It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme began by Sheila at Book Journeys as a way to share what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and what is in store for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading. I first learned about it from Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki of Unleashing Readers and have become a regular linked up blog. Thanks #PLN
Carrie Gelson of There is a Book For That posted an Twitter invitation to join a reading challenge that she and Maria’s Melange are hosting. I already have a never ending TBR pile so I decided to join in and set up a Goodreads shelf called from #MustReadin2014. I really enjoy reading along with others-a perfect example of why I love host and take part in book clubs. They are a fun way to chat with other folks who enjoy talking about kids books. (Button created by from Teacher Dance).
What I am reading now:
Book buzz: I am very excited to have just started reading Jinx by Sage Blackwood. I first heard about this title from Twitter pal and teacher, Kim Campbell. She has the most interesting things to share and I value her opinions.
A big thank you to @urwalder who Skyped with my Mock Newbery club today and talked about her Jinx books and writing! @CarrieGelson..and in wonderful Twitter fashion, Sage Blackwood soon joined the conversation once again proving how valuable Twitter can be for teachers and librarians in connecting readers to books. I asked Sage to explain to me about something she refers to as the "Game of Twenty." Let me see if I can outline the details of the game.
— Kim Campbell (@kacwrites) January 16, 2014
Sage: "When I get stuck writing, I ask myself a question, What is the protagonist hiding?"
Next: "Then I start listing answers. 1st few are obvious. Next few are crazy. I list 20 answers.. although usually #17 or #18 turns out to be the one I end up using."
Hey, that's pretty cool and a terrific writing suggestion. Sort of like working through the clues of a mystery.
Jinx Links: HarperCollins Jinx page
Jinx Planting Activity-I am going to do this in my library.
Jinx author's page: Sage Blackwood
Read samples of Jinx and Jinx's Magic
Here are the other books I have read and reviewed this week: