I was on vacation from July 2nd until July 17th. My family and I went to New Hampshire first to visit good friends of ours. We stayed with them for eight days and had a wonderful time! We don't get to see each other very often and it is a whole lot of fun when we do!! During this time I was reading more grown-up books because I downloaded them to my e-reader. I don't like downloading kid books because many times, what I purchase becomes a part of my school library collection. Some of the grown-up books I read were: Red Velvet Revenge by Jenn McKinlay, Grace Among Thieves by Julie Hyzy, Afraid to Die by Lisa Jackson, The Busy Woman's Guide to Murder by Mary Jane Maffini, and Slightly Irregular by Rhonda Pollero. (If you can't tell, I LOVE mysteries!!) I highly recommend each and everyone of these books and the series that they belong to.
While I was on vacation Babymouse for President by Jennifer and Matt Holm was published, so I had to get my hands on it! I was not disappointed at all by this book. I loved it! Can't wait to share it with my students next school year! I also picked up One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. I had been hearing all the chatter on Twitter about it, so I had to buy it too. I was blown away how powerful and emotionally invested I became in this book! I needed quite a few tissues during this book, especially at the end. If you haven't read this book, run don't walk to the library and check it out!!
When I got back from vacation I had to reread Wonder by R.J. Palacio for the Twitter Book Club talk. Once again this book brought me to tears. But I just loved rereading it. I also had gotten from Mr. Schu, a copy of Capture the Flag by Kate Messner. I was only going to read a few chapters and then begin to unpack from my trip. Well I couldn't put the book down until I was finished with it. It was a mystery and I just love mysteries. I've got quite a few kids in mind who will love this book!
Up next for me is to get back reading for my Goodreads Challenge and for Round 2 of the #Summerthrowdown. I am just waiting for my wonderful League of Librarians t-shirt, designed by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. I think the next chapter book on my plate is Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead. Once again, I've heard great things about this book on Twitter. I haven't been disappointed yet by the recommendations I've gotten from Twitter, so I have high hopes!