What I'm Reading

Christmas break has been wonderful so far! I've loved having so much extra time to be with family, clean the house, and work on fun projects. Another thing I've been doing a lot of is reading. I always enjoy reading a good book and my very favorite thing to do is to take a warm bubble bath while reading! And that's exactly how I've been spending a lot of my nights this break. In the tub, with a good book!! :)

So, what have I been reading? First up, is The Happiness Project
I got the book for Christmas and haven't been able to put it down. It's getting me all geared up for the new year and is helping me analyze my own life and figure out some changes I'd like to make. I'm only half-way done, but so far I give it two thumbs up!

I've also been reading I Wish I Knew That: Geography.
This is a great book, and one that I plan on using with my students for sure. As I started reading, I quickly realized how much it ties in with my science core. Let me just share a list of the topics that are covered in this book:
  • layers of the earth
  • plate tectonics
  • seasons and climates
  • earthquakes and volcanoes
  • oceans (and ocean life)
  • maps
  • the 7 continents
  • how islands are formed
  • how mountains are formed
  • rivers and lakes
  • biomes 
  • deserts and rain forests
I'm not done reading this one yet either, but my head is swarming with ways to use this in my classroom. I'm thinking of making it a literature circle book and creating a graphic organizer for students to fill out with information as they read. It would also include some sort of fun project to do at the end. Not exactly sure yet, but I'll try to keep you all posted on my progress. :)

So, now I NEED to know. What have you been reading over the break? What should I put on my to-read list next??


Jill said...

I just finished Losing My Faculties by Brendan Halpin. It's a teaching memoir that felt very real to me!! He talks about how challenging teaching is and the difficulties he's faced working with teachers who aren't dedicated to the profession. It wasn't really an uplifting book so much as a real picture of what teaching can be sometimes!!

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Amy @ Juice Boxes + Crayolas said...

I read The Happiness Project a few years ago and really liked it too! I love her "1 minute" rule for keeping the house clean--if something takes less than 1 minute to put away, do it NOW! I try to keep that one in mind...most of the time!

This break I've been continuing my love affair with Young Adult fiction--just finished Forgotten and The Knife of Never Letting Go. About to try a grown up book for a change and read Sarah's Key (although the print seems so small after all of the teen fic I've been reading!!)...

Erika said...

I just finished The Devil's Punchbowl by Greg Iles. My favorite of his was called Turning Angel. Can't decide what to get on my nook next...
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Jessica said...

I just wished reading The Help. It was an amazing book. I couldn't put it down even with all the holiday parties I had to go to. I will admit I sat in the corner at one just reading because it was so good. :) I have been wanting to read The Happiness Project glad to hear it is a good one! Guess I need to add it to my to-do list this week.


Heather's Heart said...

I read Kristin Hannah's Night Road in one day and it was wonderful! Her other book Winter Garden was fabulous too! If you want a book that is a MUST read, you need to grab Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore.

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Ginger Snaps said...

I read the Uglies series and it was great! You should definitely read it!

Jess said...

I just read The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. The first two were really amazing and the third one you can tell the author had a movie deal but it is still a good read and you want a resolution to the story. I'll be checking back here for books too because I want to read something else now!
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Megan said...

I will be adding The Happiness Project to my must-read list.
I love Science Fiction and have just finished Game of Thrones: dark but thought provoking.

Professionally I am reading Smart but Scattered. It is a great book to help students (and adults) that have trouble with executive functioning skills: keeping their stuff together!

Cecelia said...

I am reading Heaven is for Real and LOVE it. Also, Sarah's Key...a sad but important story. Love both

Chrissy said...

I'm reading "Reading With Meaning" by Debbie Miller and various new chick-lit stuff! This is a balanced reading diet, right?! :-)


Rachelle said...

I want to re-read the Hunger Games series before the movie comes out in March.

I go off track in January so maybe I'll read the Happiness Project. Sounds really good and just up my alley!!!

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for the idea of a great book to read. I am going to go download it to my nook (hopefully) in a few minutes.

I've been reading Cutting for Stone. It's a LONG book, but one that I can put down and come back to later. It is a great story.


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Mrs. Cupcake said...

If you want an easy read that you really don't need to think about, read Tori Spelling's books.. they're pretty funny and interesting!

I want to start reading The Hunger Games.. I've heard great things.

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Christine said...

Not too long ago I finished Because of Mr. Terupt. So good. 5th grade class, a great teacher... reminds you of why you became a teacher in the first place - and it's not because you want your kids to pass tests.

Professionally, this summer I read The Reading Whisperer by Donnalyn Miller. A great, inspirational read for getting your students to read more. I took her 40 Book Challenge and adapted it for my class, and issued the challenge to my kids. 20 weeks in, I have several kids within reach of 40 books (so they're getting the 80 Book Challenge after the break).

Gracie said...

I just read The Hunger Games and am all set to read the first. I am also reading smart but scattered!

Elizabeth said...

I just had to come back and tell you that I downloaded The Happiness Project earlier today and am LOVING it.

Thanks for the suggestion.


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Raina said...

I just finished My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares (sp). AMAZING read!

Dana said...

I just finished book called 'Wishin' and Hopin'- A Christmas Story" by Wally Lamb. It was a very cute and quick read! (He has quite a few very good longer books out- I recommend "She's Come Undone" and "I Know This Much is True"). Happy reading!

Lindsey (The Teacher Wife) said...

i have been looking for a book! the happiness project just might be it! {i'll skip on the geography one, haha!}

i'm glad you are relaxing, natalie!

Kristen said...

ooo...those both look great!! Thanks for the suggestions Natalie! I've been reading some fluffy girl lit. my sister gave to me for Christmas--I tend to read more teaching books over summer vacation. Do you go back to school soon? We go back on Tuesday the 3rd and I will miss being home terribly!! If I don't talk to you before then, a very happy New Year to you and Rachelle!!! :)

Miss T said...

Heaven is for Real!

Just talked about it yesterday on my blog :)

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Tara said...

I've been reading The Help and totally love it:) The Happiness Project looks super good. I'd love to hear a little more about it:) I'm running out of reading time:((( I'm in total denial but go back Tuesday.....what's that saying???? All good things must come to an end?? teehee. I totally love my job, I have just really enjoyed the time off and am not looking forward to the upcoming stress (lots of state assessments coming up) and I am being told by email I am getting a student teacher which kinda freaks me out a little with all the testing coming....So, I really need The Happiness Project!

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I loved The Help. I loved The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy but didn't like the English dubbed movie (too graphic). I just read 3 of Peggy Webb's Elvis boos. Elvis is a reincarnated hound dog detective - hilarious. I am now reading Legends of Tsalagee by Phil Truman - about a Big Foot adventure - funny. I want to read The Hunger Games and Broken Back Horses. Whew - love your blog!!! Hope you will visit mine. I wrote a book about my Kinder teaching experience - crazy things that happened, tips, recipes, triumphs, blunders, etc. Came upon this blog by hopping due to K Expo Linky Party.

Literacy Teacher said...

I have been checking books out of my local library. I just finished Christmas Letters by Debbie Macomber. It was a nice holiday read! I just ordered Hunger Games off E-bay and I can't wait to read it! Also, I have Naked by David Sedaris which was a holiday gift!

Spedteacher said...

My wonderful husband bought me a nook tablet for Christmas. I love it, I read Water for Elephants and Silent Run both were excellent.

MamaMea said...

I read the Hunger Games and I'm obsessed. I can't hardly wait for March when the movie comes out.
Speaking of Books to Movies.... I'm reading One for the Money now. The movie stars Katherine Heigal next month. So far it's a super easy Chick-Read and Hilarious!!

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