsibilities. And now that our panel has come up with our shortlist, I can read any book I want- guilt free!
Announcing the Second Annual Book Blogger Appreciation Week
September 14-18, 2009
I wanted to let you know about the announcement of this year’s Book Blogger Appreciation Week! Somehow, I missed out on the celebration last year, but I promised myself I wouldn’t make that mistake again.
This year, the celebration will be held September 14th through the 18th. If you are a book blogger and want to register, you can do that on the website below:
Tomorrow they will be starting nominations for this year’s book blogger awards.
Are you a book blogger? Be sure to register by filling out the registration form! Registering ensures your inclusion in the BBAW 09 Database of Book Bloggers and enters you into the drawing for the BBAW 09 Grand Prize!
It’s that crazy time of year, when I am wrapping up the 4th marking period, finishing up 7th grade placement recommendations, and this year packing my room ( I move to a new classroom in the fall). Oh, and continue teaching my room full of 6th graders, despite the boxes lining the perimeter of my room. Needless to say, it’s a little crazy!
But in two weeks, school will be over and this little guy will be coming to live with my fiance and me. :) Meet Dublin!
I think I am dragging out my experience with Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games). I don’t want it to end! It’s fantastic and awesome and I am afraid that when I finish it, I will be stuck until the third book comes out!
The book is AMAZING.
I’m still here…it’s been a hectic weekend, to say the least. My grandmother ended up in the hospital and will be getting a hip replacement (hopefully) sometime tomorrow. Needless to say, I’m a nervous wreck. I know she’s stronger than me and will be beyond thrilled to finally be able to walk and get around without pain, but it doesn’t stop me form worrying. I’ll have my cell phone out on my desk all day tomorrow.
After visiting with my grandmother at the hospital this morning, I drove home to meet up with Chris. We joined two of my friends from school and drove into the city for a taping of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. We got to see a performance by the Beastie Boys, who were amazing but looked so old! And more exciting? We saw David Cook perform two songs! It was amazing to be in that small studio and to have David Cook right in front of us. And man, can that man sing! Plus, we got Magnolia Cupcakes afterward and got to take pictures with Jimmy Fallon and David Cook. Well worth the trip and a great distraction.
I didn’t get all the reading done that I wanted to this weekend, but I’m planning to read a lot this week. I’ll need to take my mind off everything else going on. Thank goodness for reading.
Totally not kidlit related, but at least school related- I love GLEE. It is without a doubt, my new favorite show!
The combination of the school setting, show choir, amazing Broadway performers, and the send-up of the high school caste system is awesome. I just can’t believe I have to wait until fall to watch more! I foresee watching the pilot over and over on the Fox website this summer. :)
It’s just a little early…
I had an awesome day at Ag Field Day, a part of Rutgers Day here in NJ. Spent the day with my fiance, my best friend, and her 3 month old daughter. Other than the extreme heat (it hit 90 degrees!), it was a wonderful day!
I didn’t get much reading done, but I did have a wonderful day!
Tomorrow it is back to school, after a wonderful spring break. Only 2.5 months of school left- summer break here we come!
I am looking forward to jumping back into our poetry unit, telling my students about my coffee date with Kathi Appelt, and continuing our Holocaust read-aloud and book clubs. That alarm is going to sound awfully loud, awfully early tomorrow! It’s always a jolt when you spend a week and a half relaxing. But back to the grind we must go.