it actually took me a whole week to read one book…

“the age of football” – long – good – but long – fascinating tie-in about soccer and politics in countries around the world – really enjoyed it

“the ultimate redsox trivia machine book” – enjoyable – although, i knew the history – it wasn’t really trivia

“america’s trailblazing middle linebacker” – hagiography on linebacker for the chiefs in the 1970s – but a guy i didn’t know – a team i didn’t know – lots of books are based on major media markets – so that was a nice twist


october’s bringing heat…

“wild bird” – great book – we got a tweet from the author – she wrote “Flipped” – so i had to look up what she’d done recently – this one was great – and from the county library – highly recommendable

“the years that matter the most” – outstanding book on colleges – and what we do to prepare kids to excel there – lots of takeaways from the book – especially on how rural schools can prepare kids for ivies – that said, the book is pessimistic about how the influence of money pervades college acceptance

“mobituaries” – enjoyed this book a lot – passed it along to my mom


The start of the great fall…

“Full Count” – baseball biography – my reward for going to watch the xc kids – I was able to raid the North Shelby library of a new book – they don’t lend them when they’re new – so that was nice

“November Project” – got me excited about Boston – also got me excited about some PE activities that could get kids active – and things I could do in the classroom – enjoyed this book more than I thought I would

“Lee Roy Jordan” – biography – story of his Alabama and Cowboy days – good book for talking to my dad about

“Because Internet” – meh, sort of disappointing – heard the author on a podcast – the disappointment is mostly on me b/c i am definitely on the outs with the net – but it was interesting – definitely


blasting through my ms. blount books…

so shout out to my fantastic librarian for supplying me with two of these:)

“beneath the citadel” – the cool part of this book was that the author lives in birmingham – interesting dystopian YA – not predictable at all – not sure if we’d put in in our library – but i enjoyed reading it

“we are lost and found” – another Ms. Blount donation to me – was a lot like “Rent” the musical – i really liked this book – again, not a book we’d put in the middle school library – but 1980s NYC – i enjoyed the book

“castor” – another ms. blount donation – another not for middle school – but okay

“Gods of Wood and Stone” – loved this one – from the library – the county library – former sports writer – story about middle aged men finding themselves – lots of Cooperstown stuff in there – so i’m a sucker for that:)

‘Tis the season for pumpkin spice book reviews…

“Mind and Matter” – great book by a former NFL lineman, John Urschel – I enjoyed the math chapters even more than the football – which was suprising

“Dear Evan Hansen” – great book – goes well with the Broadway play – and good story about atonement

“Volume Control” – book on hearing – and what we’re doing to help

“What is a Girl Worth?” sad book on the Michigan State problems from the past few years – sadder still, was the lack of church support the lady had

“Building a Better Runner” – every time I think I’ve read every book on running, another book comes along and surprises me – so that’s cool

“Disney’s Land” – needed this book prior to my trip in Anaheim – still, really enjoyed it – a great read


Busy start to the school year…

“Fugly” – read b/c I needed a book – so it fit that bill – ticked me off though b/c the narrator was really whiny

“Alabama’s Public Pension Fund Growth and Economic Expansion since 1973” – book about RSA – interesting – at times – very academic-ish – surprised two copies ended up in the Alabaster library

“Crayola Team Colors” – fun book – could be adapted to any situation and be a fun idea for a future book project

“Roseblood” – Phantom of the Opera fan fic – not a fan of the book though:)

“How Much is a Girl Worth?” Heartbreaking book – very recommendable – but incredibly sad – just a reminder of the challenges women face in this world – a great story of bravery from Denhollander

“The Broken Road” – another great book – another sad book – Peggy Wallace Kennedy – George Wallace’s daughter – good book about how you reconcile the legacy of a father when he isn’t known as a “great” man – she was very honest in the book – I truly couldn’t put it down

One last post before school starts

“edison” – interesting book – outside of the subject area – the biography of edison’s life – the book went in reverse chronological order – which is really unique – and aggravating, at times:)

“goodbye homeboy” – great book to read right before school started again – biography of a business guy who taught in NYC for most of the 1980s – enjoyed this one

“five” – off the recommendation of a friend – the five victims of jack the ripper – good book about victorian era England and it’s woes – and makes you wonder how things have changed/not changed since in the way we treat women


what i read after i go break tech stuff at school…

“Robert’s Rules of Order” – starting my national FCCLA prep – started a 300 question test after this one – which was a bit like – and very much not like – the book – still did okay though

“The Everything Robert’s Rules of Order” – so this book is 3x the length of the original – which is funny – this one helped a bit – definitely better than not reading it

“the incredible teenage brain” – learned a lot from this one – very science based – and good takeaways for the classroom

“range” – good book – had a teacher ask if she should read the teenage brain book – and honestly, i learned more for the classroom from range – it’s not an education book, but there was a great chapter in the book that all should read

“the hermit king” – book on north korea’s leader – good book – although, it doesn’t seem like North Korea’s end is going to be a good one – or a smooth one for the rest of the world

“names heard long ago” – fascinating book on the influence of Hungary in the development of soccer/football – and a sad book as many of the men died in WWII concentration camps


Hot and Humid Reads

“John Cangelosi” – ballplayer when I grew up – underdog story – good for kids

“Bending Toward Justice” Doug Jones – great book – very good – the Carry Me Home book is the standard – but for a politician:) he did a wonderful job

“Lenny’s Book of Everything” – in the YA section – needed something to read

“Truth Worth Telling” – Scott Pelley – CBS News anchor – really enjoyed the book – kept me company in California

I’m Going to disneyland!!!

second time – and I probably would’ve titled the blog about it the same way 20 years ago:)

“Fabulous Monsters” – book on fascinating characters throughout Literature – there was a summer book shout out (Treasure Island) – so that was cool

“Furious Hours” – great book – all about Harper Lee’s tie to Alex City – really recommendable

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Other Voices, Other Rooms” – Truman Capote’s work – I had never read anything of his – although, Tiffany’s felt familiar at times – enjoyed read it – he was a wonderful writer

“Wink, Poppy, Midnight” – this is what happens when it’s the start of a weekend and you need a book and you spend forever staring at the YA titles in the library and you finally go with the cover you like – you pay a steep, steep price:)

“Let Your Mind Run” – book by ’04 marathon medalist, Deena Kastor – loved the book

“Fifth Avenue: 5 am” – book about how Breakfast at Tiffany’s became a movie – it’s a classic movie – that I still have yet to see – but I found the backstory amazing – starting with the fact that the movie is nothing like the book:)

“Fairy Tales for Fearless Girls” – trying to keep in shape for our fairy tales this year

“No Ivy League” – YA graphic novel that’s non-fiction – based on the author’s summer work 10 years ago

“Between Heaven and the Real World” – SCC book – second time to read it – enjoyed it – and learned a bit something new the second go-round

“One Person, No Vote” – YA adaptation – lots in there about Alabama – although, I doubt anyone would be proud of it:)


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