It’s Moving Day!!!!

I have taken the plunge!!! I am combining all of my blogs into 1 blog!! Whew!! I have not been able to keep up with all of them, so this will simplify my blogging life. Hopefully! :)

My new blog is so PLEASE (pretty please) hop on over and set yourself up with a subscription!!! I won’t be updating my running blog, teaching blog, or reading blog anymore. irunreadteach will be my new blog. Did I say go ahead and get over there and subscribe?????? :)

I transferred almost ALL of my content from my other 3 blogs to the new one so there will be TONS of stuff for you to peruse!

AND-I just wrote my 1st post for that blog-Libby, it’s for you-my 5k trail run that I did a couple of weeks ago. Here’s the link to that post:

I might even have a giveaway in the next couple of weeks for a lucky-um-reader-um-subscriber of my new blog!! :)

Love ya’ll,


The Cheat Book Review by Amy Koss

I got this book for $1 at our school book fair!! And it was actually a good book. You know sometimes when you get a bargain book, it turns out that there is a reason why it’s a bargain. :)

The Cheat by Amy Goldman Koss

Goodreads Summary:

Cheating on a geography midterm is only the beginning. It seemed simple enough&150they were given the answers from last year’s test and they used them. But Sarah and her friends got caught, and what was done without much thought leads to greater and greater consequences. Now they are facing punishment at school, tension at home, and no one is sure how or when it will end.

This book did switch back and forth between characters, but I was able to keep up. :) The author wrote in a style that really made me feel what each kid was feeling in relation to the cheating incident as well as being able to get a glimpse into their lives. One of the girls in the story wrote poetry-and it was pretty good.

I think this book would be a good read for 5th graders and up. They will be able to relate to the emotions and feelings of the characters as well as the life issues that are dealt with throughout the book.

4 out of 5 stars





CrissCross Review by Lynne Rae Perkins

I do not like to give bad reviews of books. But here it goes. I was so disappointed in this book. I began reading it thinking it was going to steal my heart. It did not. I felt like nothing really happened. I also had a hard time keeping up since it switched back and forth between characters. The one positive was that the author used beautiful and expressive language which I tend to like. However, I wouldn’t recommend it to my 6th graders or really anyone. I’m sorry. :)


Goodreads Summary:

This winner of the 2006 Newbery Medal is a poignant coming-of-age story about a young girl and her friends whose paths cross–and stories criss cross–over one summer. Illustrated throughout with photos and illustrations by the author.


2 out of 5 stars


Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult

I have become a HUGE Jodi Picoult fan lately. In fact, I’ve showed great discipline in NOT going and buying ALL of her books at one time. :)

I read The Pact sometime last year, and a few weeks ago picked up Change of Heart and Handle With Care. Here’s my review on Change of Heart.

It was “heart wrenching”. :) I loved it and give it 5 stars! Will I ever give less stars to one of her books?

Goodreads summary:

The acclaimed #1 “New York Times” bestselling author presents a spellbinding tale of a mother’s tragic loss and one man’s last chance at gaining salvation.

Can we save ourselves, or do we rely on others to do it? Is what we believe always the truth?

One moment June Nealon was happily looking forward to years full of laughter and adventure with her family, and the next, she was staring into a future that was as empty as her heart. Now her life is a waiting game. Waiting for time to heal her wounds, waiting for justice. In short, waiting for a miracle to happen.

For Shay Bourne, life holds no more surprises. The world has given him nothing, and he has nothing to offer the world. In a heartbeat, though, something happens that changes everything for him. Now, he has one last chance for salvation, and it lies with June’s eleven-year-old daughter, Claire. But between Shay and Claire stretches an ocean of bitter regrets, past crimes, and the rage of a mother who has lost her child.

Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate if it meant saving someone you love? Would you want your dreams to come true if it meant granting your enemy’s dying wish?

Once again, Jodi Picoult mesmerizes and enthralls readers with this story of redemption, justice, and love.

My thoughts: This book will tug at your heart in more ways than one. Just when you think someone has done something horrendous…well, read it and love it.

I can’t wait to read another!

Jodi Picoult fan

I am a huge-did I say huge?- Jodi Picoult fan. I had already read The Pact sometime this past year, but over the last few weeks I have read 2 other books by her and LOVED them! Change of Heart and Handle With Care are 2 great reads. Book reviews coming soon.

Check out her website. I think I’ll go broke trying to read all of her wonderfully written novels. :)

It’s Monday-What are YOU reading?

Here we are with another chance to share wonderful books with each other thanks to Jen and Kellee over at Teach Mentor Texts and Sheila over at Book Journey who both sponsor this great meme each week for young adult/children and adult respectively! :)

A little bit of this and a little bit of that! That’s what I’ve been reading!

I read my 1st Bad Kitty book and loved it! Too funny!

I FINALLY read a book for ME and not my 6th graders. It :) I am a HUGE Jodi Picoult fan so I bought this one:

Change of Heart

 It was DEEP and GREAT and caused me to be EMOTIONAL at times! Loved it!

I also read PLENTY OF BLOGS about teaching, reading, and fitness! :)

I read SEVERAL fitness magazines (seeing as how I have become slightly addicted to the whole running thing!).

What’s on my agenda for this upcoming week? Well, I have started 2 books right now. A Magic Treehouse book (I have never read one!), and a book on running. I also bought ANOTHER Babymouse book! This is another addiction of mine!


More Alabama Tornadoes!

Well, it’s happened again! More tornado weather has hit Alabama, and this time it was a little too close for comfort. One hit Eagle Creek (about 15 miles from my home) and another one hit Buttston (about 9 miles from my home). We were spared again. This time we actually left our home to take shelter in a neighbor’s basement. I’m thinking it’s time for a storm shelter to be built into the little hill behind our house!

One person did lose their life during this storm in Tallapoosa County where I live. My heart goes out to their family as well as everyone else that was affected by this devastating tornado.

Here’s a news clip about the tornadoes that hit the areas near my home.

And as always-thanks Kim at Joy in 6th Grade for checking on me!!!! :) It’s such a good feeling to have cyber buddies that care!!


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