Sunday, June 3, 2007

Summer Book Read

This weekend I have been working on our book for my book club. Yes, I know the meeting date isn't until the last week in June. Yes, I know I should at least wait until summer vacation to start it. Yes, I know I should be reading professional books now. But I couldn't wait. The cover called to me. The title called to me. I AM reading the book NOW!
The book is called The Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry. I am hooked. I won't tell you a summary or anything about it since some other members of our club may sneak a peek at this page. This I will tell you: it has me on the Edge of My Seat!
I also will tell you that I am using my comprehension skills. I thought it would be fun to use some metacognition as I read. I took a notebook that I keep as a Reading Notebook. I put the title and date at the top of a page. I then began with Questions I had BEFORE I read the book. As I read each chapter I underline and make notes in the margins of the book. (I only paid $.01 for it, so I think I can do that.) At the end of each chapter, I transfer those notes into the notebook. I write my questions, my connections, my predictions. I write all the new words I am learning. This is a Victorian mystery set in London in 1881. There are lots of words I don't know! I am learning so much. I will have so much to talk about.
I can't wait to talk about the book. I can't wait to see who done it! I can't wait to read another book by this author. The cover says: "They were the finest of families--until murder set skeletons rattling in their closets..." Why don't you add this book to your summer beach list and then we, too, can talk about it! Happy Reading!

8 comments:

Jen Barney said...

Ohhh... I am the biggest thriller, mystery reader. LOVE THEM... I might have to check it out. I love that you too are exploring what we teach our students. We too can relate and discuss our thoughts with our kids as we learn about our own reading! THANKS- I will try that!
PS- You should try a Patricia Cornwell book. They are a total at the edge of your seaters...

Kirsten said...

That is what makes you such an expert. You practice what you preach. Love it!

Sarah Amick said...

Oh, don't you love the summer. We should try to keep track of all the books the four of us reads over the summer and then report back at the beginning of the year and see how many! That would be a really great thing!

Jen Barney said...

I like Sarah's idea...

Jen Barney said...

You've been meme again. Take a peek at my post.

Write On Kathy said...

I just finished the book. But I'm not telling who dun it! Let's do keep track and talk!

Kirsten said...

i am all for keeping track and sharing.....let the games begin!

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