I hope you are all well! This week has been madness! As you know I'm a 6th grade English teacher. My school was on spring break. It got extended this week, but teachers were required to work from home. Wednesday we started to get information. Thursday we began frantically redesigning our lesson to go online … Continue reading Characters Through the Ages (Well, through 70 Years)
These are the best YA, Fantasy, and Science Fiction books I read during 2019.
The Texas Library Association puts out a Lone Star Reading list every year. They just released their 2020 list last week. I try to read as many of them as I can each year and I'm never disappointed! The books are selected by librarians across the state. The books are well written and highly engaging for teens and adults.
This anthology is full of delightfully surprising and creative stories. The writing of each story is impeccable. Each one grabbed me quick as the Millennium Falcon on the Kessel Run. These stories don’t typically focus on interesting technology, that is the set dressing. These stories are about young people growing up and experiencing adventures.
Book Review: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal. In 1952 a massive meteorite hits Earth destroying most of the east coast of the US including Washington DC. The climate changes from this will eventually make Earth uninhabitable so colonizing other planets gets moved higher on the priority list.
Here is a book trailer about Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee.
Not everyone has the privilege of being a teacher of such diverse populations, but there is no better way to learn how others think and view the world than by reading what they write. So this month I recommend that you read at least one book that is written by someone from another country or someone from a different culture than your own.
How is the challenge going? Have you started? Have you discovered a new book that you love? I hope so! Time for something scary and intense! I am a big chicken so I don't often read anything very horror like Stephen King, but I have read a few books in that genre that I like. … Continue reading Quill and Books Reading Challenge- October
A book Review: In the story Katya is an antique collector. It is a normal day collecting a new typewriter and some other antiques. She has an appreciation for the story of each item she collects. While on her way to deliver an item for a client, she is kidnapped. Her connection to the network is severed-- something she's never experienced for any length of time.
Now that my first novel manuscript rough draft is done, you might think I'd start on revisions. Not quite. Often writers need time and distance from a rough draft to do a good revision. I recently began grad school so I will likely set it aside for 2 years while I work on my MLIS. … Continue reading Writers of the Future Volume 33