Tuesday, July 24, 2012


I just finished reading this book - Slammed by Colleen Hoover! It was amazing!!! Actually beyond amazing! She is a new and up and coming YA Author and I must say she hit this one right out of the park!!! 

This book is rather lengthy, but it flows like water being poured that the length is non-existent!!  I am a slow reader - have I ever mentioned that?? Well, I am, but I read this is 2 short sittings and it's over 1,100 pages! Yup! 

The characters are amazing! 

The relationships touched me, it grabbed my insides and twisted them up and simply made me smile!!!



PS - Did I mention to you that it's a $2.99 download to your Kindle or Nook???

Race over and download - you will not be sorry!!!!!

18-year-old Layken Cohen misses her life back in Texas, harbors a deep hatred for concrete garden gnomes and has fallen hard for her new neighbor, Will Cooper. 

21-year-old Will Cooper misses his life before it became so complicated, has a passion for performing slams and has fallen hard for his new neighbor, Layken Cohen--despite her deep hatred for garden gnomes. 

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.

Monday, July 9, 2012

SA Summer Reading

 There is a tab for SA Summer Reading on the school website. 

There is a list of required reading for certain classes as well as suggested reading.

Lower School students - Don't forget to TRAIN YOU BRAIN and keep up with your minutes you read in your journals!! 

Did I Mention????

  ..... The 2011-2012 Old Plank Yearbook Staff won an award from Jostens???

I forgot to tell you?? Well, we did!! :)

Josten has a National Excellence Program and this years staff won!!!! YES!!! 

We were 1 of 239 school across the United States to receive this award! 

Amazing? Yes it is!!!

Am I proud? Yes, I am bursting with pride and excitement!!! 

The students did I great job! Did I ride them all year about getting things done - yes well just a little and their hard work paid off!!!

So congrats to my kiddos for a job well done!!!

Here's to an amazing year coming up and maybe a 2nd award? Who knows, but I look forward to my 2nd year and another challenge! :)

Before Wendy - there was Tiger Lily

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy...http://bit.ly/Kta0aL

(click the link to see the official trailer for this book  - you'll want to fly like tinkerbell to a bookstore near you or hit a download link for that nook or kindle you love to read on!)

This is my next read .. unless I get distracted my some other amazing author before I get to the end! ;)

Just finished !

I have been a lazy reader this summer ... I must admit. :(  We have been so busy visiting and still unpacking from the move in January.

HOWEVER, I think I have gotten my reading mojo back on track!

I finished in the wee hours this morning at 2 am Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews! LOVED IT!!! I loved the interpersonal relationships developed in this story - even the mean Step Mother-to-Be was great!!!

I fell in love with each character in this story for their own different qualities.

Pokey, the stay-at-home momma who is the sister to the Bayless brothers and best friends with the main character Annajane. She is a hoot, loyal and so loving.  

The crazy and wild Bayless brother Davis - well, who would not love having the good looking woman's man hanging around to keep everyone on their toes? 

Sophie, the sweet 5 year old that made me think of a cute pinkaliocious child who loved treasures she hoarded in her special purse . I just wanted to smooch her sweet curly blonde face!!

Sallie, the mother of the Bayless children ...well what can I say about her? Tough ... Southern Elegance ... Private! She had many different layers that were exposed throughout the story. Crazy old bird - you had to appreciate her - she surprised me!!

Mason, Total GQ! He was so handsome in my mind and so confused how he felt about the women in his life. Although, I must say he surprised me in his loyalty to family and tossed me a serious curve ball towards the end that I LOVED!!!

Annajane , is the perfect friend! I totally enjoyed her and felt my heart break as hers did page after page. She is a smart Southern woman and comes into her own in this story. She finds inner strength she didn't know she had and takes hold of her life. She blossoms and grows and reaches new levels!!!

Just when I think Mary Kay cannot top herself she goes ahead and does it!

Take a minute a check out Mary Kay Andrews and Spring Fever!

(Of course any of her books are simply amazing!!)

New Audio Books!

SYNC YA Literature into your headphones!!! Each week this summer SYNC is offering 2 new audio books for download until August 22, 2012.

Simply click the link above and you will head straight to the website for  your directions and downloads. How cool is that?? 

The website is full of information about YA Literature that is new and hot for teens , but I must admit .. I am secretly in love with YA Literature!!! I wish we had had authors like this when I was growing up! There is tons of new literature to feel thew minds of your youth today and I thank each and every author for this!!

So hop over to SYNC and download a book to listen to while you go for a quick run or lay around in the hammock in your back yard!!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Don't Forget!!!!

Don't forget to check out all the great summer activities at the branches of the 
Blackwater Regional Libraries!!!

Check their website - click on a branch, choose a  calendar and see what's happening!!

There is something for all ages - even the adults have a group!! :)