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Waiting on Wednesday (1)

22 Aug

Yay, I finally got around to writing my first Waiting on Wednesday post!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine to spotlight books that we cannot wait to get our hands on and read!

This week’s WoW is…

The Archived (The Archived, #1)

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Check out the full synopsis and good stuff and Goodreads!

Best of all, you can enter Victoria Schwab’s giveaway for some ridiculously awesome Archived swag! Heck yes, I want to be Archived!

Nerdy Review: CAMP by Elaine Wolf

8 Aug

Folks, my review of CAMP was published today on Nerdy!

To commemorate my very first post on The Nerdy Book Club, I am giving away my copy of CAMP by Elaine Wolf.

I enjoyed reading this book. I’m paying it forward, and I want you to be able to read it too!

Have you read CAMP? Are you looking forward to reading it? Let me know in the comments below! You can also find Elaine Wolf on Twitter and let her know what you thought about CAMP.

Classroom Library Additions (Library Sale Fun)

1 Aug

Can I just say that library sales are pretty much my favorite thing ever? Even since before sliced bread. That’s how jazzed I am about library sales. I was visiting my local public library in search of the print version of Where She Went because the last disc of the audio-book didn’t work (major bummer). The only copy was checked out so I grabbed an audio-book at random and picked up a few other teen lit books and went upstairs for some picture books to read with my brother.

As I walked up the second flight, the sale shop beckoned me like a chorus of angels. I swear the book angels went “Aaaaahhhhhh” as I hit the landing. See, I have never (really, never ever ever) been in the library when the shop was open. Never. I popped in just to case the place, fully intending to come back. I made small talk with the really nice, sweet lady sitting at the counter and mentioned that (a) it was my first time in the shop and (b) I’m a high school English teacher.

She directed me to the teen section and I started shoving books in a cart (when the most expensive book is 75 cents, can you blame me?). I took a stack to the lady and told her I was going to pick out a few more. She tells me, “Oh, honey, I checked into it, and we have discounts for teachers.” “Oh, that’s awesome,” I tell her and pick out some more books. I’m thinking maybe 15% off? I’d be trilled with that – heck, I don’t even mind paying full price if the book is only 75 cents!

I walked out with five grocery bags FULL of books. The amount of books I have sitting in my trunk is just insane. And I paid all of $7.00. SEVEN DOLLARS. Wow.

These pictures show only half of my loot – my sister took two bags to read!

If you have the chance to go to your library’s sale shop, please go. Even if you don’t find something for your class, chances are you’ll find something great for yourself! The books tend to be a tad on the dated side, but who cares? Fiction is fiction! I can’t wait to clean these up and ready them for their placement on the shelves in the classroom.

Do you have a super-awesome place where you score books? I’d love to hear about it – comment below!

On My Way to 50

7 Jul

There’s going to be a lot of math in this post. Just a heads up. (UPDATE: I changed my mind. I was going to break down all the averages and totals and stuff for the #summerthrowdown tally sheet. And then I decided against all that math.)

In my #SummerThrowdown Throws Down at Halftime post, I mentioned that I’m approaching the second half of the challenge with a goal: to read more than 50 books. This could mean reading 50.25 or 130 books. As long as my final tally is over 50, I’ll be happy. The number itself is arbitrary. I’m not really sure why I picked 50 instead of 30 or 70. Fifty seemed like a reasonable number.

In my drive to reach this goal – and expand my repertoire – I have been visiting the local public library. I’ve checked out young adult books, audio books, graphic novels, comics, novels in verse, juvenile fiction, and even a few picture books.

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T-shirt Party!

3 Jul

Show your support & brag about your participation in #TeamElite for #summerthrowdown!

I’ve been working with Sherry over the last few days to design a #summerthrowdown t-shirt! After much discussion and attempts at creative slogans, we’re pleased to announce the #summerthrowdown t-shirt party!

The shirts will be printed on Anvil Ringer T’s which, according to the rep, run small. Use this size chart to help you select the appropriate size.

Tees are $10 each which includes shipping. Go to the Order Form to place your order! After you complete the order form, please submit your payment to meaganrae.stephens@gmail.com via PayPal. Orders received without payment will be cancelled.

The order form will be available until Saturday, July 14 at 11:59 pm.

Have questions? Email me! meaganrae.stephens@gmail.com

#SummerThrowdown Throws Down at Halftime

2 Jul

Ya’ll. You are amazing readers. I am so impressed with your dedication! As of 10:50 am CST, Teachers & Librarians have read 1337 books for #summerthrowdown! And that’s at the halfway point! I love using exclamation points!

So, here’s an update on what’s happening at this very special mid-point. Brian posted about a new data column on the spreadsheet. Not only are we challenged to read, we’re challenged to recommend the best book we’ve read for #summerthrowdown. And it’s okay if your pick changes later – just update the progress sheet!

#leagueoflibrarians currently holds the lead over #teamteacher. But like Jillian said, “No one loses when everyone reads!” (Still, let’s kick some booky booty, #teamteacher!)

I’ve read a total of 13.25 books so far. I’m totally not bragging, but the competition has only been active for what, 15 days? That’s 0.88 books each day! While I’m normally a big reader and always have a book I’m devouring, I’d probably be reading much less than that. So I’m grateful for this challenge to keep me active in my reading. I’m also setting a goal for myself: I’m going to surpass 50 books. And I’m going to broaden my interests by reading graphic novels, poetry, and even some juvenile books.

I have a bunch of novels in verse books on hold at the local public library. Major thanks to Jenn Brower for her awesome suggestions to get me out of my “I’m reading really long books and they’re taking me forever and my book count is really low because of it” funk. 🙂

Happy Reading, everyone! How many books do you think we’ll have read at the conclusion of #summerthrowdown?

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