Collierville High School

CHS has 11 National Merit Semifinalists and 12 Commended Scholars
Karen Haggard » What I've Been Reading

What I've Been Reading

I am one of those people who always has to have a book with me, sometimes even more than one!  And I have a list of Future Reads that is almost embarrassing long.  I've been wanting to share some of what I've been reading for a while. This page is an attempt to do that.  I will update it periodically, with the most recent posts at the top.
 
Here's a little about my reading style:  I read books from the CHS and Collierville Public Libraries, occasionally getting books from Overdrive through TN Reads.  I also have a Kindle app on my iPad, and I find it especially useful when I travel as it saves space and weight in my suitcase. I have fairly eclectic reading tastes;  I like realistic fiction, fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, biographies and history--almost anything except horror.  I also like some how-to nonfiction on professional topics and organizing.  I collect quilt books for when I have time to actually start a project.  
 
I love recommending books to people and I try to read widely enough to do that.  Please let me know if you find anything here that you also like.  I'd welcome the chance to talk books with you!
 
October 2017
Here are some books I have finished recently;
The Awakening by Kate Chopin.  
Code of Honor by Alan Gratz.  Thriller.  Senior is on football team, Homecoming King, and on track to apply for West Point.  His family's world comes crashing down when his brother, an Army Ranger, is implicated in terrorist attacks.  
The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore.  Lolly is still dealing with his brother's death to gang violence in his Harlem neighborhood.  He finds that building Lego structures from his imagination is the best way to cope with his grief--and guilt.
 
Our library got some new books this month!  Check out one of the titles to the right. You can click on the picture to make it larger.
 
Fall Break 2017:  
I got a pre-publication copy of Dear Martin by Nic Stone at a recent conference.  However, it comes out in bookstores today.  It reminds me a little of All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.  All three are great stories.  In this one, high school senior Justyce writes letters to Dr. Martin Luther King to help him face the reality of race relations and how they are shaping him. 
 
Finished Strong Inside by Andrew Maraniss.  I heard this TN author speak at a recent library conference.  This is the awesome true story of Perry Wallace, who was the first black basketball in the SEC, a true pioneer.  I read the young reader's edition, which was a quick read, but I want to go back and read the longer adult version.
 
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.  Listened to the audio of this while driving over the break.  Very different kind of love story about a guy and a girl who both feel like outsiders until they find each other.  
 
Also finished the audio version of Beartown by Fredrik Backman.  I've enjoyed others of his books.  This one is about a town obsessed with hockey and how that obsession affects different members of the community.  I really felt that I knew the characters in this small town when I'd finished.
 
From the CHS Battle of the Books list:  A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray.  Marguerite's dad is killed, and she uses the Firebird, a device her parents were working on, to travel to alternate dimensions in search of his killer.  Just discovered there's a sequel--one more to add to my Future Reads list.
 
You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins is the story of three generations of women in an Indian family.  If you're trying Gene Yang's Reading without Walls Challenge, this book would be a good one to read.  Almost missed a scheduled event because I got so absorbed in the story.