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What's on your Winter Reading List?

What's on your Winter Reading List?

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The winter break is one of my favorite times to curl up with something to read -- something about the combination of a plush blanket, a mug of something steamy, and a new book (or download on an eReader!) makes me feel really cozy.

Here's what I'm hoping to dig in to that will make me think:

The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
(I may be the last person in the world who hasn't read this yet.)

Curation Nation: How to Win in a World Where Consumers are Creators by Steven Rosenbaum
Being a digital curator myself, I've been meaning to get my hands on this and read about the critical role of human aggregators in our information-saturated society.

Here's what I'll read when I need a laugh:

F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers by Richard Benson
Q: Name the wife of Orpheus, whom he attempted to save from the underworld.
A: Mrs. Orpheus.

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by Ian Falconer and David Sedaris
For better or worse, David Sedaris makes me snort aloud when I'm reading late at night, which sometimes wakes up my husband.

And here's what I'll pick up if I just want to be swept away to another world:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Really, I'm just a softie for anything about the circus. But this one looks particularly intriguing.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Winged creatures? Devils? Art students? Magic? Blue hair? I'm in.

What are you going to read?

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Elana Leoni's picture
Elana Leoni
Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer
Staff

I'm actually looking to start a new book for the break -- so perfect time!

I came across this list from Goodreads best books of 2011: http://www.goodreads.com/award/choice/2011 - it includes some books I've been wanting to read like Tina Fey and Steve Job's biographies.

If you want a book series that's ridiculously addicting, I'd check out George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones Series. I'm on the last book of the series and it's a great escape!

Karen Horvath's picture

Autobiography of Santa Claus, The [Bargain Price] [Hardcover]
Jeff Guinn (Author) Great historical novel, and a bargain now as it is a few years old.

The Gift of the Magi
A Christmas Carol also come to mind.

I have been listening to Stephen King's 11-22-63,it is good but VERY long, I hope parts of it are published for teens, a fun way to learn history,

Karen
http://www.cecreditsonline.org

cml's picture
cml
elementary teacher

Game of Thrones series. A land so far away from tying shoelaces and grading papers...

Joe DeMeis's picture

Sorry to be so bold but perhaps you could consider a book I just published entitled, From Joe's Desk: Making A School Smile. It is a humorous book chronicling the life in an elementary school with a principal who believed in his staff and proved it through the use of humor to build morale. Check it out at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or Booklocker.com since it is the only book of its kind and one that is not afraid to state that schools are not broken. Joe!

Lora Ma-Fukuda's picture
Lora Ma-Fukuda
mom & former exec producer @edutopia.org

One of my favorite things about the end of the year: Best Book Lists!

NPR's List:
http://www.npr.org/2011/12/14/143293240/year-end-fiction-wrap-up-the-10-...

NYTimes List:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/11/books/10-best-books-of-2011.html

A book that was on both of these lists -- and several others -- was Swamplandia! I just started and so far so good.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/06/books/review/Donoghue-t.html

Karen Horvath's picture

If you notice, depression ads come up on this page in the NYT article about it, marketing has gotten so targeted these days. I try to read uplifting books around the holidays, and IMHO Swamplandia is more suited to Halloween.

Amy Erin Borovoy (aka VideoAmy)'s picture
Amy Erin Borovoy (aka VideoAmy)
Senior Manager of Video Programming, Production, & Curation at Edutopia
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We posted this question on Edutopia's Facebook page and got some wonderful ideas. Here are just a few:

"The Roar by Emma Clayton. Heartily recommended to me by one of my best students." -- Gail Cesarini Ramsdell

"Perfect by Ellen Hopkins... I've had it since the day it came out, but teaching and grad school refuse to allow me to read it!!! Grrr!" -- Dee Bazz

"Wednesday Is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia by Richard Cytowic and David Eagleman." -- Pamela Hobart Carter

"11/22/63 (Stephen King), A Thousand Splendid Suns (again--Khaled Hosseini) and something Jodi Picoult." -- Nancy Scofield

"I'm currently enthralled by 2666, written by Roberto Bolano but translated to English. Very good but a lengthy read, complex and poetic." -- Mry DMy

"Ben Lerner's Leaving the Atocha Station. Fiction about metacognition!" -- Jessy Jones

"The Sense of Ending by Julian Barnes (winner of 2011 Man Booker Prize), The Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan, The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt and if time permits, The Essential Rumi!" -- Vengeo

"The national boards entry one requirements!" -- Tiffany Lasyone Scripter

And of course:

"Something trashy that will take my mind away from education for awhile." -- Joseph Nolan

We also heard lots of votes for The Help, Divergent, and The Hunger Games.

Happy holidays and happy reading!

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Billy Hawes
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Hamlet's Blackberry

William Powers looks at the problem of over-connectedness in the digital age, and emphasizes the need for balance, via periods of "disconnectedness." He also looks to the past, at times where shifts in communication technologies were occurring, and how great thinkers of those eras found their own balance.

Budd Turner's picture
Budd Turner
8th grade Science, Technology & Environmental Design teacher: Tucson, AZ

Finishing Jane McGonigal's "Reality is Broken", Steven Covey's "7 Habits of Highly Effective People", and a couple of owner's manuals.
The unread stack is seven tall. On top is Ernest Cline's "Ready Player One", Richard Dawkins "The Magic of Reality", "Unweaving the Rainbow" & "The Greatest Show On Earth", Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" & "Pale Blue Dot" and Sam Kean's "The Disappearing Spoon".

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