Saturday, June 6, 2020

Stay at Home Book Tag

I feel I am a little late in doing this tag, but I wanted to do it anyway. Plus I know our summer plans have completely changed as we were supposed to go on a dream vacation to Europe, but that has obviously been put on hold.

1) Laying in Bed: what book could/have you read in a day?

The latest book I have read in a day is Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson. Powerful, shattering, empowering...and so many other emotions experienced while reading it.

"to talk about consent
get real about consequences
respect the room enough
to tell the truth
cuz, lordy lordy, they need it"
(Shout, 182)
2) Snacking: comfort read

I do not think anyone should feel bad with what they read so I changed the original prompt (guilty pleasure book) to a comfort read instead.

For my comfort reads I will return to a book I have read before and more times then not, I elect to reread the All Souls Trilogy, with the first book A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I first read this book during my blogging hiatus, and I just love that when I return to it, something else pops up because of all the hidden eggs to be discovered.

If I do not reread a specific book, another comforting read might be returning to a favorite author. I have not been reading as many, but I used to read romance (contemporary or historical are my favorites) but I have not been reading as many of those lately.

3) Netflix: a series you want to start

Ones I have on my shelf: The Great Library series by Rachel Caine (first is Ink & Bone), The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman, and The Lone City (first is The Jewel) by Amy Ewing. I am working on clearing off outstanding titles on my bookshelf so hopefully I will make a decision on these series this summer. Ink & Bone is on my TBR for this month.

4) Deep Clean: been on your TBR for ages

The oldest three books on my TBR are:
I put two of these on my possibilities for this month. See, I really am trying to get longstanding books off of my shelves and TBR. :)

5) Animal Crossing: a book you bought recently because of the hype

The one that pops into my mind right away is Beach Read by Emily Henry--another one I am hoping to read this month during Romance-athon.

6) Productivity: a book you learnt or had an impact on you

From this year, Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson. I cannot say enough good things about this book and find myself recommended it to students, staff, and others as often as possible. 

I have multiple on my professional bookshelf TBR to read this summer:
  • Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning by John Spencer
  • Passionate Readers: The Art of Reaching and Engaging Every Child by Pernille Ripp
  • Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits by Donalyn Miller

I also have several books on my professional TBR this summer in preparation for my new class I am teaching next year:
  • Shared Foundations: Inquire by Lori E. Donovan
  • Shared Foundations: Collaborate by Mary Catherine Coleman
  • Genius Hour: Passion Projects that Ignite Innovation and Student Inquiry by Andi McNair
  • Genius Hour in the Classroom: Taking Passion Projects to the Next Level by Andi McNair

7) Facetime: a book you were gifted

The current book I am reading, Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo was given to me for Christmas along with a few others as part of our four gifts we do for each other each holiday. 

8) Self Care: what is one thing you've done recently to look after yourself

We have been taking walks. I have been allowing myself to listen to an audiobook or an occasional YouTube video while working. I am debating taking up embroidery or cross-stitching again. I have sewing and scrabooking as well, but is packed up in our basement and I do not want to drag it out while we are working on finishing it. Of course I have also started trying to be more regular in blogging again, which I have been enjoying.

9) Bonus: Name a book coming out soon

I have the second book of the Harbinger series by Jennifer Armentrout on my radar: Rage and Ruin

So there you have it--these are the answers to the Stay at Home Book Tag. As I said above, I know I am late to the game, but I like the questions and wanted to answer them. 

I hope wherever you are at, you are being safe and staying healthy. I know I am blessed and fortunate to have been able to switch to remote learning and been able to keep my job. 

Thank you so much for reading my answers. What have you been doing since the Stay at Home orders have been issued? What are you hoping to be able to do this summer now that many orders are starting to be lifted?

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