Monday, July 17, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This meme was started by Sheila at Book Journey. The kid's version was started by Jen at Teach Mentor Text and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers.

It feel so strange to be blogging again. I have really let this slide, but something had to give and this was it. I have been feeling terribly guilty about not blogging and have avoid reading most blogs that I do follow so I didn't add to the guilt. There is also a lot of changes coming to my job this next year, which we were told at the end of the school year. So I'm trying to plan for a new normal. I took a great vacation with my parents to celebrate their upcoming 50th wedding anniversary to Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. On this vacation I took time to do a lot of quiet reflection on life, school, and everything in between (without doing any actual "work"). Sometimes I think that I have placed too much pressure on myself to do everything and I find myself doing nothing. So I taking this time as redo on my "New Year". I have been actually doing some reading, which I had stopped doing and I'm starting to blog again with this post. My goal is to work up to twice a week, but for now I will be happy posting every Monday!

Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn HiltonI have read two really great historical fiction books. The first was Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. There is so much to like about this book that is written in verse. This book was set in the late 1960's when there was a lot going on that our students have never experienced. For example, when girls could only take home economics and boys could only take shop. The main character, Mimi, is a African American Japanese girl, who moves from a progressive California to a not as progressive Vermont. The racial experiences that Mimi deals with are written appropriately for the middle grade audience. I loved how Mimi is very enthusiastic about science, especially space. It is great to see a female character interested in science. I will admit, that going into this book I wasn't sure I was going to like it. But the more I read, the more I couldn't stop reading. This book is a MD Black-Eyed Susan (state book award) nominated book for the 2017-18 school year. I can't wait to book talk this book for my students next year.

32614258The second historical fiction book I have read was Walking with Miss Millie by Tamara Bundy. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. From the first chapter, this book drew me in and didn't let me go. I started reading this book the night before I left on my 16 day vacation. I got to page 146 before I had to leave for the airport. Since I was already packed, I couldn't bring it along with me. And I had received my copy from Penguin Young Readers, so that meant that it wasn't published yet and I couldn't even buy an electronic copy! I thought about this book every day while I was on vacation. It had a hold on me and wasn't going to let go until I finished it. My first night back, after I unpacked and started on my laundry, I had to finish it. I wish we could all have a Miss Millie in our lives to offer those little nuggets of advice when we truly need it. This book tackles a lot in it pages: moving, absentee father, deaf brother, Alzheimer's, racism, and death. But even with all these heavy issues to deal with there is a lightness about this book. There is one quote from Miss Millie that stuck with me, especially given the beginning of this post, "I learned it's okay to get mad. It's okay to get sad, but after all that gettin' mad and sad, ya gotta get smart. Ya gotta take a step back, away from all your hurtin', and figure out what ya can change and what ya can't." I've typed this up to put on my desk at school, so that I can remember this wonderful piece of advice. This book made a very big impact on me and it is one that I won't ever forget!

What great books have I missed since March?

Happy Reading!!

Stacey (@libraryjo92)


  1. Hi Stacey, Walking with Miss Millie is so beautiful. I echo your thoughts and feelings. I never did get around to reading Cicada Moon even though it was on our state award list. So many books....

  2. Both books sound really interesting. I do not read as much historical fiction as I do other genres. Thanks for highlighting these.

  3. Oh, both sound good. Historical fic is where I get my realism. I rarely pick up realistic unless forced. Historical with mystery is even better but if there are "nuggets of advice" that make you stop and jot down words (and get a little bit jealous of authors and wish you could string together words) then hey. So much the better.

    I totally get the behind on blogging and even reading thing. I. Totally. Get. It.

  4. Your intro definitely resonated with me since I too get overwhelmed with things I want/need to do THAT I end up doing nothing. I hope you find a new normal that accommodates everything you love doing!

  5. Your intro definitely resonated with me since I too get overwhelmed with things I want/need to do that I end up doing nothing. I hope you find a new normal that accommodates everything you love to do!

  6. I liked Full Cicada Moon, but wished it hadn't been in verse so there would have been more details about the time period. Miss Millie was okay, but I wished the main character hadn't been a white girl in the south. There are so many books like that. There do need to be a lot more books set during the 1960s, though!

  7. Welcome back to blogging and reading! I missed a month of blogging for similar reasons - busy, busy, busy! I really enjoyed Cicada Moon and Miss Millie is on my list to read!

  8. Wow! I really need to find a copy of Walking with Miss Millie. Luckily, my library has it on order. Thanks for the heads up.