Monday, February 25, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 2/25/13




Today the Boys and I are linking up to a meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey as well as Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts.  It's called: It's Monday!  What Are You Reading?  Check out both of their blogs for many, many, more wonderful book recommendations and links to others who are doing the same.


Here is our rating system as penned by P.J.:  
  • For every "rock" it means something different, like 1 rock is not very good, 2 rocks is OK, 3 rocks is good, 4 rocks is great, and 5 rocks is amazing! Well now that I got you up to speed, let's get into these book reviews.









Hey this is P.J., and this is my reading update. As you may have read on my previous post, (link here) I read the book chasers by James Phelan and I thought it was great. I am now going to read survivor by James Phelan, and I can't wait to see what happens to Jesse next. This has been P.J.- thanks for reading.



Hey this is C.J, WAZZUP!!! and this... is book report time.
When we left off,  I was reading Among the Barons and now I have been reading a lot of the Shadow Children series.  Now I am on the last book, Among the Free! What is going on right now is that Luke has joined the population police with his friends to try to overthrow them from the inside. He has been taken to join a different squad to help issue out identification cards. While there, he goes from house to house, giving out cards when an old lady is not going to get her card. Luke's sergeant tells Luke to kill the old lady. He held up the gun too her head. Thats where I'm going to leave you. Read the book, its awesome!





Well, the Boys have got Mom beat, hands down!  Here's my reading update:
I read An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.  I think he's my latest author crush.  I am planning to read Looking for Alaska next.

I am also just about finished with Pathways to the Common Core.

And I am participating in an online book study for Reading Amplified by LeAnne Spillane.  It has been an eye-opening experience so far, and it is pushing my thinking about the use of technology in literacy education.  
If you are curious about the e-book, visit the Stenhouse website here: Reading Amplified

What are You reading?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Best Ending Ever


Hey this is P.J. and this is my reading review.  I just finished the book Chasers by James Phelan.  It is about a boy named Jesse who has never been more far away from home in his life. While Jesse is in New York City on a UN camp trip, an unexplained force turns New York to ash, and it appears that Jesse, Dave, Mini, and Anna are the only survivors.  Now they have to figure out how they are going to survive when they realize that they are being hunted by zombie-like creatures that will do anything to get a drink, even kill.  Now they have to survive and try to escape this nightmare-like situation.  I absolutely loved this book and think that the ending is THE BEST ending ever to a story, but that is for you to decide.

This has been P.J.  Thanks for reading.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Friendly Competition?

Guess who is a bit competitive?
When we set our personal reading goals this January, the intent was to challenge ourselves to read more that we had in 2012.  A tiny comment from C.J. tweaked the beginning of something that I am realizing is escalating into a serious competition.

"How many books is P.J. reading?"

Once satisfied that his goal would be higher, C.J. poked the bear by announcing his 2013 challenge would be ten more books than his older brother.  And so it commenced.

Currently, it is friendly, with the boys logging their reading on biblionasium.com and reviewing books here on our blog.  I sense that the river of their rivalry is flowing more rapidly below the surface, as they casually ask, "So how many is that so far?" or mention, "I read this one in three days."  Their battle is bubbling underneath their breath.

So now I wonder, is a little friendly family competition a good thing?  This was not my original target.  Intrinsic motivation was always the goal.  But they are brothers after all, and the apple doesn't fall far from the tree...  Mom really likes to win.

At this point, though, they are both ahead of me!

Monday, February 4, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 2/4/13




Today the Boys and I are linking up to a meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey as well as Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts.  It's called: It's Monday!  What Are You Reading?  Check out both of their blogs for many, many, more wonderful book recommendations and links to others who are doing the same.


Here is our rating system as penned by P.J.:  
  • For every "rock" it means something different, like 1 rock is not very good, 2 rocks is OK, 3 rocks is good, 4 rocks is great, and 5 rocks is amazing! Well now that I got you up to speed, let's get into these book reviews.









P.J. is on Fire!  He finished this one in 3 days!!  Whoo hoo!!

Title: The Cloak Society
Author: Jeramey Kraatz
Goodreads summary:  The Cloak Society: An elite organization of supervillains graced with extraordinary powers.

Ten years ago they were defeated by the Rangers of Justice and vanished without a trace. But the villains of Cloak have been biding their time, waiting for the perfect moment to resurface. And twelve-year-old Alex Knight wants to be one of them.

Alex is already a junior member, and his entire universe is Cloak's underground headquarters, hidden beneath an abandoned drive-in theater in Sterling City, Texas. While other kids his age are studying math and history, Alex is mastering his telekinetic powers and learning how to break into bank vaults. His only dream is to follow in his parents' footsteps as one of the most feared supervillains in the world. Cloak is everything he believes in.

But on the day of his debut mission, Alex does the unthinkable: he saves the life of a young Ranger named Kirbie. Even worse . . . she becomes his friend. And the more time he spends with her, the more Alex wonders about the world outside of Cloak--and what, exactly, he's been fighting for.


What I think: I like the way the author used the drama of the story and it gradually built up and had the big release at the end. I also like how the book is shown from the villans side, and how all of the powers are not super cheesy.  

Recommended for: ages 10-14 that like action books.

Rock Rating:  5 out of 5 rocks!

What I am reading now:  




Hey this is C.J.  I am a third child, and this... is book report time. 
I rate it 4/5 rocks.
Now I am starting to read the Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Among the Hidden is about a boy named Luke who needs to be hidden in his attic, because a law was passed by the government that limits the amount of kids allowed.  The limit is two, and Luke is a third. When a neighborhood is built right next to his farm, Luke studies them and finds that he might not be the only third child.  I have already finished the first book of this series, and now I'm reading the next one: Among the Imposters.

Mom's update:
This week I read: 

This is an adult novel with YA appeal.  It is written as a collection of letters, e-mails, and narrative from the perspective of Bee, a 15 year old only child of a Microsoft genius work-a-holic father and reclusive Bernadette Fox.  This smart, witty, fast-paced novel gripped me from the first page, and it kept me guessing up to the very end.  Highly recommend!

What I am reading now:

Yep, still plugging away!


What are you reading?