Thursday, March 17, 2011

addicted.

Have I mentioned how much I love to read?  I love it, it is one of my favorite things to do.  When both boys are in school and Finley is a little older, I plan to get my Master's degree in reading (I have a Bachelors' in elementary education).  Once I get that, I will have the option of  several diffent positions when I go back to work someday: I can teach a regular elementary class, work as a reading specialist, or my favorite option- be an elementary school librarian.  That is my dream job.  Being surrounded by books and teaching about something I enjoy so much sounds pretty perfect to me. 


My current book obsession is the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins.  I just started the second book today, and I am totally hooked.  They are very well written and suspenseful.  Definitely edge-of-your-seat kinda writing.  I feel like I'm one of the last people in the world to read this series, but that is what happens when you have a baby in the house I guess!  Have you read these books?  What did you think? 
*no spoilers, please!!*


Besides reading, I managed to squeeze in a little sewing yesterday afternoon.  Erin from two more seconds (and one of the brilliant minds behind the Sewing Summit) asked me to contribute to the Mug Rug Madness over on her blog.  It kicks off on Monday, March 21, so be sure to check it out!  I will be sharing a fun tutorial and giveaway on Tuesday the 22nd.  Here is a little sneak peak of my project...


As always, this giveaway will be open a follower of this blog.  If you don't already, please go click on the "follow" button over on my sidebar.  :)

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
xoxo Angela

30 comments:

  1. I am currently reading book 2. OMG, these books are soooooooo good!
    You will not want to put them down...

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  2. I love to read too! And my 6-yr-old has just discovered chapter books. If we can't find her, we know she's in her room reading. I see my credit card bill having a lot more charges to Barnes and Noble and my library card being swiped a lot more often soon!!

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  3. I only just finished the Hunger Games trilogy, and loved it. Not spoilering anything to say that one thing I liked best was that it wasn't a particularly sugary-sweet-neatly-wrapped-with-a-bow ending.

    My dream job is a librarian, too - I often say if I had to go back and do it all again, I'd get my MLIS.

    I love mug rugs - they're small enough to finish quickly (we all like a finish!), but big enough that you can try out some new techniques or designs and get a sense of whether you like them and want to commit to a whole quilt of them.

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  4. married to a librarian!!! It's so fun to go book shopping. My heart starts to skip and beat and my eyes bug out over which book to read first before it hits the shelves. I love walking into a book store and seeing all the possibilities ahead. I can't get back to my comfy chair fast enough!

    LOVED the Hunger Games series. No spoilers here....but man, is that Capitol all too real about today's society or what??

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  5. Oooh I LOVED that series! It's almost better that you're only reading them now - it was torture to wait for book 3 to come out!! :] Can't wait to hear what you think!

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  6. I didn't know it was possible to have a master's in reading...I might have to look into that. I'm going to check out Suzanne Collins too. I don't think I've read anything by her.

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  7. I grew up with a librarian as a father so reading is a big part of my life. And, I have to say that The Hunger Games trilogy is my go-to good book series. I've read it through four times now and it hasn't gotten old one bit.

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  8. I LOVED reading this series but I won't spoil it for you.

    If you haven't already read them you should also read Graceling and Fire by Kristen Cashore: http://www.amazon.com/Kristin-Cashore/e/B001JS0LUG/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1300391184&sr=8-2. They are equally exciting and suspenseful!

    Have you heard about Audible.com yet? It's an Amazon company and all audio books. I signed up so that I can 'read' while I quilt. I also read real books at night but it's nice being able to fit more reading in without interrupting my sewing time :)

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  9. oh i loved the hunger games series! it is fantastic. very exciting. the third book is the best. you should try the girl with the dragon tattoo series next. it is a bit different but very very good.

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  10. Great series, I'm a TA, and got my daughter and some of my advanced fifth graders into this series, it was utter magic to hear them enthuse in a way I'd not heard since the Harry Potters were new. Here's hoping the rounds of budget cuts don't do away with school librarians, they are such a valuable asset to any school.
    I *really* hope the upcoming film doesn't ruin these books for future readers.

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  11. LOVED that series! I loved it so much that I went and bought the author's other series called "The Underland Chronicles" (there are 5 in the series.) They are written for a slightly younger age group but are SO GOOD! I can't put them down. I hope she has another series in the works.

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  12. Angela, I have not heard of that series so I will definitely check it out. I was an elementary school teacher before becoming a sahm and I too love books. Reading to my class was my favorite part of the day. I think a masters in reading would be wonderful- my dream job would be to own a children's book store- like the one in You've Got Mail but without the whole shop closing part! :)

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  13. I love that you have a dream job! You will get there one day!

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  14. I loved the first book and am looking forward to the next one. I enjoy your blog and just became a follower!

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  15. Such a great series!! Don't you just love Peeta?!

    I was a little hesitant they were first suggested to me since they are filed under young adult reading. The wait between the 2nd and 3rd book was awful ; )

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  16. Well you're not the last person to read them...I had never even heard of them until now! I trust all your good reviews ladies as the first book is downloading onto my Kindle right now......

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  17. That series is definitely on my list of books to read. And if you haven't read "The Help," I also highly recommend that. I'm listening to it (from my Audible.com account)and the readers are completely wonderful!

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  18. I really enjoyed this series, gripping and heart wrenching. She can write a good story!

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  19. I did some substitute teaching for a while before Lizzy came along, and I always loved it when I could get a librarian stint. So awesome. I LOVED the Hunger Games! I started reading them when we moved here to NY and had to stay in a hotel for a few days... so every night my husband & I were holed up in the bathroom after we put the girls to bed, with not much to do. I burned through all 3 books in less than a week! So. good.

    and PS, what is that amazing ABC fabric in the last photo?? Love!!

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  20. Also, I have to put in 2 more cents about the HG books - I felt like some elements in the book were pretty eerily similar to the Twilight books. Like, really - humans-to-dogs and the 3-way love triangle? Really?

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  21. HA-HA, I had just posted on my blog that I was looking for some book suggestions to download on my Nook. And then I started through my blog roll and here I see you talking about some wonderful books. I've made note of some of the books in your comments and I'm going to check into them. If you, or any of your readers, have suggestions for me, I'd love to hear from you. And yummy...I love that fabric you featured that has the ABC's on it. I love fabric that has writing, and that fabric reached out and grabbed me hard!!!

    http://deborah-deborahstestblog.blogspot.com/

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  22. my next door neighbor is a librarian, and she gives my girls the cutest books!

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  23. I was an elementary teacher for a couple of years before I became a reading teacher. I LOVED being a reading teacher. After Jenna starts school I'll look into going back to that (or librarian would be awesome too). I love helping kids feel successful and helping them find what they love to read.

    Hunger Games is such a terrific series. I think the main character is such a strong, complex young woman and vulnerable at the same time.

    I'm looking forward to the mug rug series!

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  24. I loved the Hunger Games series! I just love it when I find a book that I just can't put down. Book 1 is what let me do a completely natural birth when my son was born--so distracting. (Twilight book 4 was my distraction when my daughter was born two years ago!) :)

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  25. I loved the series, too. And I generally love reading (my Mum is a librarian, so how could I not)
    From the sneak peek of your mug rug I can see it's going to be great :)

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  26. Can't wait to see the finished mug rug. Looks super cute so far.
    Never heard of the books. Someday I hope to be able to read a book again. Maybe when this house is done...and I can just sit in it every once in a while. Haha!

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  27. Ok, so I haven't heard of that series, either. I think I'll have to hunt them down at the library! :)

    Hmmm... your mug rug is sure to be pretty with those fabrics! Can't wait to see it.

    ~Jessica

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  28. If I could be convinced to put down my knitting for one minute maybe I could get some reading done! Maybe that will be goal of the day - read for one hour. I've been dying to get into this series.

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  29. I'm always looking for new reading material, so I'll have to check it out! And mug rugs are fun. I've yet to do one, but I'm so intrigued by them!

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  30. Read all three in a row at the end of summer, just in time for the third when it came out. COULD NOT STOP THINKING about them - great writing, quick reading, compelling thinking and I think commentary on modern society. I am wondering how a high school english teacher might use them.... glad you found them.... can't wait for the mug rug series!

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