Sunday, January 16, 2011

Book Challenge: Week Two

I managed to do a lot of reading considering I had parent/teacher conferences to prepare for!

I managed to finish  In the Company of Vampires: A Dark Ones Novel.  Apparently it is a sequel to an earlier story.  I'm a little miffed because I thought I had read all of KM's work!  It is a fun, light read.  If you like humorous vampire books, then definitely check out the Dark Ones Series by Katie Macalister.  From the ending of this book, it looks like Ben and Francesca's adventures are just beginning!

Another fast read was 21 Projects Guaranteed to Keep Your Kids Occupied This Weekend.  I can't give you a link for this one because it looks as though Amazon doesn't carry it, only  as a nookbook!  It is a collection of projects from Instructables.  It is pretty neat because each project reads like a webpage.  If you are in a WiFi hotspot you can click on the links to get to videos about the projects or other details.  Each project ends with a collection of other projects you might be interested in.  Yes, you could go to the website and get this info for free, but as I am still new to using my nook I appreciate all the help I can get when it comes to browsing the web with it!  Plus, it was only $0.99.  Turtle is still a little young for these projects, but a few I may be able to adapt for the classroom.

Finally, I learned that one of my fave authors Katie Fforde has a new book out.  I haven't picked it up yet, but while I was checking up on it I stumbled upon a title  recommended by Katie Fforde -A Winter's Tale by Trisha Ashley.  Ever dreamed of unexpectedly inheriting a stately manor home?  That's exactly what happens in this story.  Sophy grows up at Winter's End, but at a young age she is whisked away to lead a nomadic, hippie lifestyle with her single mom.  All grown up and a mother herself, Sophy learns she is the new owner of her childhood home.  Sophy returns and is immediately immersed in the responsibility of caring (and paying for) a stately home that is falling apart as well as an entire crew of people dependent on the crumbling estate.  Not only is there a potential love interest for Sophy, but ghosts and Shakespeare also play a role in this tale!  I felt it a little slow moving, but the story itself is charming and a perfect read on a cold winters' day.

I'm still trying to work my way through The Montessori Method: Centennial Edition and Tools of the Mind: The Vygotskian Approach to Early Childhood Education (2nd Edition) to support my professional growth as a teacher.  Never fear, I've also got my nose well into A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table.

What have you been reading?

In the Company of Vampires: A Dark Ones Novel   A Winter's Tale


  1. go C-Joy! I just finished a book before I got home from work, and passed it on to a co-worker. Now I can dig into everything else at home.

  2. Thanks for the heads up about 'instructables' and the 'nookbooks'. I didn't know you could get interesting books for ebook readers! My husband's Kindle only contains dreary, American or Indian novels with no plot! LOL


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