Sunday, January 4, 2015

Book Smiles From 2014

smile bookSince I wasn't blogging much from September through December I missed talking about some really great books and ones that were #booksmiles for me.  One of the things that I realized I also wasn't keeping up with was recording all of my reading in Goodreads. I have to do this in 2015 because I didn't achieve my goal for 2014, according to Goodreads. But I keep coming across books that I forgot to enter, so I think I made my goal. That is why I kept my goal the same for this year.  Here are three that I wanted to write about, but just couldn't during those months.

22509955The first book is The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. This book was a lot of fun. The main character Miles, moves to a new town which does not make him very happy. He has been known as a prankster, but he comes to find out there is already one in his new town. There is enough hi-jinks to grab even a reluctant reader. I've got a few in mind to give this book to when it is published in January 2015. Also I learned a lot about cows in this book! Make sure you give this one a read, I don't think that you will be disappointed!

22333808Every since I went to Alaska for a family vacation, and no it was not a cruise, I have loved puffins. So of course when I saw the book The Angry Little Puffin by Timothy Young I had to read it. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. The puffin in this story is very upset when everyone confuses him with a penguin. He is tired of explaining the difference over and over again. I love how this story is a great story on its own, but it also teaches a lesson about being alone and how to get over being angry. Don't miss out on this one!

20578966Kirby Larson has become my go to author for good historical fiction. Until I started reading her books and a few others, I was not a fan of historical fiction at all! It was an section that I had a huge book gap. Lawson's book Dash is a wonderful historical fiction story! Click here for a summary on Goodreads.  Mitsi, a Japanese American, has her life uprooted after the attack on Pearl Harbor. She with her family, but separated from her dog Dash. I couldn't wait to share this book with one of my students who I had in mind when I was reading it. I had a bit of a hard sell because she is a horse book kind of girl. But two days after starting this book she came to me and told me she loved it and asked if I had any more dog books like this one. Luckily I had Kirby Larson's Duke read for her. Make sure if you haven't read this one, you pick up a copy.

Happy Reading!!

Stacey (@libraryjo92)


  1. After reading another blog tonight and discovering that the sequel to How to Outrun a Crocodile is out, I've decided to put this one to the top of my to read pile. What age group do you think The Terrible Two is best for?

  2. How to Outrun an Crocodile is really great! I've read the sequel and I think it is just as good, if not better! I think The Terrible Two would be good for 4th and 5th grade, but I have some 3rd graders who I know could handle the book. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Yay! I need to update my #booksmiles list too. My blogging has been next to none since July. You just energized me to get going! :)

  4. I'm glad I energized you! My blogging took a back seat to all my other responsibilities, much to my disappointment. I feel much happier when I do. I had to make myself a sticker chart to get me back in the routine!