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Happy national library week!

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Holler If You Hear Me


“But as I was coming to discover, that’s part of what teaching is about: the willingness to explore with kids, to reach with them, to follow a dimly lit path together, often unaware of the dazzling surprises that may wait around the bend.” ~Gregory Michie

In my multicultural class, we read “Holler If You Hear Me” by Gregory Michie this past month. The first week, we were assigned the first 100 pages, and I sarcastically thought, “Oh boy this will be fun.” How wrong I was! I ended up reading the 100 pages in two days and thoroughly enjoying them!

In this book, Michie describes his journey as a teacher. Although he didn’t major in education, Michie found himself teaching African American and Hispanic students in Chicago. I appreciated Michie’s honestly as he told of his victories and failures in the classroom.

Each chapter focuses on a different student or group of students. At the end of each chapter, Michie includes an interview with a student, offering the reader a chance to see things from the student’s perspective. Throughout the book, Michie addresses topics such as discipline, cultural differences, gangs, and racism. Michie encourages teachers to have a positive attitude towards all students and to help students build on their strengths. I would highly recommend this book to anyone working with kids because I think that, along with Michie, we can learn from the stories of these amazing children.

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Smell of Books


I loved this quote from my current obsession–Doctor Who! Even with kindles and nooks, nothing can replace the smell and feel of a real book!

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Les Miserables

Les Miserables

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No doubt about it, “Les Miserables” is an incredible story! I first heard the story as a kid when I listened to the radio drama (Focus on the Family Radio Theatre). Years later, I fell in love with the book. I’ve always been disappointed with the movie versions of the book–until now! I would have never guessed that the musical would follow the book’s plot better than any of the movies I’ve seen! Beautiful music and an incredible, heart-wrenching story combined! Honestly, I was a bit skeptical about this movie, but I was pleasantly surprised! So now I’m rereading the book just because it is that good!

And in case you were wondering, after seeing the musical, Inspector Javert still is (and probably forever will be) my favorite character.

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Old Book: The Spinster Book

This book absolutely cracks me up! “The Spinster Book” by Myrtle Reed is a guide on how to be witty, charming, and flirtatious in order to un-spinster yourself. It includes helpful chapters, like “Notes on Men,” “The Natural History of Proposals,” and “The Consolations of Spinsterhood.” It was written in 1901, and this copy is a reprinting from 1903. Not only is it good for a laugh, it is a gorgeous, soft red leather, old book! I love the bright cover, unevenly cut pages, and Victorian-style language that fills the pages! Although it’s not very flattering to men, the book includes helpful advice for women, for example, “Men are but children of a larger growth.” One of my favorite parts is a three-page dialogue between a man and woman:

Time, evening. Man is reading a story in a current magazine to the Girl he is calling upon.

Man. “Are you interested in this?”

Girl. “Certainly, but I can think of other things too, can’t I?”

Man. “That depends on the ‘other things.’ What are they?”

Girl. (Calmly.) “I was just thinking that you are an extremely handsome man, but of course you know that.”

Man. (Crimsoning to his temples.) “You flatter me!” (Resumes reading.)

Girl. (Awaits developments.)

Man. (After a little.) “I didn’t know you thought I was good-looking.”

Girl. (Demurely.) “Didn’t you?”…

So yes, this is how I’m entertaining myself over Thanksgiving break.

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Adoption Awareness Month

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“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” ~James 1:27

Since November is National Adoption Awareness Month, I have decided to read a book this month about adoption/orphans. I would love it if others joined me in this challenge! I’m excited to see how God works this month!

I’d like to make a list of books about adoption, so if you’ve read/are reading a great book about adoption, let me know! I read “Silent Tears” by Kay Bratt several years ago, so now I’m looking forward to reading more adoption books!

Even if you don’t read a book about adoption this month, please take time to pray for orphans and adopting families!

I’ve started a page with a list of adoption books if you’re interested: Books about Adoption/Orphans

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New book: Amy Signs

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This semester, I’m thoroughly enjoying my third sign language class! It’s been so much fun to learn ASL and about Deaf culture. My instructor, Amy, is deaf and teaches everything in ASL, which makes the class one of the most interesting (and quietest) classes I’ve taken. Since I’ve learned so much from her, I was excited when I found out that she was publishing a book she wrote with her mom. Last Friday I went to a seminar where Amy and her mom talked about the book. Once I got there and saw the book, I knew I’d have to buy one!

In the book, Amy and her mom describe what it was like to be/raise a child who was deaf. I’ve only glanced through the book, but I can already tell that Amy’s spunky personality, independence, love of Deaf culture, and humor shine through her writing! Although it was mainly written for parents of children who are deaf, I think anyone would enjoy reading it, especially if they have interests related to special education. It’s not a heavy textbook, but the beautiful memoirs of a mother and her daughter. I’m super excited to read it! And of course I’m quite pleased with my autographed copy!

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Book of the Summer!

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This summer, I loved having time to just sit outside and read! I almost made it through my list of books to read and read a few books that weren’t on the list! By far my favorite book was The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. I had heard a few people mention the book and say it was really good, so I decided to give it a try.

Set in the 1800s, The Woman in White weaves together the accounts of several of the book’s characters to tell a story full of romance, suspense, and mystery.

When Walter Hartright goes to teach art to two sisters living with their ill-disposed uncle, his life unexpectedly changes. He finds himself falling hopelessly in love and investigating the identity of a mysterious woman.

Although the book does somewhat reflect the style of the 1800s, it isn’t as dark as authors like Dickens. One thing I really enjoyed about this book was reading the story from the different characters’ perspectives. I definitely would recommend this book to anyone–SO GOOD!!!  Collins did a beautiful job writing this story, and I look forward to reading his other books!

So as I’m making another list of books to read (in preparation for Christmas break!), does anyone have a favorite book from the summer they would recommend?

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