i have always loved reading but there have definitely been times in my life that i have neglected my love of books and let other things get in the way. HOWEVER, since moving into my role as ES librarian, i have realized just how much i miss it and how much i truly LOVE reading. i feel so, so lucky that i get to share that love of reading and all things books with over 1000 students in my current role and i like to think that i really am building a reading community at my school.
in 2017, i made it my goal to get back into reading and i am pretty proud of how it went. i read 30 books this year, which isn’t bad considering how many i read the year before (hangs head in shame…). i hope that in 2018 i can do even better (my goal is 52 books!) and i will share what i’m reading on a monthly basis so that my list doesn’t have to be summed up all in one post! here is a quick review of my fave books that i read this year. i tried to choose one for each month but some months i didn’t do very well and some months i couldn’t choose just one!! that’s the nature of it, i guess!!!
JAN - the first book i read this year and one of my faves! SUPER inspirational as a new entrepreneur!
JAN - this book has my HEART! i cannot even explain how much i loved this.
FEB - i somehow had never read this. it was a quick but GREAT read.
MAR - this book hit home as it discusses the relationship between a student with difficulties and the teacher who helps her.
APR - this was another moving one. it left me wanting to know more.
JUN - i had been putting this one off for a while cause i knew it would be sad. i was right. SOBBED on an airplane! SO GOOD.
JUL - another GOODIE. about an animal. i tried to watch the movie after reading this. DID NOT love it.
SEP - one of the best books i have read EVER. like EVER. so relevant. so GOOD.
OCT - i must admit...i did enjoy this book. i have only read the first two but i will continue soon.
NOV - this book is about hope and friendship and it was so good. sad. and kind of unexpected. i will recommend this to my readers in the library.
DEC - another great book for my students. about friendship. when we need it the most.
DEC - i finished this on the last day of the year. and i LOVED it. one of my faves by john green.
if you’re interested, below is a full list of what i read, along with links to summaries on goodreads! also, please note that i am aware that i read a lot of young adult and kids books. the kids chapter books i read because i want to make sure they appropriate for the library, BESIDES the fact that some of them are completely BRILLIANT. and YA is my fave and i’m not ashamed to admit it!! it is what it is, people! 🙂
#girlboss by Sophie Amorusa
Geek Girl by Holly Smale
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli
There’s a Boy in the Girls Bathroom by Louis Sachar
Secret Cooking Club by Laurel Remington
Hope is a Ferris Wheel by Robin Herrera
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper
The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye – Abandoned
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
Seven Letter Word by Kim Slater
Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Counting By 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan – Abandoned
A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
The Cows by Dawn O’Porter
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Nine, Ten: by Nora Raleigh Baskin
It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas
Turtles all the Way Down by John Green