Libba Bray, Live, on



Great news for Libba Bray fans!  On April 28th Libba Bray will be hosting a virtual event on, in promotion for the paperback release of The Sweet Far Thing (The Gemma Doyle Trilogy).  Libba will be doing a reading of TThe Sweet Far Thing  and chatting with other avatars from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, April 28th.

I love, love, love the Gemma Doyle trilogy.  A few of my students are now reading A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels. They are eating them up and loving Gemma.  Gemma is a fantastic heroine and I’m thrilled my students are getting to know her. 

Slice of Life #20


I love reading. If you told me I could do absolutely anything I want for an entire day, I would choose reading. I love sitting on my couch, with its chaise lounge, stretching out with a good book.

I have spent the majority of today reading the conclusion to my favorite trilogy, The Sweet Far Thing (The Gemma Doyle Trilogy), by Libba Bray. Hours have flown by as I have delved deeper into this almost-800 page tome. I have had it on my nightstand for over a month, but I held off on reading it until spring break, when I knew I would be able to give it the attention it deserved. How right I was! I have been pulled into Gemma’s world and am almost done with the book.

Granted, I haven’t left my house yet today. But who needs to leave when you have a good book?

Books I Want to Read

Hmmm, a few new books and series have piqued my interest and I want to pick them up.

For myself, I am dying to read Life As We Knew It. I am assuming it will fit into my classroom library, but I admit to just wanting to read it for my own pleasure. Of course, none of the local bookstores have any copies. Another book that I can’t find anywhere (without ordering it) is Leepike Ridge. The first line is absolutely magical: “In the history of the world there have been lots of onces and lots of times, and every time has had a once upon it.” How can you not want to read that?? Last of all, completely for myself, I must must must get my hands on a copy of Libba Bray’s The Sweet Far Thing. I am dying to find out what happens to Gemma, Fee, Pippa, and Ann!

Now, recently I stumbled upon a series online that I think would fit in well in my classroom, especially for my reluctant boy readers who are attracted to interesting (read: gross) non-fiction. The series is from Scholastic and is called “You Wouldn’t Want to Be….”. It covers all the grossest parts of world history. I can’t find any copies around here, and I am hesitant to buy a copy without physically seeing one and holding it first. However, I may break down and buy You Wouldn’t Want to Be an Aztec Sacrifice! (You Wouldn’t Want To¿) just because it will be perfect to read before I head to Mexico in February. I have been looking for books to use to introduce Michoacan and my journey, and this sounds perfect for researching the Aztecs in that area! Has anyone seen this series or read any of the books? Any recommendations?

Last Minute Shopping

I was silly enough to venture to the mall yesterday to pick up a last-minute gift that my mother needed. Needless to say, I have sworn off the mall until after Christmas now! However, I know there are still people out there who have some more gifts to buy. If you are still looking for a gift for a teacher, bookworm, teen, or just that person who has EVERYTHING, may I suggest a gift certificate from I know I have put this on my list anytime I have been asked what I want for Christmas. Everytime I look at my 15-page Amazon wishlist, I know I can never afford all those books on my own, so I look for gift certificates every chance I get. So for those of you who still have some shopping to do, get a gift certificate!

While at the mall yesterday, I managed to walk around the bookstore with Libba Bray’s Rebel Angels and Anna Godberson’s The Luxe for about 20 minutes. I really, really wanted to buy both of them but shouldn’t be spending the money right now. After wandering the entire store and stopping to read the first few pages of The Luxe (which I loved!), I managed to convince myself to leave them at the bookstore until after Christmas. Hopefully, I can spend some gift card money then and not my own! Eh, who am I kidding? I will definitely buy them, regardless. I just promised not to buy any gifts for myself until after the holidays. 🙂

Speaking of Libba Bray, I bought A Great and Terrible Beauty months ago. I read the first 100 pages or so, and just couldn’t get into it. I put it aside to read something else and never looked back. Last week I decided to give it another try after seeing blog after blog mentioning the forthcoming release of the third book in the series, The Sweet Far Thing. I picked it up on Monday and….well, I loved it! I couldn’t put the book down this time and need to read the rest of the series as soon as humanly possible. I also shared this story with my class, to show them that sometimes a book just isn’t right for us. However, when we abandon a book it doesn’t mean it won’t be right for us at a later time. It was a great lesson for my class and me!