What’s New @ Literature for Lunch?

What a busy, crazy week!  A few updates for you….

I accidentally read four novels this week!  I recently reviewed the first one, Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper.  It was a moving read with a spunky, dimensional main character named Melody.  I think that this is definitely a front runner for the Newbery.

Jenny Han = Amazing

I also read The Summer I Turned Pretty and It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han.  That was a HUGE mistake!  I have become so invested in the lives of Conrad, Belly and Jeremiah that I simply cannot wait until NEXT MAY to find out what happens.  The end of It’s Not Summer Without You…I just died.  I must have read that page 9,000 times to see if I was missing something or I could read more meaning into it or if another page would magically appear. Write faster Jenny Han! Look for two mini-reviews of these books coming soon.  Here’s a hint: I loved them.

The book Mockingbird by Kathryn Erksine is going to knock your socks off (excuse the cliche).  This poignant, emotional novel about a girl searching for empathy was beautifully written and extremely meaningful.  Not only does it give a glimpse into what it is like to live with Asperger’s syndrome but also into grief and the anatomy of a healing town after something horrific occurs.  A layered, important read.  This could also be a serious contender for the Newbery.

Finally, I have bit the bullet and am going to participate in National Novel Writing Month.  An idea came to me today, and I need where it takes me.  I would love to know if you are participating so I can cheer you on!

Anticipated Before and After Pictures for National Novel Writing Month:

Me on November 1st

Me on November 30th

Finally, check out my brand new review and teacher feature pages.  I have done a lot more reviews than I had thought.  Have a great week and happy reading!

About Jen

For as long as I can remember, I have loved to read. I have always viewed words as having a magical quality-able to transport, illuminate and inspire. I was able to parlay this love of reading into a career as a language arts teacher and am able to encourage students every day to find books that “speak” to them. I decided to blog about the books I read because books are meant to be shared and discussed. 🙂

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8 Responses to What’s New @ Literature for Lunch?

  1. Jenny says:

    Wow, you’ve been busy this week! And yay for participating in National Novel Writing Month, that’s so exciting, can’t wait to hear how much you get accomplished:)

  2. I am OBSESSED with Jenny Han. Seriously. I read both “Summer” books this past summer and I fell in love. I can’t wait for the 3rd book either. I adore Belly! Yay for the teacher feature page. I will absolutely check it out. BTW, that story starter from Haddix- I passed it along to a few other teachers as well…..a bunch of us are going to use it next week…so thank you!! So you are going to do it? National Novel Writing Month? I am still undecided. I really want to, but am SO afraid I won’t have time. I should just give it a try…..we have conferences in Nov. It’s an insane month!!! Either way, I will definitely root you on!

    • Jen says:

      I am obsessed with her as well! I need to read Shug – some of the students in my junior high writing club swear by it. I am not sure I can wait until May for the final installment of the Summer series… and the last book is titled We’ll Always Have Summer – what is that supposed to mean? I really hope that she ends up with Jeremiah. I would be super sad if she ended up with no one.

      I am glad that your fellow teachers found the writing prompt to be useful! I am excited to see if any of my students get their ending published next week.

      I figure the worst thing that can happen with the National Novel Writing Month is that I write nothing. I am just going to see how it goes. Even if I write a little, it will have been a success for me. :) I hope you decide to do it!

  3. You’ve had a busy week! I’m kinda of REALLY jealous. I’ve been only able to read one book this week. Darn midterms. When my last one finishes, my finals start. Who thought up this wacky test schedule? /random rant on your blog. lol.

    I’ve never heard of Jenny Han (what HAVE I heard of? :/), but I’ll be on the look-out for your mini-reviews. They sound amazingly good! Actually, scratch that. All of the books you’ve read this week sound good. I’ve just added all four to my tbr. I blame you for my constantly growing tbr list. :P

    • Jen says:

      You MUST read Jenny Han’s Summer series. The books are so amazing. Ha ha – you always write about books that I need to add to my TBR list.

  4. lol, you ‘accidentally’ read 4 books? Woot! And yay! I’m so glad you loved the Summer novels by Jenny Han! I love them too and I also had a very similar reaction when I finished the end of the second novel… I CAN’T WAIT FOR “WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE SUMMER”!! (Only capital letters could express how I was feeling!)