Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Spring break is days away and no beach vacation would be complete without a visit to the bookstore for my undisturbed reading time.

Some of my vacation reading came from the library and my personal shelf. But the two books I chose at the bookstore I had to own. Both are books that I have been reading about a lot on Goodreads. These two titles keep coming up as contenders for the Newbery Award, on the Mock Newbery Group on Goodreads.  The first one is Wonder by R.J. Palacio.  I have it on reserve at the library but could not wait any longer and have to read it on break. The second book is The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.  I absolutely loved Home of the Brave by this author,  and saying that I loved it is not strong enough as it is a book that is so beautifully written, I will never forget it.  From the reviews I have read,The One and Only Ivan will not disappoint.

I am so excited to have both of these books in my hands… well not really in my hands yet. Truth is I had to leave them both in my car. If I dare bring these books into the house, there is no way I will wait to read them until vacation. If those books leave my car now I won’t be packed for sure. But you can bet that one of the two books will be cracked open before the car leaves the driveway.

There is a big argument here for kids to have a stack of books on their desks or in a bin as they plan their next books to read. Having those books in front of you builds not only direction but also true anticipation.

What are you anticipating with excitement that is on your reading stack or reading list?Mock Newbery Group


  1. I have Wonder in my stack also. Now I want to read Home of the Brave and The One and Only Ivan. I'm also reading Half Broke Horses, an adult read. I need to read The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg for our Battle of the Books group. So many books, so little time! Sigh!

  2. Thank you for some additional titles! What is a Battle of Books group? That is new to me!

  3. I love it that you had to leave them in the car!

  4. You are cracking me up with having to leave the books in the car so you wouldn't open them. Thanks for the recommendations--I had heard Wonder was fabulous, but now I think I need to explore the Ivan one too! Cannot wait for days ahead for R and R--read and relax!

  5. You couldn't have made 2 better choices. Enjoy your beach vacation and enjoy these two amazing books!

  6. Kelli, the books are yours when I return... if you can wait that long :)