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The Book I Want to Be

Recently I have had the honor of reviewing books for Favorite Reads, which has made me realize that, although an avid reader, I am not a "thorough" reader. Sure, I read fast and constantly add up the number of volumes consumed, but do I really absorb all that I read?
I love placing new titles on my classroom shelf, but this reviewing process has given me pause as to what I am actually "feeding" my students. I am currently enjoying Not Like You by Deborah Davis, which was on a student's wish list to add to the classroom library. After reading the first few pages I knew that this was NOT appropriate fodder for my 8th grade girls. Sure, they may (probably are) wise to the content, but it is NOT my responsibility to reinforce this knowledge. (I am working on the basis that my mother would have had a cow if she thought that I was being exposed to said carnal thoughts at 12, 13, or 14 years of age.)
So...I offer Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick as a good alternative read. Anything by Deb Caletti or Sarah Dessen is good too.
For my guys (not trying to be sexist...just a realist) The Absolute True Diary of a Part Time Indian is still one of my favorite reads, but I caution those fellows still in the "giggly" stage that this may be a bit too "real" for them.
Of course "The Hunger Games" is the perfect read for any gender or age. Can't wait for the movie...and I can't believe that I, the anti-movie let's change the written word to fit what society wants to see person,, just got excited about a media version of the book...just sayin....
There's always the Inkheart series for the serious book worm and fantasy lover.
I recently discovered another diary-type series that is much more age appropriate for those Pretty Little Liar fans...Look for The California Diaries by Ann M. Martin...oh, and what am I thinking....how about my own Abby? (Gotta get my plug, right?)
Well, I have veered from  my original path, but I what I'm saying is, my reading has become much more reflective of late, and I am grateful for Favorite Reads and the effect that this reviewing experience has had for me.
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