A few of my favorite books: Favorite things

I love to read, so to choose even 3 books for this month's favorite things link up is challenging.  I chose a personal reading book, a "work" book and a children's books.

  1. I've probably read The Whole World Over by Julia glass about 15 times. My cover is beat up, and I suspect that on the next read the pages might start to fall out. I love Glass' (probably more well known for her critically acclaimed Three Junes) ability to weave stories about seemingly unrelated characters together.  The characters are rich and complex.  The Whole World Over follows the intertwined lives of Greenie, the liberal baker who is asked to be the personal chef for the conservative New Mexico governor, Walter, restaurant owner and romantic who takes on his nephew, and so many more. Those who loved Three Junes will enjoy seeing Fenno McLeod woven into the stories as well. A must read for those who like to get lost in a book.

My second book, Class and Schools, I first read during my doctoral studies.  Evidence related to the effect of social class on opportunity in education is laid out in an accessible way. The author concludes that in order to change education society must address these class issues. I got into education and policy for equal opportunity, and so this book speaks to me. I love both that it effectively shows what we know about the relationship between socioeconomic class and education and that it is well-written.  The first time I read it, I devoured it in a single afternoon. Other good reading in this area includes Jonathan Kozol's Savage Inequalities and Whither Opportunity (a bit more pure academic)

For my third book share, I chose just a fun children's books. I love children's books that work for adults (or big kids as I think of myself) and kids.  The Mysterious Benedict society (a series) is just one of those books. The writing is interesting and complex enough to appeal to adults but completely accessible for kids.  The books center around 4 "genius" kids who have to share the world. Each of the kids are remarkable in their own way.  For example, Sticky remembers everything that he has ever read and Kate can solve physical problems such as crossing a ravine with remarkable ease.  

I love that in order to save the world, the characters must recognize, rely on and support each other's talents.  And because each of the characters feels like they are the odd man out in their "normal" lives, I suppose I can relate on a personal level.   Becoming part of the Benedict society gives each of the four kids a community, and I can understand the importance of finding one's community. Plus the book was so fun!

I could have chosen so many other books to share in my favorite things, and maybe next months favorite things will be another book installment. Who knows?  You'll just have to come back to find out.  Share your favorite books in the comments (I love recommendations) and make sure to check out the other favorite things on the blog hop.



  1. That last book sounds absolutely amazing! I am going to check it out and see if I can find it on Amazon! Thanks for sharing and linking up with us this week!

    Funky in Fourth
    Teaching Trio


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