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When we pause to celebrate, we find the joy.
A week filled with moments to celebrate and remember.
For my slice of life on Tuesday, I wrote about my addiction to middle grade books. Today I'm reporting on my progress for #MustReadin2017. Thanks to Carrie Gelson who hosts this group and encourages our progress with periodic reminders to update our lists and keep reading, definitely something worth celebrating. Don't miss the pics of boys with books at the end of this post!
The two titles I completed for #mustreadin2017 are Gertie's Leap to Greatness and The Seventh Wish, #s 6 and 12 from my list of 12 books. The blue font reflects my thoughts when I created the list and the purple font shows my thinking after reading the book.
6. Gertie's Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley and Jillian Tamaki When I heard Gertie compared to Ramona Quimby, I knew this book belonged on my must read list. Finished! I enjoyed this tale of a spunky fifth grader who's on a quest to become the best fifth grader in the universe.
12. The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner - I can't believe I still haven't read this book. The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z, also by Kate Messner, is one of my all-time favorite books. Finished! This is a title that has been on my want to read list for some time, especially after I followed the news when some schools rescinded Kate's author visits because this book dealt with drug addiction. The fish who grants wishes may make you want to tag this book as magical realism, but there's nothing magical about Charlie's sister's struggle with heroin addiction. A much needed book about a difficult issue. (But my favorite Messner book is still The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. It's a perfect fall read aloud for the middle school classroom.)
That leaves me with three remaining titles to read by the end of the year When Friendship Followed Me Home, Flying Lessons and Other Stories, and The Sun is Also a Star. And I think that's totally doable. My favorite reading time is while Jack naps. He rewarded me this past week with his longest nap ever - 2 hours and 15 minutes!
Here are celebratory pics of my favorite boys, already on their way to becoming readers!
My daughter posted this pic of Jack this week:
"Sometimes you just need ALL the books! #raisingareader
And here's Teddy reading
with Aunt Sara during his Seattle visit!
And now I'm off to read the updates of my friends to #mustreadin2017. I promised that as a treat to myself after finishing this post. I'll read with pen in hand while growing my list for #mustreadin2018. Books and bookish friends with book lists are wonderful celebrations!