Girl Stuff

Now, it’s true that I probably like to read “boy books” more than I like to read “girl books,” even though that is a totally silly thing to say.  Books and stories have something to teach everyone, so it shouldn’t be an issue.  Read what you want, find characters that inspire you, get lost in a great plot!  However, I am also guilty of picking books by their covers as well, so I always end up with more boy-oriented stories.  They are grittier and darker and have cool graphics and intense lettering on the front.  I tend to shy away from cupcakes and flowers, pictures of a girl whispering into another girl’s ear, anything that indicates a book has to do with fashion or dating or puppies, contains girl drama, looks like a diary, or has fancy writing to spell out the title.  I don’t know why, but at least knowing this about myself MAKES me pick up books that I wouldn’t normally choose, and it’s my job to build a well-balanced library for my classroom because not everyone likes what I like.  I try to be as fair as possible when I head out to buy books because the books aren’t for me. (The books aren’t for me, the books aren’t for me, the books aren’t for me.  I have to remind myself that sometimes!)

So today, as I am preparing my list to go to the library later (yep, I make a “shopping list” for the library), I was excited to find this blog post at The Nerdy Book Club first thing this morning!  Here is a great list about strong female characters in young adult literature.  What a coincidence!  It’s not a surprise that I have read NONE of these books, not even Matilda.  Heck, I haven’t even seen the movie for Matilda!  As of this moment, I am most interested in reading the Enola Holmes books.  Sherlock’s Holmes’ sister? Awesome! (He’s my favorite and I love it when an author puts a spin on another well-known character.  These are about his little sister’s detective adventures.  Can she beat him at solving a mystery?  I wonder…)  I also want to read Chains, by Laurie Halse Anderson, because I’ve read and enjoyed some of her other books already.  The story of The Lions of Little Rock also sounds really good to me, so I’ll look for that as well.  You can’t see my computer screen right now, but I have the Nerdy Book Club blog, my blog, and my local library’s webpage open all at the same time while I’m searching for these books.  I take my library trips seriously!

Check out this list of books about strong and interesting girls and see if you can’t add a few to your summer reading list. I’m going to to try, too, so check back later for some recommendations-

http://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2012/07/07/top-ten-girl-power-books-middle-grade/

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Last/Current/Next

Here’s a game I like to play with some of my friends in another book club.  Post what you just finished reading, what you are reading now, and what you’ve got on deck to read next.  I’m always reminding my students to make a reading plan and to make a note of what you would like to read next, whether it’s the next book in a series or something that caught your eye at the bookstore.  I spent time over the weekend browsing some book reviews, downloading reading samples onto my Nook, and creating a reading “wish list” in preparation for summer vacation. (I know.  I’m a big nerd. And this didn’t even take into account the books I already have here waiting for me!)

Here’s what my reading plan looks like right now:

  • Last: Maroo of the Winter Caves (for school), Jeneration X (at home)
  • Current: The Westing Game (for silent reading time), The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict (at home)
  • Next: A Dance with Dragons (book 5 in a massive fantasy series for adults)

What about you? What’s your plan?