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It’s Monday evening and I am making good on one of my New Years Resolutions. I promised myself at the end of 2015 that I was going to begin writing again in 2016. I would blog three times a week and try to write 15 minutes a day. Writing 15 minutes a day has not gone smoothly (4 out of 11 days) and I gave myself a little over a week to figure out my writing life before I jumped back in to blogging. As it turns out, that’s not how it works. I can schedule time with myself to write, but unless I’m really ready to commit, it just won’t happen.
This school year, I have coaxed my students to try the 40 book challenge. I am only on book 21, but I am confident in my ability to finish. In part because lists are fun and in part because I don’t know where to start in reviewing the twenty books I’ve read so far, I’ll just list the books I have already read since the beginning of school.
40 Book Challenge… So Far
My favorite books out of this list so far have been A Clockwork Angel and Winter. Those two books just grabbed me from the first page and wouldn’t let go and were all the best things about fantasy/science fiction for young adults. My favorite adult read would have to be The Witches: Salem, 1692 because it left me so frustrated and so confused by the events of Salem that I am still struggling to put the pieces together in my head. The writing was beautiful and it was a fun read, but I never imagined the Salem witch trials to be so horribly convoluted and confusing. In school, they had always seemed so cut and dry.
Books that surprised me the most on this list were Daughters Unto Devils and How to Train Your Dragon. Daughters Unto Devils terrified me. I know that it had a slow beginning, but there’s just something about people throwing themselves into pig pens to be eaten alive and then seeing scarecrows with real children’s heads instead of pumpkins that I find deeply disturbing. It still scares me just to think about it. How to Train Your Dragon is the complete opposite of Daughters Unto Devils in that there’s nothing remotely scary about it. Toothless is an annoying tiny dragon that can do nothing special except complain and pick fights with other, bigger dragons. It was very different from the movie, and I have to say, I’m pretty sure I enjoyed the movie more.
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