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???

Run, Read, Teach


2014 is going to be an awesome year for running!

If anybody needs a spreadsheet to track your running/walking miles-HERE YOU GO! It’s sort of cute if I do say so myself! 🙂

#500in2014 Spreadsheet


Don’t think I’m going to meet my Goodreads Reading Challenge for this year. Goal was 200, and I’m on book# 175. Oh, well. Will shoot for it again in 2014!! 🙂




I can’t wait to tell my 6th graders next week that we will start blogging in mid January!!!!!!!!! I’ve already set up a blog for us at Kidblog. We will take about 1 1/2 weeks to learn all about blogging before we dive in. 

Wadley 6th Grade



And there you go. A short summary of my current thoughts on what makes me who I am- I RUN READ TEACH. 🙂

Library Party

I need to have a library party tomorrow. Or Monday. Or Tuesday. But definitely before January 1st.

Why you ask?

Because my goal this year was to read 200 books. I mean I even put it out there on

AND-I’ve only read 173. Yikes!!

Yes, I know that the BOOK POLICE will NOT come banging on my door. And the GOALS DETECTIVES won’t be investigating.

BUT-I set this challenge for myself, and by golly I don’t want to fail!


See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne Book Review


See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne

Goodreads Summary:

I know who you are.

When Riley first gets the postcard tucked into her bag, she thinks it’s a joke. Then she finds a birth certificate for a girl named Jane Elizabeth O’Leary hidden inside her baby book.

Riley’s parents have always been pretty overprotective. What if it wasn’t for her safety…but fear of her finding out their secret? What have they been hiding? The more Riley digs for answers, the more questions she has.

The only way to know the truth? Find out what happened to Jane O’Leary.

“A fast-paced thriller.”–Kirkus Reviews

“What a ride! Full of twists and turns — including an ending you won’t see coming!”–April Henry, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

My Thoughts:

I have to admit there were several times when I wanted Riley to just ask the question, ask it already. A little annoying but not enough to stop reading. 

This is a great YA novel with just the right hint of suspense, some twists to keep you guessing, mixed in with a healthy dose of teenage life.

Wanting to read another one by this author!

4 out of 5 stars

Little Blog on the Prairie Book Review


Little Blog on the Prairie by Cathleen Davitt Bell

Goodreads Summary:

Gen’s family is more comfortable spending time apart than together. Then Gen’s mom signs them up for Camp Frontier—a vacation that promises the “thrill” of living like 1890s pioneers. Forced to give up all of her modern possessions, Gen nevertheless manages to email her friends back home about life at “Little Hell on the Prairie,” as she’s renamed the camp. It turns out frontier life isn’t without its good points—like the cute boy who lives in the next clearing. And when her friends turn her emails into a blog, Gen is happily surprised by the fanbase that springs up. But just when it seems Gen and family might pull through the summer, disaster strikes as a TV crew descends on the camp, intent on discovering the girl behind the nationwide blogging sensation—and perhaps ruining the best vacation Gen has ever had.

My Thoughts:

My husband would LOVE this kind of life! The family vacation for the entire summer is to live on a frontier as one would have back in 1890. A hard life! Gen, who is 13 and doesn’t want to go on this family vacation, sneaks her cell phone with her and texts her friends, one of who creates a blog with the text messages. Yeah, you figured it out-all heck breaks loose eventually.

I laughed out loud SEVERAL times throughout this book-it was mostly lighthearted and quick witted.I will say that being married to a hobby farmer I can relate somewhat to a lot of what happens. I’ll go ahead and admit it that sometimes I, too, want to escape from it all-the busyness, the craziness, the fast paced lifestyle that we live in today. 

I really enjoyed this one.

4 out of 5 stars 

Book Blogging Extraordinaire

I just went through all of my “read” books on my goodreads account and made a “not yet reviewed” shelf for them. OH MY WORD. I only went back about 2 years. I ended up adding 332 books to this shelf.

So now my goal is to review them here on my blog. I have been reviewing books on my blog for quite awhile, but OBVIOUSLY not ALL of the ones I’m reading. Good grief- I never thought there were THAT many that I had not reviewed!! 🙂

I had recently applied to be a CYBILS judge and was not accepted. When I really started thinking about why I might not have been accepted I came to this conclusion:

1. YES, I read ALL the time.

2. YES, I review these books on goodreads.

3. NO, I don’t review them on my blog like I thought I did. LOL!

I want to catch up. How in the world am I going to do this? I still want to blog about teaching, etc. I think there’s an unwritten rule out there to NOT publish more than 1 blog post each day. Uh-oh. 🙂

So what’s a girl to do? Hmmm……

I don’t want it to take me 14 years to get caught up on my book blogging. I mean it’s not like I’m NOT going to be reading anything currently and needing to blog about these books as well.

Any suggestions? Do I dare to break the blogging etiquette rule? Do I get caught up when I turn 81 years old? 🙂


Oh, and here’s my “not reviewed yet” goodreads bookshelf:

And, yes, I’m going to break the bloggy rule for tonight anyway.

But please weigh in with your opinion!


It’s Monday-What Are You Reading? 9/23/13

Here we are with another chance to share wonderful books with each other thanks to Jen and Kellee over at Teach Mentor Texts and Sheila over at Book Journey who both sponsor this great meme each week for young adult/children and adult respectively!

Here we go again. Last IMWAYR post was 9/2/13. Why in the world can I not do this on a weekly basis?????????? And I’m too tired tonight to go back and pull in ALL the books I’ve read since that post. 🙂

So here’s a link to my “read” page on goodreads. You know-if you have NOTHING else to do and are COMPLETELY bored out of your mind! 🙂

Middle Grade Reads

How to Eat Fried WormsAll Alone in the Universe

Amulet, Vol. 1: The Stonekeeper (Amulet, #1)9454475

Kid Books

The Chalk Box Kid (Stepping Stone Books)

Adult Books

Cemetery Girl

Liked ALL of these books this week. And let me tell you, I did not want to put down Cemetery Girl at all!! It was so nice to read an adult book again. I’m trying to keep up with my 6th graders and their reading this year. Actually, I’m trying to beat them-especially one of them who is neck and neck with me right now. I’ve given them a challenge to read at least 40 books this year. Then I went a little further and challenged them to “beat the teacher” and read more books than me. Oh my word! Garrett is keeping me on my toes! 🙂

What have you read lately that you didn’t want to put down?

Flipped Book Review


Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

Goodreads Summary:

Flipped is a romance told in two voices. The first time Juli Baker saw Bryce Loski, she flipped. The first time Bryce saw Juli, he ran. That’s pretty much the pattern for these two neighbors until the eighth grade, when, just as Juli is realizing Bryce isn’t as wonderful as she thought, Bryce is starting to see that Juli is pretty amazing. How these two teens manage to see beyond the surface of things and come together makes for a comic and poignant romance.

My Thoughts:

Talk about a character change. Told from 2 different points of view, this book had me mesmerized. Love the author’s style. Can’t wait to read the next one by her!!

Great upper elementary grade book! Maybe 5th and up. 🙂

5 of 5 stars

It’s Monday- What Are You Reading? 6/3/13

Here we are with another chance to share wonderful books with each other thanks to Jen and Kellee over at Teach Mentor Texts and Sheila over at Book Journey who both sponsor this great meme each week for young adult/children and adult respectively!

This is what I read for the  past 2 weeks since I didn’t join in last Monday:


What a Girl Wants (Ashley Stockingdale, #1)

Upper Grades

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. FiggFlipped

Younger Grades

Utterly Me, Clarice BeanClifford The Small Red Puppy

Picture Books

Oh Brother!: A Nico and Tugger Tale.Elmer


And I read a Harcourt leveled reader book about ecosystems.

And I finished Notice and Note- Close Reading by Kylene Beers and Bob Probst. Another teacher and I are hosting a twitter book chat about this book on June 6, 13, 20 at 8pm CST. Hashtag is #NNNchat. Join us beginning this Thursday!! You can read a tiny description of the book here at Goodreads. We will be discussing Part 1 this Thursday:

Role of fiction,rigor, intellectual communities, close reading, text dependent questions, text complexity, creating lifelong learners

Kylene Beers has even said she will try to join us for the chat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You can follow me on twitter at @shannonclark7.

We have also created a facebook group to be able to continue the conversation as long as we need to. Find our group HERE.

Are you participating in any book studies or book chats this summer?



Oh Brother! Picture Book Review

First of all I just had to share this picture. Now this is my idea of PARADISE!! Covered in books. 🙂

I was able to read this ADORABLE little picture book in exchange for a review. This happened as a result of being part of the wonderful community of GOODREADS! These opinions are my own however! 🙂 I wasn’t paid for the review. Although now that I think about it….that sounds like an AWESOME job to have. Read books for a living.

Oh Brother!: A Nico and Tugger Tale.Oh Brother! by Kimberly Sentek

Goodreads Summary:

Two stories in one – double the reading fun! Meet Nico and Tugger, two dogs that became brothers. Their story is an endearing and fun look at sibling rivalry. – from two points of view.

My Thoughts:

A wonderfully sweet tale of two tails. 🙂

Told from two different points of view-Nico and Tugger is an endearing story of puppy feelings. And I think dogs DO have feelings like this!!

They have to come to terms with each other-one is the “only” dog until the other one becomes part of the family.

A cute children’s book written in rhyme.

I absolutely ADORE the front cover. How cute are their tails forming a heart?? Be still my own heart. 🙂

Thanks to Kimberly Sentek for giving me this opportunity to read and review this awesome book!!

5 of 5 stars