Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tuesday Slice of Life: My WTR Stack

Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice" 
to the Tuesday Slice of Life (SOL) community.
Thanks to Stacey, Tara, Betsy, Dana, Beth, and Anna
for hosting this meeting place each Tuesday 
                                                      and nurturing our writing lives.
I challenged my after school book club to create their WTR (want to read) stack for summer.  This is my stack of kid books that I want to read before year's end.  I can group the books  into several categories:  older books I've never read (Gaiman, Creech, Wiles) new books by favorite authors (Scattergood, Rundell), novels-in-verse (Spinelli, Nye, Sonnichsen), books recommended by others (Summy, Meloy, Meyer), and an old classic, The Wind in the Willows.  I rarely make a commitment for my reading life, but I am committing to these titles.  I'll be checking in at the end of December to see how I've fared.

I made this my "before year's end" stack because I have other stacks of books I also want to read this summer.  

Book clubs - The Zhivago Affair (I have the audio version) for our July book club dinner with spouses and invited guests, and The Orphan Train for my google chat book club.  I'm also rereading To Kill a Mockingbird in preparation for Harper Lee's new book that our book club is reading in August.

Professional books - Poetry Mentor Texts by Lynne Doorman and Rose Cappelli is currently on the top of that stack.  Who knows what will be there after attending the All Write conference next week?  (Note to self:  set a budget for books.)

Self-help books - Happier at Home and Better Than Before, both by Gretchen Rubin, Eat.Q.:  Unlock the Weight-Loss Power of Emotional Intelligence by Susan Albers, and Lighten Up!  Free Yourself from Clutter by Michell Passoff.

A poetry book:  Words Under the Words by Naomi Shihab Nye

A beautiful-couldn't-resist-title by Clare & Michael Morpurgo:  Where My Wellies Take Me...

Chicken books (you have to love it when books you want to read gravitate to a theme): 
Chicken Boy by Frances O'Roark Dowell
Prairie Evers by Ellen Airgood,
and this new chicken title discovered at Island Books

Inspirational titles:  Let's All Be Brave by Annie F. Downs and Everyday Sacred by Sue Bender

My weekly stack of picture books on reserve, requested from reading fellow bloggers' lists on Mondays


Newly discovered kid titles at the library:

As you can see there is never a dull moment in my book world!  Just so you know, there is no way I will read all these books, especially since I'm not an especially fast reader.  But I do like having lots of options available!  What's popping up in your WTR (want to read) stack for summer?  Is there a particular book from my stacks that you would recommend?  Happy Reading!


  1. There's something so inspirational about seeing other people's book stacks!

    Right now, The Last Leaves Falling is at the top of my WTR stack.

  2. Now that's a lot of books! All the Bright Places is waiting for me at the library. That will be my next read.
    See you soon!

  3. I don't know about "The Turtle of Oman". I'm off to check it out as I've seen turtles in Oman. Thanks!

  4. I love the organization of your book stacks! I am fascinated by all of the chicken books and will have to go find them. I loved Cinder--the entire series burned a swath through my classroom. Great title share, thank you.

  5. I am impressed with your organization, Ramona, love it! You would love to see my book room, and the hall leading to it. I've brought home all my books & plan some kind of sale in July. I really need to say goodbye to many! I'm 'bookmarking' this post so I can return to it. Some of those later stacks are very interesting looking (te he).

  6. You are going to be busy busy busy. Thanks for sharing your book stacks. I love the way you have them categorized.


  7. You are ambitious, Ramona! I have some of the same titles on my list, which I'm planning on writing about next week. Happy reading!

  8. Your book stack pics are awesome! Have fun reading! I'm right there with you. Jennifer Sniadecki

  9. I don't think reading lists ever have an end! I know mine doesn't. See you next week!