These are the first 4 books I've read so far this year! While it may not seem all that exciting... 4 books and we're already a month and a half through the year... this is the most reading I've done in a LONG time. I think a lot of it is due to my book challenge (going on until the end of June- join anytime!)- it's definitely given me back my excitement for reading.
My book challenge has also made me rediscover audiobooks like I never have before. I had an audible account a while back, bought a few books, read one, and never touched it again- until this year. Now I listen to my audiobook during my 1 hour+ commute, doing chores around the house, and if it's a really interesting book, when I'm lying in bed trying to listen while doing something else (like sudoku) where I can concentrate more on the book, but keep busy.
1984 by George Orwell
This is usually a book that is read in high school or while growing up. Since it wasn't a requirement for me to read, it's taken me a long time to read it, but I've always wanted to. I bought it on audible a few years ago so luckily I could just hit play and get started. I had higher expectations for it and thought I would like it more- it was okay. It gets a high rating in Goodreads, so maybe I'm the oddball. Sci-fi is also not one of my preferred genres, so that could have something to do with it. Ultimately, it was an interesting read, and definitely scary to think about it coming true, but I found it to be excessively wordy in some parts.
2.25/5 stars (328 pages) published 1949
The Lake House by Kate Morton
I really enjoyed this book- it was a long 22 hours via audiobook- but well worth it. It's a crime thriller and mystery fiction book- all up my alley. After reading this, I want to check out Morton's other novels and start one of those soon. Many people were knocking it because they thought it was confusing/the ending wasn't worth the read, but honestly, I didn't feel that way at all. I think it had a pretty unique plot that kept you guessing until the end. This was set in England with a cross between flashbacks and present day storylines, which I really enjoyed.
4.25/5 stars (495 pages) published 2015
Making Thinking Visible by Ron Richhart, Mark Church, Karin Morrison
This is an education-centered read which gives practical ways for student thinking to become visible to you, as the instructor, and to the students themselves. The strategies help to promote engagement, independence, and deeper thinking and understanding. Overall, I think it's very valuable and several of the strategies are good ones that I've since tried in my classroom. However, I also think it's VERY text-heavy, which deters me as a reader (from non-fiction books such as these). This isn't meant to be read all at once and for teachers to try EVERY strategy, so in that way it makes it more digestible.
3.5/5 stars (320 pages) published 2011
I've already talked about this one on the blog, so I won't go into detail, but...
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
I don't read too many "self-help" books, but I think they're great- especially when you need a pick-me-up. I liked this one a lot because it was funny, witty, helpful, and made you really think and gave practical ways to prove your worth- to yourself, mostly.
4.25/5 stars (256 pages) published 2013
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