WWW Wednesday 2/17/16 #1

So I am taking advice from my friend, Erin, who writes the blog, Unironically Excited. When we met for coffee a few weeks ago I proclaimed my jealousy at the amount of blog posts she has written this year.  She filled me in on WWW Wednesday and I decided I am going to attempt to take the plunge.

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. If you are looking for new books to read, check out her blog.  Each week I will answer the following three questions about what is happening in my book world.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you are going to read next?

What are you currently reading?

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – My book club chose this one for our February meeting.  Everyone is raving about it. I am only a few pages in, but so far so good.

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What did you recently finish reading?

Salt to the Seas by Ruta Sepetys – I have loved every one of her books and this one was no different.  Her writing pulls me in and I don’t want to put her stories down.

Questioning for Classroom Discussions by Jackie A Walsh & Beth D Sattes – Along with reading for fun, I am constantly reading professionally.  I was handed this one by a colleague when he saw my email invitation for an upcoming workshop on discussion techniques that I was hosting for staff.  This book is FULL of simple strategies that teachers can use to improve discussions in their classrooms.  I loved it so much that I am buying my own copy to refer to when I coach teachers on these techniques.

What do you think you are going to read next?

I am falling a bit behind on reading the ARCs I receive from NetGalley so my goal is to try to catch up during this month and read a few.

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Connelly (summary provided by Goodreads)

Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon—like all the girls in her class—she’ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo secretly dreams of becoming a writer—a newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie Bly.

Wild aspirations aside, Jo’s life seems perfect until tragedy strikes: her father is found dead. Charles Montfort accidentally shot himself while cleaning his revolver. One of New York City’s wealthiest men, he owned a newspaper and was partner in a massive shipping firm, and Jo knows he was far too smart to clean a loaded gun.

The more Jo uncovers about her father’s death, the more her suspicions grow. There are too many secrets. And they all seem to be buried in plain sight. Then she meets Eddie—a young, brash, infuriatingly handsome reporter at her father’s newspaper—and it becomes all too clear how much she stands to lose if she keeps searching for the truth. Only now it might be too late to stop.

The past never stays buried forever. Life is dirtier than Jo Montfort could ever have imagined, and the truth is the dirtiest part of all.

This Song is (Not) for You by Laura Nowlin (summary provided by Goodreads)

Bandmate, best friend or boyfriend? For Ramona, one choice could mean losing them all.

Ramona and Sam are best friends. She fell for him the moment they met, but their friendship is just too important for her to mess up. Sam loves April, but he would never expect her to feel the same way–she’s too quirky and cool for someone like him. Together, they have a band, and put all of their feelings for each other into music.

Then Ramona and Sam meet Tom. He’s their band’s missing piece, and before Ramona knows it, she’s falling for him. But she hasn’t fallen out of love with Sam either.

How can she be true to her feelings without breaking up the band?

A Girl’s Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber (summary provided by Goodreads)

In this powerful and uplifting novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber, a mother and her daughter-in-law bravely leave their troubled marriages and face the challenge of starting over. Leaning on each other, Nichole and Leanne discover that their inner strength and capacity for love are greater than they ever imagined.

When Nichole discovers that her husband, Jake, has been unfaithful, the illusion of her perfect life is indelibly shattered. While juggling her young son, a new job, and volunteer work, Nichole meets Rocco, who is the opposite of Jake in nearly every way. Though blunt-spoken and rough around the edges, Rocco proves to be a dedicated father and thoughtful friend. But just as their relationship begins to blossom, Jake wagers everything on winning Nichole back—including their son Owen’s happiness. Somehow, Nichole must find the courage to defy her fears and follow her heart, with far-reaching consequences for them all.

Leanne has quietly ignored her husband’s cheating for decades, but is jolted into action by the echo of Nichole’s all-too-familiar crisis. While volunteering as a teacher of English as a second language, Leanne meets Nikolai, a charming, talented baker from Ukraine. Resolved to avoid the heartache and complications of romantic entanglements, Leanne nonetheless finds it difficult to resist Nikolai’s effusive overtures—until an unexpected tragedy tests the very fabric of her commitments.

An inspiring novel of friendship, reinvention, and hope, A Girl’s Guide to Moving On affirms the ability of every woman to forge a new path, believe in love, and fearlessly find happiness.

 

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