Every Breath You Take by Judith McNaught Book Review


Every Breath You Take by Judith McNaught

Goodreads Summary:

Unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and riveting suspense: These are the trademarks of beloved author Judith McNaught. With millions of devoted fans and ten New York Times bestsellers to date, McNaught is a writer whose work just gets better with each new novel–and Every Breath You Take is the book readers have been waiting for. Returning to the lavish Chicago setting of her popular novel Paradise, and revisiting some of that book’s characters as well, this story will captivate in inimitable Judith McNaught style.

High atop a snow-covered hill, the stately old Wyatt mansion is perched like a crown, its stone spires pointing upward, its stained glass windows glowing like colorful jewels. Such opulence means success and, surely, happiness. But on the eve of wealthy philanthropist Cecil Wyatt’s eightieth birthday, all the money in the world won’t bring back his missing grandson, William Wyatt. The only thing for certain: Foul play was involved.

The family, the police, the media–all have tried in vain to discover the young man’s fate. Now suspicion has turned shockingly toward William’s own half-brother, the rather distant and enigmatic Mitchell Wyatt.

Kate Donovan never dreamed that a chance romantic encounter on a tropical island paradise would tag her as a suspect in a high-society murder case. But after Kate tangles with the darkly charismatic Mitchell Wyatt, she finds herself cast in a shadow of guilt and mistrust. As the Chicago police tighten their net, it will take all of Kate’s ingenuity to clear her name. With her calm, cool wit, and the help of a man who may or may not be a dangerous catch, Kate vows to claim the life and love she desires.

My Thoughts:

This is the first romantic book I’ve read in awhile, and it lived up to my expectations. A complicated situation though,that at one point I wanted to grab both of them and say- HEY, WAKE UP!!!!!! 🙂

Quite a range of emotions in this one-actually, enough to think it’s pretty realistic. Sweet and tender. A love that is intoxicating. That leaves you breathless.

Just the kind of book that lets you escape from real life for a little bit!

4 out of 5 stars

Thanksgiving Randomness

My side of the family got together tonight for our Thanksgiving meal. We ate at Longhorn Steakhouse- this is 3rd year we’ve decided to eat out instead of at one of our homes.

It was a fun time as usual. So fun that we forgot to take a picture. Yep. Why do I seem to end up always forgetting???

So here’s a picture I took when I got home after doing some laundry. A friend had borrowed our tent paid me back with this:


I LOVE it! And it ended up matching my laundry room PERFECTLY!

So I asked her if she needed to borrow anything else!!!! 🙂

I’m now sitting here about to dive back into a mystery I started this morning. On the other hand, I’m trying to decide what online math site I want to use for my 6th graders to practice with. I’m wanting something common core aligned, visually appeasing, shows me progress, and easy to use and navigate.

I’ve heard about ten marks so I’ll be checking it out. Have thought about khan academy as well.

Any ideas or suggestions?

We only go to school 2 days this week and will be out for Thanksgiving Wednesday-Sunday. Yippee!! I’m looking forward to some down time!

I want to go shopping. Gasp! Did I just day that?? I’m not a shopper. But I want some new curtains and pillows for our living room!

Well, I guess that’s about all of the randomness you can stand for one post. 🙂

Have a great Monday!

Good Questioning

Edutopia has some great articles, and I found one that talked about using good questions with your students that promote higher level thinking.

Here’s the graphic that was created by someone with the 5 questions.


I’m almost thinking that these are the only 5 questions I’ll ever need to ask again! Lol!

Here’s the link to the article.

Math Laughs

This post is for anyone who needs a good laugh!

First of all, they were working with partners and in groups throughout math today. At one point one student summons me over by raising his hand and saying VERY excitedly,” Mrs. Shannon , come here- I got it, I got it.”

I head over to him. Bend down and ask him what he’s thinking, to explain it to me. He stares at his whiteboard. Doesn’t say anything. So I say again-what are you thinking. He starts laughing. Says I’ve put him on the spot. I start laughing and say,”You’re the one who called me over here!”

We both laugh a good one at that.

Then I start videoing them working in groups. I have to say this is the funniest video I’ve gotten so far this year!

Notice the last boy on the right. So. Matter. Of. Fact. 🙂

CCRS Training

There are a few of us at our school that are new to the implementation team for our College and Career Readiness Standards. We went to our first training session today.

It. Was. Great.

We talked about the 3 big shifts.


And oh lordie- the writing we are supposed to be doing! 🙂


I will say that we are doing more writing than we have ever done before, but I still need to beef it up even more!!! 🙂

The state coach showed us how to take an objective and really break it down for the students and keep referring back to it through out the lesson. She used an example with a literacy standard in a history lesson.


And of course rigor was discussed. 🙂


It was a very productive day that gave me a lot to think about!

Can’t wait for our school to hopefully collaborate!!