I’m gearing up for my last round of #yalit seminars this school year. The end of April may possibly find me coming to a city near you.


As as I reflect on the year, I love looking at the feedback I receive from attendees. It is always an honor to spend the day with amazing educators, and I appreciate all the positive notes at the end of the day.


I thought I would pause on Fridays to highlight some of my Favorite (often humorous) Feedback...including this recent one:


I always say that we should just hold these seminars in a Barnes & Noble (or insert local bookstore of your choice). They would make a KILLING that day!

#takemymoney #booknerdproblems



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Updated: Feb 8, 2019

It’s Wednesday, so here’s what I’m reading.


This is is a TOUGH week to be a #booknerd! So many books that I’ve been waiting to read all came out on Tuesday.


To be honest, I’ve had advanced copies of two of these books since December, but I knew I was going to love the audiobooks so much that I pre-ordered from Audible and started the countdown to release date. (And, I have to say, I’m impressed that I didn’t break down and read the books over winter break).


Now to decide which one to finish first...


1) Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers!


The author’s “His Fair Assassins“ trilogy are some of my all-time FAVORITE books. EVER. And to get the chance to go back to this world and the characters? Yes, please! FYI, all three audiobooks were terrific productions, and so far this one does not disappoint.




2) On The Come Up by Angie Thomas


Thomas garnered MAJOR buzz in 2017 for The Hate U Give. I mean seriously, unless you’ve been living under a rock I’m pretty sure that you’ve at least heard of the book...or the movie...or both. I liked THUG, but I’ve been more excited for this story.


Also, the audiobook is narrated by the incomparable Bahni Turpin, so definitely worthwhile.


(Spoiler alert, I decided to finish this one first because I knew it would be a faster read. I’m 3/4 of the way through and it’s AMAZING!).




3) A Drop of Hope by Keith Calabrese


So, I have friends in town and I needed a beach read today...an actual book I could read and enjoy, but not worry about damaging. Beach days call for galleys. So, I grabbed this one because it was completely the opposite vibe, age group, etc. of the other two.


Scheduled to be released on 2/26, I am really loving this one! After a morning on the beach, I’m about half-way through and I can’t wait for the weekend so I can finish it. I’ll let you know my final thoughts next week!




What are you reading this week?



#whatimreading #mrsyuskoreads #series #newbooks #yalit #kidlit #mglit

Updated: Jan 30, 2019

#whyiteach Tuesday:


Short version: seeing a group of seniors change their opinion on books and reading! Longer version: This semester I added a high school Contemporary Lit class to my teaching schedule. And I’ll be honest, I was a little hesitant at first. I was told it would probably be all seniors who (a) didn’t have another elective option, and/or (b) might even need the literature credit to graduate. Not the ideal classroom makeup for a “reading is fun,” “we love books” type of discussion class that I had envisioned in my dreams.

Well, I’m 3 weeks in, and I have to say that I enjoy every minute I get to spend with these sharp, witty, insightful teens. The class makeup initially was 1/3 #booknerd and 2/3 “why does my elective say LITERATURE?!" But with #booktasting (pictured here), finding space in my borrowed classroom to set up a #classroomlibrary, #classroombookaday, reading aloud, and the freedom to CHOOSE what they want to read, we are slowly turning all of them into READERS!

We’ve had great discussion on reading for school vs reading for pleasure, discovering what type of books they enjoy and the environment in which they read best, and why it’s okay to stop reading a book they don't like... well, unless it's assigned, but that's an entirely different topic, and goes along with this video:


I’ve got big plans for this class...stay tuned for more updates!



#classroom #whyiteachtuesday #highschool #contemporarylit




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Excellent content, EXCEPTIONAL presenter! The entire presentation was engaging and meaningful. I am excited to have the opportunity to take all of these amazing titles and introduce my students to them.

Guadelupe, Teacher, CA

The knowledge and passion for books for EVERY reader  has hooked me! She is in the classroom and just gets readers.

Dee, Teacher-Librarian, CA

Wowza! One of the best, packed workshops, filled with RELEVANT content, delivered in a well organized, engagingly paced seminar. HIGHLY RECOMMEND to librarians and lovers of literature.

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