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~Updated 02/13/08~


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    Reading is and always has been my passion. Ever since I was a little girl, I looked forward to devouring a good book.  Many a night, I could be found with a flashlight under the covers long after I was supposed to be asleep.  Even now, if I don't have to get up for work the next day, I read in bed until the wee hours.

    During the school year, I don't read nearly as much fiction as I would like... but I am  a self proclaimed magazine junkie 12 months of the year.  I'm also blessed with the "need to know disease" and spend lots of time reading up on whatever topic I happen to be curious about at that time.  During the school year, my research is generally work related, either reading up on  topics that I will be teaching, reading about the latest teaching techniques, or reading children's literature. I definitely consider myself to be a life-long learner :-)

    My gauge of a good summer vacation is how many books I can read.... I'm never happier than when I can do a book a day!  When we go to the lake, I haul my extra large LL Bean Boat and Tote full of books with me and if I can declare a 7 book week... Woohoooo! (A 14+ two week stay... OMG... I'm beside myself... parked on the dock with a cool drink, a good book and the water just inches away to cool off as needed!)

    I enjoy reading Chick-Lit, biographies, fantasy, mysteries, tear jerkers, children's literature and about sports, country decorating, fitness/nutrition and most books on the best seller list. I love to read fiction with a good twist.  My favorite authors are James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks, Jennifer Weiner, Dan Brown, and John Grisham....I've read them all.....

So.. what's on my nightstand right now?

Of course, I  have 5-6 books going at once.....




Reading Now with Oprah's Book Club






Reading Now



Determined to finish these 2 (yes.. I'm anal!)

This one's been sitting around half read for awhile.






The Carousel

The Sunflower


Richard Paul Evans

Back at the library as I ran out of time but will re-check out soon.


Teaching Math to People with Down Syndrome and Other Hands-On Learners

by Deanna Horstmeier


Always keeping up on the latest...


Spanish for Educators

A good reference while I'm taking classes..


Classroom Language Skills for Children with Down Syndrome

by Libby Kumin

Another Classroom Resource...

The Day After Tomorrow

Allen Folsom

Recommended by the guy at Waldenbooks ...great for fans of Dan Brown's (DaVinci Code, Angels and Demons etc..) style of writing


'As I Lay Dying' by William Faulkner

As I Lay Dying (June)


The Sound and the Fury (July)

(starting 7/1)

Light In August (August)


William Faulkner

I'm reading the Faulkner series this summer with the Oprah Book Club so I'll have multiple books going at once and I'll be reading on their schedule.

A Summer of Faulkner

The Privilege of Youth

David Pelzer

The newest book from the former abuse victim.  All of his books are heart wrenching .... and NOT enjoyable  to read but compelling anyway.  As a parent and teacher I can relate.

(My copy so it can wait)

Patriots Football Weekly...

Cover to cover every week!! 

What could be better than that??

Yoga Journal, Muscle & Fitness, M&F Hers, Flex, Shape, Fitness, Sports Illustrated, Country Home, Country Living,......and many, many  more.....I always have the latest issues hanging around.

Go to Book Nook Archive to see what I've just finished.

** Lord of the Rings


 It took me forever to get through The Hobbit and Fellowship of the Ring because of work/football/website ... etc.  But now that I've finished Fellowship and have finally watched the DVD I'll be putting forth major effort to finish The Two Towers because I can't wait to watch the film version ASAP!  (2/23 Went to the movies with Jacob, TTT was AWESOME! .... anxious to start Return of the King but waiting for the release of the movie will be torture!)  3/16 finished the final chapter of the Trilogy today which in itself is bittersweet; couldn't wait to finish it, yet sad to see my journey to Middle Earth come to an end... (It's official... The Trilogy is taking it's rightful place of honor below!)

Some of my all time favorite books...

The Chronicles of Narnia

CS Lewis


Memoirs of a Geisha

Arthur S. Golden


Bridges of Madison County

Robert James Waller


Island of the Blue Dolphins

Scott O'Dell


Tuesdays with Morrie

Mitch Albom


Harry Potter Series

J. K. Rowling


The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

JRR Tolkien

Along Came a Spider

James Patterson


I Know This Much is True

Wally Lamb


Joy Luck Club

Amy Tan



Gary Paulsen



Rosamunde Pilcher


Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas

James Patterson


The Da Vinci Code

Dan Brown

Here are some of my favorite Book Lists:

 Newbery Medal Winners

Caldecott Medal Winners

Oprah's Book Club

New York Times Best Sellers List


I have read (or am currently finishing) complete works of these authors:

James Patterson

Sidney Sheldon

John Grisham

Jon Land

Rosamunde Pilcher

Nicholas Sparks

Mary Higgins Clark

Robert James Waller

Jan Karon

E.B. White

Gary Paulsen

Beverly Cleary

J.K. Rowling

David Pelzer

Robin Pilcher

Chang-Rae Lee

Dan Brown

Jennifer Weiner

Wally Lamb

Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez


Jane Green


Sophie Kinsella



I'm sure there are many more but I can't think of them at the moment..... and I know there will be more to come!!



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