Rotten – A Review

Title: Rotten

Author: Michael Northrop

Release Date: April 1, 2013

Source: e-book from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads): Jimmer “JD” Dobbs is back in town after spending the summer “upstate.” No one believes his story about visiting his aunt, and it’s pretty clear that he has something to hide. It’s also pretty clear that his mom made a new friend while he was away—a rescued Rottweiler that JD immediately renames Johnny Rotten (yes, after that guy in the Sex Pistols). Both tough but damaged, JD and Johnny slowly learn to trust each other, but their newfound bond is threatened by a treacherous friend and one snap of Johnny’s powerful jaws. As the secrets JD has tried so hard to keep under wraps start to unravel, he suddenly has something much bigger to worry about: saving his dog.

Jessica’s Review:

I came across this title as I was clicking through NetGalley.  The cover had me immediately as I am a HUGE fan of dogs.  Anyone who knows me can tell you that.  The idea of the main character connected to a rescue dog pulled me in.  I put in a request, got my approval, and started reading.

Overall, I enjoyed the book.  It was a pretty quick read.  It is clear that JD did not stay with his aunt and I felt like his friends, wanting to know how he really spent his summer.  JD did not seem like a “bad boy” at all, so I really wondered what he could have done.  I also loved Johnny Rotten as a character in the book.  He went through quite a bit – being chained and beat – before JD’s mom rescued him from the shelter.  I really liked watching Johnny and JD’s relationship blossom as they learned to trust each other and JD learned there was more to Johnny than his tough outside.  I feared for Johnny’s fate after one of JD’s friends, Mars, claimed Johnny bit him unprovoked and his family sues JD and his mom.  As JD fights for his dog, we see the many sides of JD as he learns to come to terms with his past and his present.

One thing I really liked about this book is how it hit on the issue of stereotypes against “bully breeds.”  Johnny is a Rottweiler, one of the most misunderstood of dog breeds, probably after Pit Bulls.  Being a proud Pit Bull owner and lover of all dogs, I appreciate how Northrop addresses this issue as JD fights for Johnny.  Many dogs have a lot stacked against them just because of the misconceptions that are out there.  Johnny had some growing to do in order to trust people, especially males.  But at his heart, he was a sweet dog that was just looking for companionship.  I’m glad to see a book for teens that brings this up for teens to think about.

This is an enjoyable book and one I look forward to adding to my classroom.  I can see reluctant drawn to this and enjoying it.  Overall – 3/5 stars.


Prisoner B-3087: A Review

Title: Prisoner B-3087

Author: Alan Gratz

Genre: Historical Fiction – Holcaust

Release Date: March 1st, 2013

SourceARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads): Survive. At any cost.

10 concentration camps.

10 different places where you are starved, tortured, and worked mercilessly.

It’s something no one could imagine surviving.

But it is what Yanek Gruener has to face.

As a Jewish boy in 1930s Poland, Yanek is at the mercy of the Nazis who have taken over. Everything he has, and everyone he loves, have been snatched brutally from him. And then Yanek himself is taken prisoner — his arm tattooed with the words PRISONER B-3087.

He is forced from one nightmarish concentration camp to another, as World War II rages all around him. He encounters evil he could have never imagined, but also sees surprising glimpses of hope amid the horror. He just barely escapes death, only to confront it again seconds later.

Can Yanek make it through the terror without losing his hope, his will — and, most of all, his sense of who he really is inside?

Based on an astonishing true story.

Jessica’s Review:

I found this title from a blog I follow The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say Shhh when she reviewed it.  I noted she received the book from NetGalley, so I immediately put in a request.  It seemed like a book to add to my radar for the historical fiction research project.  I was approved later that same day and started the book right away.  I finished it in about 2 days.

Overall, I really liked this book.  I was immediately pulled in with the idea that Yanek survived stays at 10 different concentration camps AND it is based on a true story.  Prisoner B-3087 begins when Yanek is just ten-years-old living in Poland with his parents and among his aunts and uncles in 1939.  Germany takes over Poland and Yanek watches as his neighborhood, Krakow, is walled in and turned into a Jewish ghetto.  He and his family live in the harsh conditions of the Krakow ghetto, even hiding in a pigeon coop to escape the violent treatment of Nazi soldiers, for three years.  Yanek eventually watches his parents and family members marched out of the ghetto, never to see them again.  Yanek himself is deported to the Plaszow Concentration Camp in 1942 where he was put to hard labor, watched the camp commander kill Jews for sport, and struggled to survive on little food and in insanitary conditions.  Over the next three years, Yanek is transferred to nine other concentration camps, including Auschwitz, and takes part in two death marches.  Yanek does come close to death many times, but he vows to survive and hang on to some type of hope, no matter how small.

This book hit me hard in a number of ways.  I know there is a lot of Historical Fiction about the Jewish Holocaust, but personally, this is on of the first I have read with complete focus on life inside all the difference camps.  Books I have read are told from another point-of-view, an outsider looking in.  (Not to say that there is not more like this; that is just what I have read.)  Instead, Yanek walks the reader through his experiences at each camp and what he say happening to other human beings.  In one camp, Yanek explains how circus animals are treated better than the prisoners.  I felt anger and sadness as to how people could do this to other human beings for so long and actually feel they were in the right.  The book made me thankful for the life I have been blessed with.  The author note at the end was intriguing as well, as Gratz tells about Jack Gruener, whom the book is based on.

There is something lacking from the writing , however.  While I still had strong reactions to what Yanek experienced, overall, emotion is missing from most of the writing. I was surprised at time at how I felt some experiences were glossed over.  I did feel somewhat of a connection to Yanek, but not as strong as I would have expected.  Despite this, the book is still one I will remember for a long time to come.  I plan on buying a hard copy for my classroom and encouraging students to read it, both as part of the research project and for choice reading.

Overall rating: 4/5 stars

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Bookish Memories

Top Ten Tuesday: Books We Resolve to Read in 2013


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.

Jacqueline’s Top Ten Bookish Memories

  1. Meeting David Sedaris: my sister and I went to hear David read from his notebook of unpublished works a few years ago at a small theater in  Canton. Before the reading he sat at a little table in the lobby and signed books. Nobody really noticed him sitting there at first, so my sister and I jumped up to the table and chatted with him (in French!) for a few minutes. He signed my book, gave me a little piece of chocolate from his pocket (really, I’m not kidding!) and we went on our way. He taught my sister to swear the French way, and told me that he is glad I don’t go by the name Jackie. True story.
  2. I remember many, many visits to our local Holland library growing up where my mom let me take home entire stacks of books.
  3. Similarly, I remember going to the bookstore at the mall and my parents letting me buy any books I wanted (or, at least it seemed like it to me). I truly believe this is what fostered my love for books.
  4. In 5th grade we had to read a certain number of books each report card time. I can’t remember what it was, but I’m sure it wasn’t much. After you met your goal, the teacher let you choose something from his box of prizes. I remember reading furiously to make sure my total was higher than my friends, and getting to choose countless books and other prizes from the box. Such a smart man, that teacher, for capitalizing on our fifth grade competitive natures.
  5. Discovering Goodreads- what a happy day.
  6. Amazon Prime- makes it okay to order just one book. As if I need more reasons to order more books.
  7. I remember being little and crawling up on my mom’s lap in our old wooden rocking chair at night when she would read to me. I hope my daughter someday remembers us reading to her, too.
  8. Which brings me to #8- every time my daughters bring me books to read, and the true joy they get from being read to. Even the just-turned-one-year-old will bring me a book and climb into my lap to be read to. I truly hope we’re raising them to love books like I do.
  9. The first time I took my daughter to the library: she was so amazed that there were so many books in one place, and a bit overwhelmed at the idea that she had to pick just a few to take home. Even now, a year and many trips later, she has a really hard time choosing which ones to pull from the shelves.
  10. When my first project was funded through, since I meant I got to share more books with more students!

Jessica’s Top Ten Bookish Memories

  1.  Harry Potter.  Basically, anything about the books.  I remember I had not heard of the books until Goblet of Fire was just coming out.  I was in Disney World and saw all of the posters for Goblet and had no idea what it was.  I was looking at the books in a gift shop and a little boy told me that the books were so good and I had to read them.  I had my aunt pick me up Sorcerer’s Stone and after that it was love.  I remember falling in love with the world Rowling had created.  This lead to many laughs, tears, and two midnight release parties with my brother.  Harry Potter was a part of my life for TEN years!  You can’t beat that!
  2. My fourth grade teacher reading out loud to us.  Mrs. Gilliam introduced me to many books I never would have read on my own – Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Great Brain, and The Indian in the Cupboard.  We all loved read aloud time and begged for more every day.  I fell more in love with reading because of her.
  3. Teaching Of Mice and Men.  I love this book.  I never read it until I prepared to teach it during my third year of teaching.  I bawled hysterically at home.  I had no idea how I was going to get through the last two chapters when I read to my students.  Somehow I did, with a choking voice.  My students appreciated it though.  I have seen students wiping eyes when we read the end; two years ago, a girl yelled out “NO!” in the middle of class.  I love seeing how such a small book has such an impact on so many people.
  4. Going to the library as a child.  My parents were readers and made reading a big part of  our lives.  We went to the library all the time.  I always had books to read and I am so thankful for that.  I hope to share this passion with my own children one day in the same way my parents shared it with me.
  5. Reading by flashlight under the covers.  My big “rebellion” as a child was staying up past my bed time to read a book.  I used a flashlight and hid under my covers so I could as much reading in as possible.  I was a real wild child.  I think my parents knew, even tough I thought I was so slick, but they were happy to see me wanting to read.  Books were constant companions in my bed as I grew up.
  6. Reading Speak in college.  Speak was a required book for my literature methods class.  Since the moment I picked it up at the bookstore, I could tell there was something special about this book.  I wanted to be part of the group to present on it, even though it meant going first and being in a group with other students I did not know.  This book was life-changing.  It was my “gateway” book to YA Lit.  I had no idea books like this existed for teens; I never had any like it when I was a teen.  I was so glad I got to teach it my first year and love seeing how it captures readers year after year.
  7. Seeing David Levithan speak in Kalamazoo.  He did a public engagement at the Kalamazoo Public Library my senior year of college.  It was not long after Boy Meets Boy was published and just before Marley’s Ghost was published.  I was so moved by his message and the writing he read from his books.  People protested his speaking since he had written Boy Meets Boy and when asked about it, he answered so lovingly and honestly, I was very impressed.  He signed a copy of Boy Meets Boy for me and I still cherish it today.
  8. Reading Wonder out loud to my tenth graders.  I was terrified to read aloud, thinking my sophomores would find it babyish and boring.  However, they were engaged in Auggie’s story and always wanted to know more.  I loved seeing how they wanted more each day and how quickly they could bring another student up-to-speed about what we read the day before.  This is also the first time I completely lost it – sobbing, could not speak lost it – in front of my students.  (Thankfully, Jacqueline was there to take over for me!)  My students respected me for it and were very understanding to how the novel affected me.  It was a great moment.
  9. Finding other passionate readers.  Whether through Twitter, Nerdy Book Club, or my amazing co-workers, I love having so many outlets to discuss books and reading, especially YA Lit.  I appreciate having people I can share my passion with and who “get” it.  I am very lucky to be surrounded by so many readers.
  10. When a student tells me how much he or she loves a book.  Whether it is the fifth book she has read that trimester or the first book he admits to reading since fifth grade, I love when I see a student click with a book.  I see it all over their face when they talk about it and tell me and their classmates about it.  There is nothing more powerful than seeing the love come from a teen in my classroom.

The Madness Underneath – a review

Title: The Madness Underneath

Author: Maureen Johnson

Release Date: February 26, 2013

Source: eBook from NetGalley 

Summary from Goodreads: When madness stalks the streets of London, no one is safe…

There’s a creepy new terror haunting modern-day London. Fresh from defeating a Jack the Ripper killer, Rory must put her new-found hunting skills to the test before all hell breaks loose…

But enemies are not always who you expect them to be and crazy times call for crazy solutions. A thrilling teen mystery.

Jessica’s Review

I read The Name of the Star, the first book in Johnson’s Shades of London trilogy, this past summer.  The Jack the Ripper story line is what originally pulled me in; I had no idea ghosts would play into it. I was hooked on Johnson’s writing in Star and loved the characters.  I could not wait to see where Rory’s story would go at the end of Star.  Overall, Madness does not disappoint.

(If you want to read The Name of the Star, please note there are some minor spoilers in what follows.)

Madness finds Rory living with her parents in Bristol after the Jack the Ripper attack.  Her parents have her in therapy to deal with the attack, but Rory cannot exactly tell her therapist that she can see ghosts and the actual Ripper was a ghost who stabbed her.  Luckily, despite the lack of true progress Rory is making in therapy, her therapist gives Rory the thumbs up to return to school at Wexford as a way to return to her normal life.

Rory has a lot to do with exams looming at Wexford.  It does not make it any easier to catch up on her studies when Rory must come to terms with her “sight” as well as a new found talent in the ghost hunting business.  Plus, while a murder down the street at a local pub seems to have a logical explanation, Rory is not so sure things are necessarily as they seem.  With the help of Stephen, Callum, Boo, and a unique therapist named Jane, Rory attempts to figure everything out and keep it all together.

Ghosts play a much smaller role in Madness than they did Star.  However, Johnson still keeps the tension building as Rory tries to understand the effects of the attack at Wexford.  Rory’s crazy story-telling and humor are still very present.  I found myself literally laughing out loud at some parts.  I love this about Johnson’s writing!  Stephen also becomes a much more central character in this book.  He develops much more than he did in the first one.  We see new sides of him and learn more about him.

As much as I enjoyed the plot, I was disappointed to see how many characters that I liked from Star become very flat and brushed aside.  Jerome seems like he will be an important character again and Rory even comments on how much closer they became while she was in Bristol.  However, he is out of the story in what I feel is a cop-out way fairly early on.  Jazza becomes a very flat character in this installment as well.  I was most disappointed to only see Alisair, my favorite ghosts from Star, in one scene.  However, new characters are brought into the mix to create new and deeper conflicts in Rory’s life.

Overall, I enjoyed this book.  I kept reading in order to learn more and I am hooked to see where the final installment in this trilogy will take us.  Johnson has brought Rory and her friends to a place I was not expecting and I can only imagine where they will go from here.

4/5 stars

Anna Dressed in Blood, a review

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)From Goodreads:

Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story…

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.

 Jacqueline’s review:

Judging this book by its cover (because I will freely admit I do that with regularity) and from the description both on Goodreads and from friends, I was really looking forward to this read. I had heard that it was scary and I expected it to be bloody. while I can’t say it really scared me (though I did get a little bit of the creeps a time or two), it was certainly bloody. In a good way. Are there things about this book I didn’t love? Sure. Were there things I didn’t fully understand and/or like? Absolutely. But by the end of the book, I was completely sold.

Blake writes this story from a male’s perspective, which for some reason really caught me off guard. I loved the voice of Cas, even if I can’t completely understand how he “fell in love” with Anna so quickly. That he called her “my Anna” began to get a little irritating. However, I think I can safely say those were my two only complaints about this book. The rest of the story is interesting, rich, and full of well-written characters who drive the plot forward at a pleasing pace.

A ghost with a terrible secret, a boy looking to avenge his father’s death all on his own, a would-be sidekick with a desperate need to protect his new friend, and a support system dedicated to ridding the world of harmful ghosts make for a compelling cast. Throw in a little (okay, a lot) of blood and gore, some suspense, a little mystery, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a story.

Time for Ten Bookish Goals for 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week’s topic is our top ten bookish goals for 2013.

Because it’s always good to have goals, right?

Jacqueline’s goals:

  1. In 2013 I vow to write better reviews of the books that I read. Like, reviews that actually tell a person something and may help them decide to read (or not to read) that particular book. Really. I will.
  2. I will perform more booktalks for our kids. Along with that, I will actually put more than 2 seconds of thought into the booktalks before giving them, in hopes of actually enticing more kids to read said books.
  3. In order to do both #1 and #2 more effectively, I will take notes as I read. But let’s be real here, these notes will just be a post-it on the back of the book where I at least track the names of the characters.
  4. To hopefully attract more of my male students (who are tough to win over, it seems) I am going to attempt to read more books that appeal to boys. Now I just need some boys who read to help put me on that path.
  5. This year I would really like to become more involved in, and aware of, the book-world in general. I need to get that Tweety thing, read more reading blogs, and go meet some authors somewhere. If you can help, let me know!
  6. I am giving myself a pass this year. A pass to be more in control of my own reading. On reading books just because I think I should, on continuing books that are terrible, and on agreeing with others that a book was good when I didn’t think it was. Not going to happen in 2013.
  7. I have 2 daughters- a 3 year old and a 1 year old. While they both already love books (well, one likes to “read” them, the other thinks they taste good), I feel like I could really spend more time reading TO them and less time modeling reading myself. I’ve made a point to make sure they see me reading all the time, but it’s time to actually sit with them both and read a bit more.
  8. This is the year when I will finally tackle a few of those “classics” that I should have read (and sometimes pretend I have read) but never did. I know this seems to run counter-intuitive to goal #6, but that’s the way it goes I guess.
  9. To off-set #8, I am going to let myself read at least one book this year that I have already loved and adored. The Fountainhead, probably, and also The Great Gatsby in preparation for the movie. Because that movie? It. Looks. Awesome.
  10. My last goal is going to be the hardest to actually achieve, I think. I’ve already mentioned my love for audiobooks, but this is the time to take it to the next level. I load books on my ipod, plug it into my car stereo, and listen. But, I never take the darn thing out of the car. Ever. I know that ipods are transportable and that I really could be listening while doing a plethora of other things, and it’s time to just do that already. Because I was wickedly jealous of the man in Meijer the other night listening to his ipod while selecting his eggs. Genius, really.


1. I will conference with my students more about their reading.  I swear to do this all the time.  I think because I have not done it much, I don’t have the confidence.  It is a mix of not wanting to disrupt my students and not knowing what to say.  I have been reading Book Love by Penny Kittle and she has some great suggestions.  I will follow them this year.

2. I will read more of the “Classics.”  Sometimes, people are surprised about books I have not read when I am an English teacher.  I know it is giving into the stereotype, but I know there are amazing titles out there I have missed in my education.  I plan on making that up.

3. I will expand outside of YA this year.  As much as I love Young Adult Literature (I tell my students how lucky they are because of all the amazing titles they have at their disposal) and know there’s value in that so I can share the titles with students, I have many books for adults on my bookshelf and on my Nook that have been looked over for years in some cases.  I will read more of those along with my YA.

4. To go along with that, I am going to address one of my reading gaps – nonfiction.  I went through a memoir phrase a few years ago, but I have not done much informational reading.  I know I have students who enjoy these types of books and I am at a lost for titles to share with them.  Plus, the information I gain from them can help me in teaching and in life.

5. I will start sharing book trailers with my students.  I love doing book talks, but there is a whole wealth of book talking  available with book trailers to share with students.  And they are very visually appealing, which will draw in many students.

6. I will get back into reading aloud to my students.  Last year, Jacqueline and I read Wonder by RJ Palacio out loud to our tenth graders.  Many of them loved it.  I even lost it in front of one class and Jacqueline had to take over.  I started reading this year and then it fell away because I got overwhelmed about time.  However, I know the value of students being read to and will continue this again.

7. This is more writing, but I want to get back into writing again.  Being a published author is a dream I have had since I learned how to write.  However, I always give up on my writing.  I want to dedicate time to my writing again and find joy in sharing stories.

8. I will read more picture books.  I have seen the power picture books have in my own classroom.  I am still not as familiar with picture books as I would like to be in order to know newer texts to share with students.  I want to read more and bring more into my classroom.

9. I will give students more opportunities to talk about books.  I will give them the opportunities to share books in class and talk about what they are reading with each other.  As much as Jacqueline and I can talk about what we have read, a peer telling how much he or she enjoyed a book carries much more weight than anything we could say.

10.  I will continue to be an advocate for choice reading in English classrooms.  Because I am lucky to be surrounded by many like-thinking people, I forget how some educators are not sure about dedicating time to reading in class and giving students so much choice.  I was one of them a few years ago.  I could not imagine giving time in class for silent reading; now we do it almost every day.  I will use this blog and my social networks to help promote the importance of choice and getting books in students’ hands.

What are your goals this year?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books We Resolve to Read in 2013

It is a new year and we are starting off our new blog!  We are starting off with the top ten books we each resolve to read.  Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

Mrs. Terbrack

After reaching (and exceeding!) my goal of reading 100 books in 2012, I now have to try to match (or exceed!) that number in 2013. My list last year consisted of a wide variety of genres, subjects, and writing styles, some of which stretched my reading boundaries quite a bit. Here are my top ten Must-Reads for 2013, in no particular order.

1. Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by R.L. LaFevers 

Historical, fantasy, nuns who are trained assassins. I’ll be reading this one quite soon.

2. Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

This sequel to Cinder is an absolute must-read for me. I’ll be waiting for the day it is released in February!

3. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

A GoodReads 2012 book of the year, this novel is set in a lighthouse on a tiny island in Australia. I love lighthouses, islands, and Australia, so this sounds perfect for me.

4. Speaker for the Dead (Ender’s Game #2) by Orson Scott Card

I know I’m a bit late to the Ender’s Game scene, but when I read the book late in 2012 I knew this would be a series I actually finish. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this “sequel,” especially because Card says this is the book he really wanted to write, and that he wrote Ender’s Game just so this would make sense.

5. Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie

Another series that I started in 2012 and really grew to love. This dystopian society matches teenagers with their mates at an early age. For Cassia, the matching did not go as planned, and her future has been in question ever since. I can’t wait to read this third installment of the series.

6. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

I read and adored Anna and the French Kiss in 2012, and was so thrilled to hear that Perkins has written another novel that incorporates the same characters and setting, but through the lens of a completely new couple. I love  boarding school stories, and setting them in Paris just adds to the interest! Waiting until May for this will be difficult.

7. Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me was quite interesting, and I’m looking forward to this sequel. I can’t wait to learn more about the secret gifts that a small sector of this society has been endowed with, and to find out what they do with them.

8. Four Sisters, All Queens by Sherry Jones

The true story of four sisters who helped shape the course of history in Europe by marrying kings, running countries, and battling against bitter enemies. Another GoodReads top pick from 2012, and right up my alley!

9. The House I loved by Tatiana deRosnay

I read Sarah’s Key when it first came out, and have been waiting for deRosnay to write another book. This one is set in Paris and features a bold woman who refuses to leave her home despite the destruction of the world around her.

10. Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas

This is one of the books I heard the most about in 2012 from other bloggers, so I think it’s time I read it. Celeana is an assassin who has been taken before the Prince- he agrees to grant her her freedom, as long as she assists him in a competition to find a new royal assassin. As the competitors come up murdered, she must figure out why before she is killed too.

Mrs. Crawford

In 2012, I set a goal of 50 books.  I met that goal much earlier than anticipated.  I upped it to 65; I finished the year having read 70 books.  I set my goal for 75 this year.  These are the books I must read:

Classics I have never read

I will admit that there are a few books I should have read at some point but never did.  I missed them somehow.  I resolve to read these three (at least):

1. The Great Gatsbyby F. Scott Fitzgerald

I really have no idea why I have not read this one.  I loved Fitzgerald’s short stories I read in high school.  I just never had to read it.  With the movie coming out this year, I must read it before I see it.

2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

I had the teacher in eleventh grade that did not have use read this one.  Everyone raved about it, but I never quite got to it.  This is number one on my Goodreads to-read shelf.  I have to do it!

3. Fahrenheit451 by Ray Bradbury

I have read Brave New World and 1984.  My brother has told me since his senior year I need to read this one as well.  Again, I love Bradbury’s short stories.  The time has come to make sure I finally check this one off the list.

Series Books

I found myself caught up in a number of series in the last year.  These are the books coming out in 2013 that I can’t wait to get my hands on!

4. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

I read Cinder this summer and loved it.  I can’t wait to see where the series will go.

5. Requiem by Lauren Oliver

I have really loved the Delirium series so far.  Pandemonium went in a whole new direction and while I anticipated the twist at the end, what a great way to leave us all hanging and wanting more.

6. The Madness Underneath by Marueen Johnson

I devoured The Name of the Star this summer.  This was my first taste of Johnson’s writing as well.  I really liked Rory and am excited to see where she ends up next.

Other Must-Reads

These are books I have heard rave reviews about from friends over the last year that will be one of the 75 for sure.

7. Gone Girlby Gillian Flynn

This was a book everyone was talking about last year.  I received it for Christmas from my uncle and will be reading it very soon.

8. Every Day by David Levithan

EVERYONE has been talking about Levithan’s newest novel.  I have been a huge fan since I saw him speak in college.  I bought it with a gift card so it will be read soon as well.

 9. Leverage by Joshua C. Cohen

I have heard a lot about this book that deals with the important topic of bullying.  I am trying to get a lot of books dealing with this topic to my students.  I have yet to purchase it but will be soon.

10. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Carr

This is one of the choice books for 11th grade.  Jacqueline has also been telling me it is a must read.  I will probably listen to this one in the car when I am back to work.