Stacking the Shelves (4/9/16)

It’s been a big week for books in our house!stsmall_thumb2.png

As I look at all of these new books on our shelves, I know I have to write a Stacking the Shelves post!


First, my team and I received copies of professional development books at work.

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Photo credit: Kim Lowden (@ms_itech)

We’ve been waiting for these titles to arrive for quite some time, so it was a really exciting¬†day to come back from spring break and find the books waiting for us!

The first of the three titles that we are going to read is Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros (@gcouros). This book appeals to me, largely, because of my graduate work studying creativity and innovation.¬†Besides discussing the book with one another, several of my coworkers and I are also participating in the #reflectiveteacher book study for this book¬†on Twitter, Tuesday nights through the month of April.

I’ve already read Daring Greatly by Bren√© Brown (@BreneBrown), and I’m looking forward to¬†re-reading it with the rest of my team. I had¬†many take-aways and ah-ha moments¬†the¬†first time I read it. I’m¬†sure that as I read it a second time¬†it will be with¬†a new lens, especially because I will get to reflect and discuss with my colleagues.


 

Then, another colleague of mine gave me a copy of her novel…that I’ve been really wanting to read. I’m so excited about this one as well!

I put Quantum Leaps in Princeton’s Place¬†on my to-be-read list as soon as I learned that IMG_8403.JPGDonna Clovis (@clovid01)¬†had written it.

It’s historical fiction¬†and¬†set in nearby Princeton, NJ. Over the years,¬†I’ve become more and more interested with reading historical fiction (a lot of that began when I started¬†researching my own family history), and I especially love local history and historical fiction.

I hope to start reading it tomorrow!


 

IMG_8404.JPGAs if it¬†wasn’t already¬†a very, very exciting week for books with those first few titles, I also¬†received¬†a couple more amazing professional books.

I¬†started¬†participating in a book study for¬†Effective Digital Learning Environments: Your Guide to the ISTE Standards for Coaches¬†this week, so The Art of Coaching by Elena Aguilar is going to¬†be a nice, related read! (I think it’s also interesting to note that Effective Digital Learning is my ONLY digital book for the week.)

Teacherpreneurs¬†looks like it will¬†be a related read as well; The Innovator’s Mindset¬†is all about innovation in education, so I’m looking forward to seeing what ideas these two books will have in common.


 

Finally, I visited a book sale at one of my local libraries this morning. It was packed! (Both with books and with people shopping for books!) My mom came with me, and we spent about an hour and a half there, sorting through tables and tables of books.

I managed to find a few interesting titles. (Actually, the greater feat is that I managed to leave some of the books there at the sale!)

IMG_8402.jpgI added two new books to my cookbook collection. While I normally look for older cookbooks, I couldn’t resist these two.

I love ordering risotto when I go out to eat, but I’ve only tried making it at home a few times (and it wasn’t easy!). I’m hoping that reading a book all about risotto will inspire me to¬†try again.

My husband and I are both crazy about onions, so how could I possibly resist an entire cookbook dedicated to one of our favorite foods? (He got a really big kick out of this one when I showed it to him.)

I found IMG_8406.JPGplenty of #Read4Fun books at the book sale, too.

After a week like this one, I’m sure that I’m not going to have any¬†problem completing my goal of reading #SixtyBooks* this year. My only problem is going to be trying to decide which book to read next!

Are you familiar with any of these titles? Have you already read any of them? What books did you stack the shelves with this week?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks and happy reading!

~Melissa 

*If you haven’t already taken the #SixtyBooks pledge, you can visit the website¬†for more information and to sign up today.

#SixtyBooks in 2016: End of January Check-In!

 

Time flies when you’re reading having fun! Our first month of reading together is almost up.¬†Laura and I are thrilled to be in such great company reading¬†#SixtyBooks in 2016!

As we near the end of the first month of this challenge, almost 300 people completed the online form, nearly 50 people have joined the Goodreads group, about 40 people have joined the Facebook group, and well over 100 readers are regularly posting updates about their reads on Twitter. We know there are also hundreds (maybe thousands?) of students taking the challenge in schools all over the country.

The #SixtyBooks movement is not only about our own personal reading but also about taking time to inspire others to read as well.

So, thank you to everyone who is participating in the challenge, spreading the word about #SixtyBooks, and encouraging others to make reading a part of their daily routine!


Laura and I are always talking about new books we are looking forward to¬†reading, so¬†she had the great idea to share some of those books that we “can’t wait to read” with you.

Here are a couple of our “can‚Äôt wait to read”¬†titles at the top of our TBR¬†lists:

Melissa’s Books:

Laura’s Books:

Leave a comment below or join in the discussions on social media to let us all know what books you are looking forward reading to this year.

Happy reading! 

Your #SixtyBooks in 2016 hosts,
Melissa (@mmorriswrite) & Laura (@lagnella)