Book/Office Organization

I’m too tired to crank out my reading challenges post OR my #oneword post.

Because THIS is what I’ve been doing today (along with taking down Christmas stuff, laundry, etc….). 🙂





I would show you the BEFORE pictures, but I’m too embarrassed!! 🙂

There’s still a lot I want to do, but for now….. I’ll just look around and feel proud!

Do you have an office or book room in your house??

First Book of the Year 2014


The amazing Sheila over at Book Journey is having some fun with THE FIRST BOOK OF THE YEAR that she hosts each year. It’s a chance to pick a book that you’ve been wanting to read (or reread) and bring in the new year with it.
I’ve decided to ring-bring in 2014 with:

The Program by Suzanne Young.


The Program (The Program #1)

by Suzanne Young (Goodreads Author)
In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.
Doesn’t that make you want to read it? I know it does me!! 🙂
Here’s a little bio from Goodreads about the author, Suzanne Young:
Suzanne Young currently lives in Tempe, Arizona where she teaches high school English and obsesses about books. She’s the author of A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL, A WANT SO WICKED, and THE PROGRAM. Learn more about Suzanne at
UPDATE-I started this book today, and it started with a BANG!
My husband took this picture of me and my ipad. It only took us 314 times to figure out that oh, I can change the background color so it won’t show up as just whited out!! 🙂 Even though I will ALWAYS prefer holding an actual book in my hand when I read, I do have to say that being able to immediately download a book to my kindle and then being able to read it on my ipad or iphone is WONDERFUL. It makes me love technology THAT MUCH MORE! 🙂



Oh yeah, that’s NOT a furry animal on our coffee table-it’s a hat that my husband LOVES to wear. Even if he does look Russian in it. 🙂

What’s the 1st book you will be reading this year???

New York Children’s Book List 2013

Great children’s books from 2013. A list created by the NY Public Library.

Make sure when you go to this site that you look in the right corner of the page and toggle back and forth between the list and covers view. Oh, how beautiful are those covers! They just make my heart melt!

New York Public Library 100 Children Book Title for Reading and Sharing

Thanks, Maureen, for sending me this link on Facebook today! 🙂

LOOK HOW PRETTY BOOK COVERS ARE. I’ll never understand why some people don’t like to read! 🙂


Jodi Picoult Books

Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors because of her ability to write about such heartfelt real life issues- usually controversial ones or ones that can be discussed at length with many viewpoints!

And her writing style is just breathtaking.

Oh, and her talent for creating such in depth characters. Sometimes I love em. Sometimes I don’t. But they are always true to life.

Since I have elevated her to star status, let me show you what I just bought myself for my birthday.


Now- which one do I dig into first?

The lesson plans and stack of papers to grade will just have to wait until tomorrow!

Has someone caught the reading bug?

I’ve had the reading bug for years. I think it’s getting worse. You will HARDLY EVER find me without a book to read. In the car. At the farm. Everywhere. My husband laughs at me. (Mostly) 🙂

I hope I never get cured. I like this sickness.

I also hope that my students (or a lot of them) will catch the reading bug from me. To be forever infected.

Take a look at this picture. Judge for yourself.

Does anyone look like they may have caught it????!!!??


🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂


Biblionasium Excitement

If you haven’t heard of Biblionasium for your classroom- go and check it out NOW! 🙂

It’s like for kids. My 6th graders are going to record the books they read this year in their reading notebooks, but also in this FAB website. Then they can see what their classmates are reading and can even send book recommendations to each other!