Hi my name is Michelina and I’m addicted to books! To know more about me, visit my About page.
I will keep a list of books that I have read and am currently reading on this page. Please feel free to recommend books as I am always looking for new ones as well as new authors.
I recently received 2 “First Read” books from goodreads.com that I won through their giveaways. Those two books, along with my December book club novel are next on my list!
Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom (Started 11/24/2013 – Finished 11/25/2013)
The Expats by Chris Pavone (Started 11/3/2013 – Finished 11/24/2013)
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak (Started 10/23/2013 – Finished 10/31/2013)
I just read the book, I Am the Messenger that is not only a great novel for young adult readers, but for readers of all ages. It will also make for a great independent reading novel for my students (wink, wink). Read my review of the novel here.
The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro (Started 10/18/2013 – Finished 10/22/2013)
The Art Forger was the October choice for the Pi Beta Phi book club that I participate in virtually. This novel is a great historical fiction novel that is set in modern day. I am glad that this was chosen as the book club novel for October as it normally would not be one that I would choose for myself. Read about how I reacted to this novel.
The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez and Jenna Glatzer (Started and Finished on 08/30/2013)
The Pregnancy Project is a great YA memoir that I have recommended to my English students as an independent reading novel for this school year. It is a quick read but has great messages for teachers, parents, and students. Read my review of the book here.
She Wore Only White by Dorthe Binkert; Translated b Lesley Schuldt (Started 07/31/2013 – Finished 08/02/2013)
She Wore Only White is a great historical fiction novel that is based on a news article originally written in 1904. This novel was chosen as the August pick for the Pi Phi book club. The author did a wonderful job creating an entire story based on such a simple (but fascinating) inspiration. Please read my entire review of the novel here.
Reflections & Dreams by Nora Roberts (Started 07/22/2013 – Finished 07/23/2013)
Secret Lives of the Civil War by Cormac O’Brien (Started 07/17/2013-Finished 07/21/2013)
Secret Lives of the Civil War is an interesting read for those who are interested in history or are wanting to read more about the Civil War. While I was originally thinking of using this in my classroom, when you read my review of the book, you will understand why I will not be doing so.
Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It by Kelly Gallagher (Started 07/14/2013-Finished 07/17/2013)
Mrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill (Started 07/11/2013-Finished 07/13/2013)
Mrs. Kennedy and Me is a fantastic memoir written by Clint Hill. Mr. Hill was the secret service agent that was assigned to Jackie Kennedy for 4 years. It is a very moving and eye-opening piece of writing that I think many people will enjoy; especially those who have an affinity for history. To read more about this book and my review of it, please visit my post here.
You Had Me at Woof by Julie Klam (Started 06/28/2013-Finished 06/30/2013)
World War Z by Max Brooks (Started 06/21/2013-Finished 06/26/2013)
World War Z was an unexpected and pleasant read for me. I’m not usually one for a Zombie-type of novel, but I was glad that I picked it up and read it. Read my full thoughts and my review of the novel here.
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (Started 06/14/2013 – Finished 06/19/2013)
Life as We Knew It was the June book for the book club. It was an interesting take about how the earth will start to change due to a meteor hitting the moon and a shift in the climates. It is an interesting read, and if you would like to know more about it, read my review of the book here.
Inferno by Dan Brown (Read 06/2013)
Inferno was a book that I read for myself because I love Dan Brown’s work and I enjoy the adventures of Professor Robert Langdon. Langdon’s adventure through Italy as he uses Dante’s Inferno for clues to help the World Health Organization is an exciting one. This novel provides a great mix of science, history and literature for the reader. To read more about this novel and to get my full thoughts on it, read my review here.
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (Read 05/2013)
The Kitchen House was the May Book Club choice for the virtual book club I am a part of. I was intrigued by the historical fiction novel put forth by Grissom. She presented a history of this country from a unique perspective. If you would like to read more about this novel, please read my review.
Beaten, Seared, and Sauced: On Becoming a Chef at the Culinary Institute of America by Jonathan Dixon. (Started 3/28/13-Finished 4/1/13)
Beaten, Seared, and Sauced is a fantastic novel that chronicles Dixon’s journey through the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). I was amazed at how great of a novel this memoir was. I am not normally one for non-fiction, especially biographies and memoirs, but this was a fantastic first-point of view account of his time at the CIA. Please read my review of this novel.
The House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe (Started 3/22/13-Finished 3/25/13)
The House of Velvet and Glass is the second great novel by Katherine Howe that I have read. Howe does a fantastic job exploring the history of New England in a unique combination of fiction mixed with nonfiction. Howe has a great way of creating a fictional voice to take the reader through a historical experience. The characters in this novel are moving, but also are laced with a smattering of the mystical that seems to be Howe’s forte in writing. To read more about this novel, please find my review of the novel here.
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan (Started 2/6/13-Finished 3/9/13)
Sweet Tooth was the February book for the Pi Beta Phi book club. I started reading this book with higher expectations than the January book, because I was so impressed with Blackberry Winter. However, Sweet Tooth fell short of my expectations. I had a difficult time identifying with the main character, and the pace of the novel was slow. This is a rare book that I don’t think I could recommend to anyone with any confidence and also one that I had a hard time finishing – again, a rarity. Read my review of this novel here.
Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio (Started 1/12/13-Finished 1/13/13)
Blackberry Winter was the January book for the Pi Beta Phi book club that started this year. I went into reading this book without having any expectations as I hadn’t heard much about it. As it turned out, I fell in love with this book and couldn’t put it down. The story was so moving and the way the characters tied together the past and present made the story beautiful without being sappy. This is a great book for any reader. The details and my review of this novel can be found here.
The Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer (Started 1/2/13-Finished 1/9/13)
Another great book by Meltzer giving the reader conspiracy and intrigue. The different perspectives and pieces of information presented by the characters keep the reader guessing as to “who done it.” Because of the fact that school started back up, this novel took me a little longer to read, but it was still a page turner. Read my review of the novel here.
The Tenth Justice by Brad Meltzer (Finished 1/1/13)
This was a book that had been sitting on the bookshelf in my home office that at some point was bought but I had obviously forgotten that it was there was the school year began. I was searching for a new novel to read when I ran across it. Intrigued, I began reading it and was instantly immersed in the life of Ben Addison, the main character. Read my review of the novel here.