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a quote from my favorite author

“The most solid advice, though, for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”

-William Saroyan, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze

Sunday, March 4, 2012

My Books Are Calling to Me

JOIN THE SLICE OF LIFE CHALLENGE
Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick
The Final Four by Paul Volponi

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral

Blood on My Hands by Todd Strasser
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

21 comments:

  1. What a cool post--and new books for my list! Yea

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  2. I feel like this right now too! Except that it is a stack of teaching books that are yelling out to me. Writer's Workshop: Teaching the hard parts (and they're all hard parts) by Katie Wood Ray, Growing Readers by Kathy Collins, About the Authors by Katie Wood Ray and Lisa Cleveland, or revisiting a favorite, Talking, Drawing, Writing by Martha Horn and Mary Ellen Giacobbe - how is one to choose? Good luck with your choice!

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  3. How clever you are, Christy. I love this as a creative way to give a little shout out for the books. My older students loved Sonnenblick and Strasser-real teen pleasers. I'm reading Wonder now, no 'wonder' you find it calling with all the talk. It is terrific! Happy reading!

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  4. Love the voice each book used and the format to display the thoughts. So incredibly fun and engaging! I could see using the thought bubbles for my students to write their book reviews.

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  5. Witty. I can actually picture you sitting on a floor with the books around you and as you are ready to make a decision they try to change your mind. I'd be curious to find out which one persuaded you the best.

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  6. Yes! This is wonderful, and completely captures the pain of choosing the next book off of my amazing TBR shelves. Thank you for posting!

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  7. I love how you set this blog post up! I'm at that same place right now. I just finished a great book (Sing you Home by Jodi Picoult) and I'm not sure what to start next. I'm very tempted to go out and buy Wonder, since I keep reading about it.
    I need to decide soon!

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  8. You are so clever. There is such truth that books seem to be talking to us when we have a pile to choose from and so many that seem to continute to talk to us after we finish. Great post!

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  9. A librarian needs to see this post. Students could even help write them. Thanks for sharing your creativity. I also wanted to meet you since I just read Ruth's post for today. I've known Ruth for over 10 years now, so I knew your blog had to be special like her.

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  10. Like all the comments before I love this post! I just finished The Book Thief and am about to start Wonder. Good luck on the decision to both you and your students!

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  11. Sonnenblick can do no wrong, Neither can Strasser....I just finished "Wonder" - just amazing!

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  12. What a fun way to showcase the books in your stack. I loved the voice in this slice. I haven't read any of these books, so they're going on my TBR list. Thanks for the recs and the great slice.

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  13. What a fun post! I never cease to be amazed by all of the creativity of slicers. I loved this post, not only because it is unique, but because I could instantly relate. Choosing which book to read next is so hard with so many books to choose from!

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  14. nice -- love the talking books
    Kevin

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  15. I love this! It would be a lot of fun for students to do!

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  16. Christy, this is great! You are so creative and clever. Now, which one did you pick?

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  17. I will not log back onto Amazon today...I will not log back on to Amazon today...I will not log back on to Amazon today.... :)

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  18. This is so me! All the book blogs I read (including yours) call me and pull me in all different directions. I keep thinking to myself one at a time, but lets be real, it is always at least three. I can't resist.

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  19. Creative, my friend, creative! I love this structure. An idea for presenting books at Summer Institute.
    MaryHelen

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  20. Very creative. Do they grab you too? :)

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  21. I love this post. Your voice is so fun?

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