Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Welcome February...

 Wow! Where did January go? It was here and gone in a flash. My first graders and Kindergarten friends had 3 week long projects. Kindergarten friends learned 20 nursery rhymes and had to recite their own nursery rhyme that they selected. I am so proud of all of them.

My Booster Kindergarten friends in Mrs. Alderson's / Mrs. Desbien's Class enjoyed listening to A Garden For Groundhog by Lorna Balian and It's Ground Hog Day by Steven Kroll.  We then made our own Groundhog Day hats. They all look great!

My First grade friends worked on their animal research papers and I am always so aware of their growth when we complete this project, it's one of my favorite projects.

I get many kiddo's coming down to read to me and I love it. It is one of my most favorite parts of my job. It shows me how much they have grown since the first day of school. This is a video of my grandson Carter when he came down to read to me the other day. I will share more video's of readers, I love this idea.

What Are You Reading

My current book club book is The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett.
I enjoyed this book but didn't love it. This book surprised me. Throughout the whole thing, I was never exactly sure how much I was enjoying it, and yet I couldn't wait to pick the book back up and continue reading. By time the book was done, I wanted to read more, and wanted the story to continue.

The story itself is strange, it draws you in immediately. It's the story of a woman named Sabine who is coming to terms with exploring the hidden past of her husband, a famous gay magician after his death. You wonder how this story is going to work, which is the beauty of how well it draws you in. It's a beautiful example of story-telling, and the writing is flowing and enticing.

Sabine, the main character, spends time with her dead husband's family, none of whom she knew existed. The reader is supposed to come along on the journey with her to discover the missing parts of her longtime friend/spouse. The story felt like I was eavesdropping on someone's conversation.

 The West Coast Magician reinvented himself well,  so much so, as to have no connection to the Midwestern teenager he once was (by the way, the Midwest is NOT as bleak and backward as portrayed in this book -some of the stereotypes were obnoxious). After a traumatic childhood, he left town and ended up with love and friendship and happiness.

I am excited to take this story apart with my book group and get some other perspectives. I hope you pick it up and give it a try. 

I am listening to an audio book of Ember in The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir which is a YA fantasy book and I have been wanting to read it for some time now.

I'm also reading The Witches, Salem 1692 by Stacy Schief, for my online book club and these 2 books can't be more different. I try not to read more than one book at a time but if I listen to an audio book it is different somehow...I don't tend to confuse the stories or details within. I have an uncanny ability to remember most every book I have ever read. Maybe not minute details but the majority of the story.


 My Cuppa Swap buddy was so good to me. I received 2 books from my Goodreads wishlist By Patrick Rothfuss. They look amazing and I knew I wanted to read them after reading the blurb about them. Although, after seeing them they are a bit intimidating with nearly 700 pages in one and 1000 pages in the other. I can't wait to get started!!!

Not only did I get a Game of Thrones coffee mug I got a wonderful Wild Blueberry Coffee and a yummy Toostie Roll Hot Cocoa. I love it all Thanks so much Cyra Schaeffer from Rattle The Pages.
My exciting news for one of my most exciting swaps is the #otspsecretsister project, selected partners this past weekend.  I have a new secret sister and I am so excited to get to know her. It runs for 6 months at a time and is dedicated to those with a love of books. I am so blessed to be a part of these lovely ladies. I have gained some incredible relationships and have met people from all over the country.
Happy Reading,
Mrs. Shamhart