What Remains by Helene Dunbar

About the Book:

WHAT REMAINS by Helene Dunbar
Release Date: May 8, 2015
Publisher: Flux Books
Pages: 288

In less than a second…
… two of the things Cal Ryan cares most about–a promising baseball career and Lizzie, one of his best friends–are gone forever.

In the hours that follow…
…Cal’s damaged heart is replaced. But his life will never be the same.

Everyone expects him to pick up the pieces and move on.

But Lizzie is gone, and all that remains for Cal is an overwhelming sense that her death was his fault. And a voice in his head that just…won’t…stop.

Cal thought he and his friends could overcome any obstacle. But grief might be the one exception.

And that might take a lifetime to accept…

I asked my 8th grade students to check out the cover and read the synopsis above,

G-says, “I would totally read this book! Can I read it now? Wait, you asked me about this awesome book and you don’t have a copy?! (Walks away shaking her head. I’m in trouble now).

E-says, “Ummm, I probably wouldn’t read it because it sounds super sad. I don’t know if I can handle that right before summer break!”

A-says, “Ooohhhh, sounds like mystery and she’d like to know how it ends.

G-says it sounds GREAT & probably full of awesomeness.

C- says, “Oh, yes!

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About the Author:

Helene Dunbar usually writes features about fiddles and accordions for an Irish Music Magazine, but she’s also been known to write about court cases, theater, and Native American Indian tribes. She’s amazed that she has a day job that pays her to spend time on Facebook and Twitter, and that, on a good day, gives her time to let the voices in her head out into the world to tell a story.
If she had to put money on it, she’d bet that if music didn’t exist, she wouldn’t be able to write.

 She’s lived in two countries, six states, and is currently holed up in Nashville with her husband, daughter, two cats, and the world’s friendliest golden retriever.

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Checking out the hype that is Bloglovin’

So far, so awesome!

5 Blings! for Megan McCafferty’s THUMPED!

I loved Thumped! 





5 Blings for Thumped!                    
Here’s what Schmoopy and I were reading on our flight to Chicago. We both finished on our books during the  flight home! Since I got this His & Hers idea after takeoff, he really couldn’t refuse my request *evil grin*

I was totally reluctant to read Thumped! I didn’t like Bumped, not one bit. I even threw it across the room when I finished the last page (yes, I put myself in time-out after that).

After reading Thumped, I see that I just didn’t get Bumped. I read it at a point of my life that wasn’t the best time to read a book about kids and babies and infertility and all that. I get that now. Let’s just call it bad timing on my part.

This week I read Thumped and really appreciated it. I laughed and cried in all the right places. I got the clever use of language and appreciated how Megan McCafferty created this super believable, yet terrifyingly realistic, world in the not too distant future where all of this could totally happen. I loved all the language and creative names of everything. So clever! She also expertly crafted a fun read that calls attention to serious issues. That is no easy task. I won’t get political or talk religion, but I do appreciate her attention to both and the way Bumped & Thumped will get some people thinking about things in a way they may not have before. To accomplish that in a way that is both nonthreatening & entertaining is super impressive! I also loved the familiar references to Princeton, NJ (very close to where I grew up). So fun!

I don’t think I need to re-read Bumped, but I do have a new appreciation and respect for both books now!
I give them both 5 Blings!

Get Bumped & Thumped for yourself at your local library, your favorite independent bookstore, or online by clicking the pictures below:

Can’t wait to see The Hunger Games!

Found The Hunger Games People and US magazines today while grocery shopping.

Actually, I couldn’t find them. And I pouted. So Schmoopy searched and searched (while I guarded the groceries) and came back with both.

YAY! That boy really is the best!

Hunger Games Mags Bling!


Shipping Notice & Decision Time! 1Q84, The Night Circus, A Million Suns, & Cinder

How in the world

am I EVER going to decide

which one to read first? 

I love these kinds of difficult decisions!

Shipping Notice & Decision Time!

Stolen by Lucy Christopher

I finished listening to Lucy Christopher’s Stolen today on my way into work.

5 Blings for Stolen!

It was a bittersweet ending for me. Actually, the whole book felt that way.

A young girl is, as the title eerily states, stolen from her family and taken far away. Really far…we’re talking  to Australia far.

The whole idea terrified me. Thinking of being in an airport (I travel quite a bit) with family one minute and drugged and stolen the next…OMG! That totally freaks me out. The simplicity of the act really scared me.

I talked about this for days and had to stop reading before bed one night. Schmoopy was not happy that I got myself into such a tizzy right before bed. I switched to the audio book so I could keep reading!

How AWESOME is it when a book can do this?!?!?!?

Pretty freaking awesome-that’s how awesome! 

Stolen really grabbed me (dare I say my thoughts were stolen by this book…maybe my sense of security was stolen…ok, I’ll quit!) right from the start. It was so REAL! It could happen, just like that. You, me, anyone. So easily and seemingly effortlessly (even though it was planned out quite carefully by Ty). Gemma was with her family in an airport, in a coffee shop,drugged, then just taken. UGH!

The story is told by Gemma as a letter to her kidnapper, Ty. We get that firsthand knowledge of Gemma’s thoughts of her capture. All of Gemma’s fears so vivid & realistic! It is really creepy. But, at the same time, you feel compassion for Ty. I think that was part of what raised the creepy factor of this book for me. I kept thinking: OMG, OMG, OMG!

I don’t want to give the story away. Plus, I would not be able to do Lucy Christopher’s writing justice! It is just a must read book!

Have you read Stolen? If so, I’d love to know your thoughts!

If not, go for it-but only during the day in a super safe place if the thought of being stolen really freaks you out!

Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosted by @parajunkee & @alisoncanread

Today I am…trying something new! Follow My Book Blog Friday! Sounds super fun!

I’m totally confused, but I’m just going for it!
Two of my fave book bloggers, Parajunkee and Alison Can Read host this weekly Feature & Follow.

I’m jumping right in this week! 

The question of the week is:

When you’ve read a book, what do you do with it? (Keep it, give it away, donate it, sell it, swap it..?)

Since I’m a teacher, I usually end up bringing the books I read to school. I read mostly YA & MG. Almost everything I read is OK for middle schoolers. When I really love a book, I will keep a copy and buy another for my classroom. I visit the libraries at least once a week, too. So I have to give those back!

What do you do when you finish a book? 

I hope you join me by clicking away and checking out all of these great Book Bloggers! 

2,000 Tweets Winner Announced!

I love Twitter! I have learned more there in the past year than I have from any other source!

But, I was shocked as I approached 2,000 Tweets! That’s a lot!

So, I decided that I’d give a prize away to celebrate my…ummm…chattiness in the Twittervesre.

I picked a winner randomly from the last 100 @ohmandee replies leading up to my 2,000 tweet! I used www.random.org & it was super easy & super fun!

So…the winner is: @ChasingAmyK

Amy, email or DM me your address to claim your prize!

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is ROCKING MY FACE OFF!

Shatter Me

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I have been waiting for this book forever. FOREVER! I’m so excited to finally have be able to have Shatter Me Bling!
I really considered taking a day off from work to stay in bed and read.  I didn’t…but I really wanted to!!
I was hooked from the first words. I have to drag myself away from it in the mornings to get to work. Schmoopy has pulled it off of my sleeping face several times when I’ve been up too late reading it!

Love, love, love Shatter Me! Tahereh Mafi totally rocks for creating this terrifying amazing word of Juliette & The Reestablishment.

Shatter Me is such a 5 Bling Book!