With a name like Storie I definitely grew up with a love for reading. For the past few years, I have kept a list of all the books I read for enjoyment. I don't think it would surprise anyone to hear that my reading took a drastic nosedive right after my daughter was born and it is just starting to pick up again. I saw that Pitner's Potpourri was hosting a linky party that celebrates what's on your reading wishlist and knew I had to join in!
This linky party has each participant sharing one professional book you want to read, one book you want to read strictly for pleasure, and one book you want to use to teach a skill in your classroom. Alright, here goes:
The Common Core Lesson Book K-5 by Gretchen Owocki
This was a Christmas gift from my principal. I will tell you that it sat untouched over Christmas break - okay, that's not 100% true. My daughter did try to pick it up off the table a few times :) Anyhow, it is on my wishlist of professional books to read. We are currently in a state of transition to the common core so I am trying to get myself acquainted with the gaps between our current grade level expectations and those of the common core. I hope this book will be useful!
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Here's the description from amazon.com:
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
Book to Teach a Skill
You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together
Last summer I read on someone's blog about this book and how they not only used it for choral reading, but also used it during a fairy tale genre study. I would LOVE to get my hands on a copy of this book and use it with my students.
Now, I might be breaking the rules of the linky a little bit, but I think it's only fair to share a few books that I have recently finished, too:
Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer
Spotting for Nellie by Pamela Lowell
Three Girls and a Baby by Rachel Schurig