Mrs. Pataky’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

My new principal is big on community outreach, and also big on social media. Thus, in an effort to follow his example, I tried something new this year, putting together a Holiday Gift Guide for parents/grandparents/mentors of some of my favorite middle school books that I read during 2017. Plus, now I can share it with all of you!

I have to say, it was tough narrowing it down to what would reasonably fit on one front/back page, and with the 14 I selected, I edged on the side of those that would be popular with my kiddos, and not necessarily my top 14 from the year (although my top three are definitely on here).

Without further ado or explanation, here it is. Please feel free to use and share as you’re doing all your shopping this season! Download Mrs. Pataky’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide here.




Retail Therapy 4: Books Bought Saturday

Saturday afternoon I had to run into the library to pick up a DVD I had on hold. That was all I needed to do. But a certain someone who was accompanying me had never been to the FriendShop, not to mention the library itself. This needed to be remedied, obviously. I was only acting out of mercy, when I brought him down to the basement and bought the following three books:

  • Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi (I suppose I should also read Lolita while I’m at it.)
  • Tales of a Female Nomad, by Rita Gold Gelman (When I worked at B&N, I was usually in charge of straightening the travel section after close, and this book always caught my eye for some reason.)
  • Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood (Always adding to my Atwood collection. Especially since this is the predecessor to The Year of the Flood, which I own already.)

Purchased from: CPL FriendShop

Total Spent: $3.00

Retail Therapy 3: Books I Bought Today

Come on, folks. It’s been 2.5 months since I’ve bought any books. Which is why I went a little wild at the FriendShop today:

  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery
  • I Feel Bad About My Neck, by Nora Ephron
  • Nowhere in Africa, by Stefanie Zweig
  • On Beauty,by Zadie Smith
  • Room, by Emma Donoghue
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, by Lisa See
  • The Zookeeper’s Wife, by Diane Ackerman

Purchased from: CPL FriendShop

Total spent: $7.00

Retail Therapy 2: Books I Bought Today

The CPL FriendShop is having a 2 for 1 sale on all Teen/Children’s books during the month of April, so naturally I had to go check out what they had. Seeing as it’s the third weekend in April, the sections are pretty picked over, but I was able to score a couple middle grade titles, one of which I’ve been meaning to grab for a while now.

Today I bought:

  • Chasing Vermeer, by Blue Balliett
  • Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters, by Lesley M. M. Blume

Purchasing from: CPL FriendShop

Total spent: $0.50

Here’s to a summer of Middle Grade reading!

Retail Therapy: Books Bought Today

So, I think I’ve mentioned before how I buy books by the armload full for no reason but to have them around. Of course I read some of them, but for the most part, they just become stacks on various shelves. In fact, I’m running out of book space in my apartment, and will soon be adding books to the top of my kitchen cabinets. I’m not saying I have a problem. I have absolutely no problem with this habit of mine. I think it’s perfectly legitimate, especially when I never buy them full price and rarely buy them for more than a dollar a piece. But since I’m participating in this Off the Shelf Challenge this year, and I’m starting to struggle with remembering what I bought this year and what I’ve bought previously, I thought it might be a good idea to track what I’m buying when. And since you’re interested in what I’m reading, maybe you’re interested in what I’m buying, too.

Today I bought:

  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
  • Everything is Illuminated, by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Looking for Alaska, by John Green

Purchased from: Champaign Public Library Friendshop

Total money spent: $3.50