Monday, April 23, 2012

happy Monday: vol. 3: 2 books & a snack

1. "The Knife of Never Letting Go" by Patrick Ness. It's an art to construct a snappily paced page-turner. I've already added the remainder of the trilogy to my summer reading list. How much of the list I'll get through is up for debate, as I'll be teaching summer school for 4 weeks and attending my own summer school for 6 weeks, but hope springs eternal when you love to read ... :)
2. Parmesan garlic bagel chips. You know people love you when they bring this back for you as an omiyage (souvenir/travel gift) from Las Vegas. They come in a cylindrical plastic container and need to go in a carry-on unless you plan on giving away bagel powder. The chips are delicately crispy when you first bite into them, and then they just about melt away in your mouth. Utterly addictive.

3. "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio. This book reminds me of Gennifer Choldenko's "Al Capone Does My Shirts" in some ways, as both books are about extraordinary children and their sometimes difficult lives among the so-called "normal" people. Some of the YA fiction I read is enjoyable and good in itself but nothing I would re-read or recommend. This one is a book I will be passing along and recommending to others, and it will probably get a spot on my annual roundup of best reads.


  1. Thanks for the book recs - I love a good book :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  2. garlic bagel chips is yummy. Sounds like a good snack to go along with a book...thanks for the recommendation. The Wonder book cover has an intriguing design. Sounds interesting


  3. You're welcome, Annie. :) I've considered starting a different blog just for book stuff ... but I don't think I'd have the time to maintain it! So I just squeeze in my book nerd stuff here. :)

  4. Mongs -- I love having a little free time to relax with a good book and snack. :) And I think Wonder is a great book to help kids develop empathy for those who appear different.


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