I am days away from officially going back to work to set up my classroom and welcome my new second graders to the new school year. But thinking back to the summer, a lot of things happened. There were some sadness, but overall it had been a fun, eventful two months.
my post then, but it was because my paternal grandmother passed away. Not a fun trip, but she was really sick and we were glad she didn't have to suffer any longer. And despite the sad circumstance, it's always good to go back to our homeland.
Less than a week after we got back from the Philippines, I was traveling again. This time to San Francisco for the annual American Library Association conference. I went to the conference last year in Las Vegas and had a lot of fun, so I decided to go again this year. Unfortunately, Leslie couldn't make it, but my mom, brother and little sister Aubrey came with me and it was great!
|With the wonderful Leigh Bardugo!|
Being the book nerd that I am, the ALA conference was, of course, the highlight of the trip. I'm always like a kid in a candy store with all the books, author signings and just meeting and being around other people who love books as much as I do--I only get to do this kind of thing once a year, since authors do not come to Hawaii for book tours and events, so I try to do as much as I can.
|With Renee Ahdieh who was so lovely!|
Despite all that, I did get to meet some amazing authors including Leigh Bardugo, Renee Ahdieh (her debut novel The Wrath and the Dawn is the BEST I read this year so far), Anthony Doerr (who wrote All the Light We Cannot See and he was so nice), Rae Carson, Sabaa Tahir, Suzanne Young, as well as others. I also got a lot of amazing books that I am very, VERY excited to read--I tried to limit myself to books that I really want to read, but I ended up with a lot anyway.
|The bulk of my ALA haul.|
After a very eventful June, I spend July relaxing at home and trying to read as many books as I can before I have to go back to work. I also reorganized my bookshelves and got rid of more books that I know I am never going to read or reread to make room for the new ones. I caught up on tv shows and YouTube videos. And when I'm not reading or watching, I am on Pinterest pinning classroom ideas and browsing TeachersPayTeachers... I can't believe summer vacation is almost over!
Let me know which book above I should read first. I'm having a hard time deciding because I want to read them all ASAP.