December 15, 2014

IMWAYR & New Product Release

This isn't an apology. I've done that too many times to count. I've come to accept that the consistency of my blogging ebbs and flows like everything else in life, and I'm not going to make excuses for the times when I'm away. It's just part of life.

Today is Monday, which means I get to tell you about some things I've been reading. First up is Brandi Glanville from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills with her newest book, Drinking & Dating: PS Social Media is Ruining Romance. I hadn't realized that Brandi perviously wrote a book, but I don't think mattered much that I read this one first. And to be honest, I probably won't go back and read her first one. My honest opinion about her book is probably skewed by the fact that she is a TERRIBLE reader. This becomes painfully obvious in her audiobook when she constantly trips over her own words - well.... at least they're supposed to be her own words. I'm not sure why production didn't make her go back and re-read many sections of this book because it was painfully obvious that she used a ghost writer because the language didn't flow naturally off her tongue. I like Brandi on RHOBH, but I would not waste my time reading another one of her books.

On a much happier note, I also started reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green (author of The Fault in Our Stars) and David Levithan (author of Every Day). I enjoyed both of these authors so much that I practically leapt for joy when I saw that they collaborated on this book. I was pretty much hooked on this book from the moment I reached Chapter 2. The book is written in alternating points of view, which I LOVE as a reader. Will Grayson and Will Grayson have very little in common except that they're both teenagers living in suburban Chicago (Yay! I love reading about places I know in real life!), but when they meet during a chance encounter in the city, their lives become very much entwined.

As I read through this book (I'm about halfway through it at this point), I keep finding awesome quotes I want to remember. Here are some of my favorites:

"You like someone who can't like you because unrequited love can be survived in a way that once-requited love cannot."

“When things break, it's not the actual breaking that prevents them from getting back together again. It's because a little piece gets lost - the two remaining ends couldn't fit together even if they wanted to. The whole shape has changed.” 

“this is why we call people exes, I guess - because the paths that cross in the middle end up separating at the end. it's too easy to see an X as a cross-out. it's not, because there's no way to cross out something like that. the X is a diagram of two paths.” 

“he is both the source of my happiness and the one i want to share it with.” 

“By saying you don’t care if the world falls apart, in some small way you’re saying you want it to stay together, on your own terms.” 

See what I mean?  Good stuff!

OK.. so now that I've updated you on my reading. I have an announcement!

I think we're all aware of how terrible I am about posting new products in my TPT store. I haven't done this is MONTHS. But... some of you will be proud to see that I have, in fact, posted a new product today. It's my Poetry Anthology Unit, which I've been working on since... oh... last February. Obviously, I took some breaks in there, but this was much harder for me than I anticipated. I've had an internal debate about how much I should share regarding this unit. Each year I've taught it, I've tweaked it a little more, and while I love how this unit works for me, I have to remember that everyone has a different teaching style. I have to "let it go" just a bit and expect that every user will do the same with my product to make it work for him or her. 

If you're in the market for a great, student-centered project that will easily keep your students engaged for a month's time, I hope you will consider my poetry anthology. I have seen mothers reduced to tears upon receiving these anthologies as Mother's Day gifts, and I've watched students pour their hearts and souls into this writing. I can also tell you that I contacted several former students to get examples of their poems to share in this product, and ALL OF THEM still had their anthologies. The students I asked are now seniors in high school or in college, and they STILL HAVE THEIR ANTHOLOGIES! This makes me SO PROUD!


  1. Sorry the audiobook wasn't good! :/ I hope you continue to enjoy Will Grayson, Will Grayson! I love when my favorite authors collaborate and publish a book together! Happy reading! :)

    Here’s my Monday! Plus check out the giveaway I’m having for a YA medieval novel!

  2. I love that your students STILL have their anthologies - you definitely made a difference there. :)

    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

  3. Hello!
    Thank you so much for letting me know about the No Reply problem. Can you let me know if you are able to comment on this? If this didn't work I might have to revert back to Blogger from Google+. Fingers crossed!