Sunday #Bookstack No. 18: Week of January 13, 2013

Happy Sunday. I am the (book) supplier and this is Sunday #bookstack for the week of January 13, 2013.

School started off okay this week. I’m pretty happy with my crew, and I’ve already given my hard copy of Ready Player One to a student, and he’s enjoying it, so that makes me happy. I think I have at least two more who are in queue for it once the student who has it is finished. I had another student who was upset with me because I didn’t have a book for her Tuesday morning when students came in. I felt a little bad about that one, but I suppose they call me the supplier for a reason, right? Come to think of it, I need to find her another one for tomorrow.

I also decided to use my green screen a little more, and shot last week’s feature shelf in front of it. I think I like the way it turned out. It takes a little longer to put together that way, I think, but now I’m not constrained to shooting after school in my classroom and I don’t have to worry about interruptions. And there’s a continuity between the thumbnail and the background that I like.

Okay, so my stack this week:

I just bought Tangerine by Edward Bloor on audiobook because the other reading teacher in my building is teaching it, so that’s the audiobook I’m working on for the next few weeks. This is the book that turned my cousin Sam into a reader, or so he says, so I’m excited to revisit it. I haven’t read it since he was in elementary school, and he’s a freshman this year.

As far as physical books are concerned, I’m still working on Cat’s Cradle. Oh, about that. I forgot to mention.  We’re doing a nerdfighter book club event with Cat’s Cradle. We’ve got a Google+ community all set up where we’re talking about the books we read and whatnot. You don’t have to be a nerdfighter to join us and talk about books. We’d be happy to have you.

I’m also going to read Flyy Girl by Omar Tyree. My sister gave me this one to read a long time ago and I hadn’t gotten to it. She’s been harassing me about it, so I figured if I declare to the internet that I’m going to read it, I’ll actually get it read. So there, Sarah, if you’re watching, which you probably aren’t unless I tag you on Facebook or something. I’m going to read your book this week.

The other paper book in my stack this week is The Gospel According to Larry, which, like Destroy all Cars, I heard about on Episode 55 of Text Messages: Teens as Change Agents. It sounded intriguing, so I picked it up. It’s about a prodigy named Josh who wanted to make a difference in the world and uses his online alter-ego, Larry, to do just that.

That’s my stack. What’s in your stack this week?

[Question of the Week]

Last week I asked about why we study literature, and bibliophilebeauty, whose channel I’ll link to in the description, said “The value in studying literature is endless. Appreciation and knowledge of other cultures, historical events, and different places. It teaches you to think independently. Literature exposes you to situations, thoughts and ideas that you might not otherwise experience.” So there you go, Tim. A good reason to study literature.

This week’s question ties to my nostalgic rereading of Tangerine and it’s do you remember the book or books that turned you into a reader? Leave your responses in the comments for wherever you happen to be watching this video, I’d love to hear what turned you into a reader.

That’s it for me today. If you want to talk about what I’m reading, or about what you’re reading, or about books in general, or you’d like to request a Feature Shelf, leave me a comment here, or on any of the other social networky places listed on the end screen and in the description. If you’d like to join our book club, there’s a link for that in the description too. I will see you on Tuesday for a #bookgapchallenge update, and on Thursday for the One and Only Ivan edition of Feature Shelf. Have a great week.  I am the (book) supplier wishing you happy reading.  Don’t forget to be awesome.

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