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Pumpkin Spice reading…

“Sir Alex” – book about former soccer coach – meh…

“A Thousand Sisters” – really good book about the women who made up Russia’s fighting unit in WWII – untold story I didn’t know much about – good YA read

“Up and Down” – Bubba Watson memoir – good read

“Walking Miracle” – Ryan Shazier – former NFL player – his story about recovering from paralysis

so the start of school has been busy…

“Chasing History” by Carl Bernstein – really good – as a person who grew up loving newspapers – really enjoyed it

“Benedict Society and Prisoner’s Dilemma” by Stewart – the third book – I believe – so this picked me up from where I left off 10 years ago – enjoyed it

“The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict” – really enjoyed this one – thought it was a good contrast to the Hunger Games prequel

“Mysterious Benedict Society and Riddle of Ages” – this was the latest book – little different from the previous ones – it had been a while between books three and four

“The Jesus Music” – Marshall Terrill – enjoyed this book – there’s a movie coming out that the book is based off – growing up with this music, I enjoyed reading about it

“Gifted Guide to Depth and Complexity” – Byrd and Gehert – gifted book to read – enjoyed it – using this material in the classroom

“Letters to a Young Athlete” – Chris Bosh – great book – highly recommended – used a bit of it in class – wish I could get my students to read it

“Loserville” by Trutor – good book on the history of ATL in the 1960s through 1975 – a bit of a policy wonk book – but having visited Auntie and Uncle for years in ATL, this was a good one to read

“All In” Billie Jean King – very much enjoyed this one – lots of takeaways – from what King did in the 1970s to what she fights for today – very interesting read

last bit of july fun…

“The Mysterious Benedict Society” and “The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey” – I read both years and years ago – when they first came out – the first book was still vaguely familiar when I started the Disney series – the second book, I only remembered parts of the ending – but both have been enjoyable reads and I am enjoying the TV series:)

“The New Meaning of Educational Change” – when you love someone, you read the books they are reading for professional development:) in this case, the book was actually pretty good – albeit, the discussion I had wanted to have had to wait five months for the book to arrive on interlibrary loan:)

“The Anthropocene Reviewed” by John Green – good book – I like Green even better when he’s writing non-fiction – b/c I love non-fiction – so this one was really good

“1% Better” – disappointing…

“The Master” by Clarey – book on Roger Federer – really enjoyed this book – was not a traditional biography but covered all of Federer’s major wins – and defeats

“Giannis” – by Fader – really enjoyed this one – his story is unbelievable – where he started – where he is now – NBA champion – I actually ordered a jersey after finishing the book – I’m a fan:)

Happy b’day to mom…

“Developing Assessment-Capable Visible Learners K-12” by Frey, Hattie and Fisher – great book – really got a lot out of it for the classroom for next year

“Genesis Begins Again” by Williams – good read – part of A-Plus curriculum – I could use it in my classroom with no problem

“The Impossible Knife of Memory” – needed a book – can’t go wrong with Laurie Halse Anderson – haven’t read a book of hers that I haven’t loved

“Rusch to Glory” – disappointing biography – got a bit better but I read the wrong review to order it

“Bomber Mafia” – Malcolm Gladwell – disappointing – didn’t see the point in the book – I thought the book was a stretch to say that the firebombing of Japan and Hiroshima were two different ways of looking at bombing

“The Sisterhood” – by Goldman – this was a great book – on the USWNT – I read a book on the team last year by Murray – that book was more of a legal take – this one was more on the ’99 team – great read

“Where Tomorrows Aren’t Promised” by Carlmelo Anthony – great book – enjoyed reading it – just the different educational experiences he had as a highly touted basketball player made the book worthwhile

“The Memory Police” by Ogawa – friend recommended it – definitely good for adult fiction – interesting – well done

ending June with some good books…

“The Ozarkers” by Blevins – good book to prepare me for my trip to Mizzou – except I ended up not going:(

“The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas – good – not a book I’d put in the middle school library, but a good high school YA

“On the Come Up” by Angie Thomas – good – a high school YA – i wasn’t thrilled with the first 100 pages or so, but it picked up and was great later

“Concrete Rose” by Angie Thomas – the most explicit of the three – but I probably liked this one the most – it was a prequel for THUG

“Shoutin’ in the Fire” by Dante Stewart – comes out this fall – is an excellent, excellent book – recommended it when I was in SC book club

“Becoming Elisabeth Elliot” by Vaughn – good book – at the local library – enjoyed reading it

“Hail Mary” by D’Arlangelo and Cretaz – professional football for women – the history of it – lots I didn’t know

“Mister Impossible” by Stiefvater – recommended to me – meh…

“The Baseball 100” by Posnanski – really great book – 843 pages long – which I read in four days b/c I love baseball:)

Summer 2021

Empire of the Air by Lewis – good book – re-issued from 20 years ago – about the early history of radio

“The Future of Us” – a re-read – enjoyed it yet again – very clever book for YA

“Aftermath” by Isler – tough read for a YA audience – good, but a tough read

“The Way of the Father” by Michael W. Smith – really enjoyed this one – and gave me something to talk to my sister about

“Let them Lead” by John U. Bacon – disappointing book about his time as hockey coach – so glad he did everything right (eye roll)

“Dusk Night Dawn” by Lamott – went out of my comfort zone for this one – I’m ready to be back in my comfort zone:)

“Breath” by Nestor – good book – plenty to think about in terms of running – tried to share some of the advice with my students – not sure they listened:)

“Make the Right Call” by Mark Richt – excellent book – enjoyed it – and my cameo in his life at the 2012 SEC Championship game

“Undaunted” by Jackie Speier – great book – really amazing life she’s led – and a very courageous life

one more week left in a rather long year…

“The Code Breaker” by Isaacson – wonderful book – and very relevant to the past year – used part of it in the classroom as a book talk

“Why Longfellow Lied” – really went well with the Paul Revere poem we read in class – comes out in August – enjoyed reading it – would love a class set for the kids

“I am C3PO” – bought this one after none of the local libraries seemed to care to carry it – sigh… good – enjoyable

“I Keep Trying to Catch His Eye” by Maisel – really great book – one of the best I’ve read this year – comes out in October – lots of takeaways

“Think Again” by Adam Grant – filled about four pages of notes in my book on this one – lots of practical takeaways

May(be) I’ll read some books…

“Maybe He Just Likes You” by Dee – CMS book – really good one – tackled consent issues for a middle school audience – and the author liked my tweet about the book:)

“Where the Light Fell” by Yancey – fantastic book – comes out in October – I’d read Yancey before – reading his memoir made me realize that you don’t know someone’s story – even when they are writing non-fiction – tackled issues about the fundamentalist faith

“To Be or Not to Be” by Ryan North – a Choose Your Own Adventure with Hamlet – not as fun as Romeo and Juliet – but I still enjoyed it – clever

“Wit’s End” by Geary – why did we end up with Eve eating an apple in Genesis when apples don’t grow in the Middle East? B/c Jerome’s translation made a pun on Latin for evil (Mal) – that was a cool fact to pick up

“Made for More” by Anderson – so I ended up reading a book on Biblical womanhood – probably not the first one I’ve read – still, a bit out of my zone – but what was cool was that mom called within a week about her Mother’s Day children’s moment – and BOOM! I actually had something to contribute to discussion:)

“A Wild Idea” by Franklin – North Face/Espirit founder – his life – his work – meh…

“Running is a Kind of Dreaming” by Thompson – running and psychology – he made me feel bad running 205 miles – I feel inadequate:)

“How to Train Your Dad” – by Paulsen – cute YA coming soon

“Start Here, Start Now” by Kleinrock – book on addressing racism in the classroom – probably more for California – kudos to the author for tackling a big subject

“That Way Madness Lies” – by Alder – 15 recreations of Shakespeare – not that great – if you mess with a masterpiece, make it better, don’t insert your agenda – sigh…

hidden easter eggs in the books i’ve found…

“Dig” A.S. King – just before Easter, a book that started on Easter Sunday – and with little to nothing to do about Easter – the aggravating part to me was that the parents were portrayed as out of touch and cruel – that the next generation is soooo much smarter – and I get that young people want to believe that – but i think some humility is often in order

“Chasing Excellence” – by Pat Melgares – wonderful book about a running coaching legend – Joe Vigil – really enjoyed that one – and just reminded again of how cool it can be when young kids catch hold of something

“Darius the Great is Not Okay” – didn’t enjoy this one – it struck me as whiny – and having lived through my own isolated teen years, i hate that every book has to be “that special someone who ‘gets’ you is right around the corner…”

Crucial Conversations – Patterson – recommended – or maybe a teacher friend just said she was reading it and I hijacked the book, read it in a day, and then torn it to shreds in the days afterwards – b/c I’m just not a very good friend:)

“The Great Dissenter” – wonderful book about a forgotten Supreme Court justice – the lone dissenter in Plessey v. Ferguson – and of course, as happens in these things, his name came up in another book two weeks afterwards:)

“1962” – Krell – loved this book – about the 1962 baseball season – and the whole year – but I had a wonderful conversation with my dad about the guys who played on the Yankees – my dad was 12 at the time and basically knew the whole lineup – so getting to talk to him was fun

“Winning” by Glover – Jordan’s personal trainer – on what it takes to succeed – basically, you have to be a jerk and put everything else second – that said, I really honestly identified with much of what he said, which makes me a terrible person, but the whole “balanced” life is not what makes people get to the top of a field – so I think honesty is important

“Chasing Failure” – Leak – Christian publisher – sort of interesting coming off Glover – but the “dream it, do it” type – and why we’ve now made Kobe Bryant a hero is beyond me (see Colorado in the early 2000s)

“Hattiesburg” – Sturkey – I loved this book – really, really good – story of a Southern small town – and told in black and white chapters – rather than dehumanize whites, I thought the book did a wonderful job explaining – but not defending – white oppression – and the book was spot on in its analysis of today and the issues that we face today with voting rights suppression

Twas the week before spring break…

“Running Smart” – good book – about the science behind running – what’s myth, what’s workable

“A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor” – Hank Green – it’s actually Book 2 of 2 but I read it solo just fine – and really enjoyed it – had robbed it from a librarian’s “best” list – you can’t go wrong there

“Dear Martin” – same thing, robbed from a librarian’s list – it was good – first 100 pages, wasn’t that sure – but the second half made up for the first half

“Winners Take All” – great book on economic inequality – the problems with capitalism – very insightful and highly recommendable

“The Pattern Seekers” – book on how systemizers helped develop civilization – and so the “problems” that show up in autism are actually just examples of our neurodiversity – the author did a good job balancing the benefits while acknowledging that autism certainly doesn’t mean you’re smart in something though – and that there can be problems there