Tag Archives: summer reading

Free Audiobooks of the Week

SYNCHEAD-150x150Don’t forget to check out the Sync audiobooks this week!

The contemporary book is completely new to me. I’m not familiar with the book or the author. It’s A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty. I’m just going with the description from Sync: “The first in a rousing, funny, genre-busting trilogy from bestseller Jaclyn Moriarty! This is a tale of missing persons. Madeleine and her mother have run away from their former life, under mysterious circumstances, and settled in a rainy corner of Cambridge (in our world). Elliot, on the other hand, is in search of his father, who disappeared on the night his uncle was found dead. The talk in the town of Bonfire (in the Kingdom of Cello) is that Elliot’s dad may have killed his brother and run away with the Physics teacher. But Elliot refuses to believe it. And he is determined to find both his dad and the truth. As Madeleine and Elliot move closer to unraveling their mysteries, they begin to exchange messages across worlds — through an accidental gap that hasn’t appeared in centuries. But even greater mysteries are unfolding on both sides of the gap: dangerous weather phenomena called “color storms;” a strange fascination with Isaac Newton; the myth of the “Butterfly Child,” whose appearance could end the droughts of Cello; and some unexpected kisses…  ”

Sounds interesting.

The classic book is Bram Stoker’s Dracula, if not the original vampire tale, perhaps the most well known. If you haven’t read it already, I highly recommend it. It kind of puts all other vampire stories in perspective, especially if they are going to play with the mythology. If you watch the TV series The Strain, this can be a particularly good companion to it because Guillermo del Toro really uses Stoker’s mythology as the basis for creating his own, new mythology for vampires. In fact, I first read Dracula right before I read The Strain so that I could have some good vampire context.

(Oh, and hey, if you’re playing Bingo, Dracula would be a great choice for a book that’s over 100 years old!)


Summer Reading Challenge ’15

It’s June (although it feels like late March)! That means we’re almost done for this year. Which means it’s time for the Summer Reading Challenge! *cue a Kermit the Frog like excited yell complete with flapping arms*

kermit(Oh, look, I found one)

This year we’re going back to an old standard…Summer Reading Bingo! You can download the sheet (Summer Reading Bingo 2015) or pick one up from in front of Mrs. Neft’s desk. There’s a free space for your summer reading book…because we all have to read that. Then start drawing lines or making designs with your reading.

Anyone who completes a row will be eligible for junk when we return in September. If you complete more than a row, you will be eligible for fabulous junque. Complete the whole board and maybe the zombie kittens will make a return to campus.

zombie kittens

Not sure where to find a book you can read in one day? Or what books were published the year you were born? Keep an eye on this here blog and I’ll be posting reading lists that should cover each of the categories. Got a title you want to suggest for one of the categories? Let me know!

Oh, and audiobooks totally count!

As always, participation in the summer reading challenge is just for fun and no one is required to read anything more than your summer reading book.

Anything you read starting TODAY (6/2) counts!

Reading Update

So, it’s been a while since I’ve posted about what I’ve been reading. I’ve made it through a bunch of books in that time.

I’ve listened to two audiobooks: Jepp Who Defied the Stars by Katherine Marsh and Kill Me Softly by Sara Cross. Jepp is a great book about a court dwarf who wants to know more about who he is and where he comes from, and in the meantime creates a new destiny for himself. We have this in the library (thanks to a donation from Mr. and Mrs. Nugent), so I’ll be recommending it to some of you in the fall.

I picked up Kill Me softly because it’s a nominee for Teens Top Ten and, because I’m on the committee, I volunteered to make a book trailer for it. The trailers have been put on hold, for now, so I don’t have one yet, but it was a fun book about a town where a group of kids live with fairy tale curses.


These count as my historical fiction and fantasy stories (I moved Marathon to my graphic novel block…I originally though Jepp was going to be more fantasy, but it really wasn’t so I had to adjust).

I read one ebook, my mystery, In the Blood by Steve Robinson. It’s the first of a mystery series involving a genealogist. This was my book club’s pick for July. It was okay, but I didn’t love it.


As for paper books…I read a scary one and one that I loved in grade school. My scary book was 172 Hours on the Moon. It’s about a mission to the moon that includes three teenagers. What NASA didn’t tell anyone was that they suspect there’s something evil on the moon. I just know this one is going to be made into a movie.

My favorite from grade school was E. L. Konigsburg’s From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler. I loved this book about a brother and sister who decide to run away and hide out in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I still love it!


So, here’s what my Bingo card looks like now:


Camp ends this Friday and I took home a stack of books last night in anticipation of more reading time!

Hope you’re all enjoying yourselves!