Returning library books. Here are my favorites this week:Between Heaven and Texas by Marie Bostwick Strong, independent mommy of a Special Needs child, and she quilts! My kind of story :)
Devotion and Defiance by Humaira Awais Shahid Another strong, independent mommy. Stands up for the women of Pakistan.
I love learning new words. My best helpers:paperbackswap a while back.
My big red dictionary. Mom bought it at a yard sale when I was little. I used to read it like a novel. Colton and I used it during his 4th grade year to write vocabulary definitions.
thefreedictionary Go check it out! Besides being a fabulous online dictionary, there's a word of the day, hangman game, spelling bee and vocabulary quiz. Perfect for word nerds, like me.
Anyway, even though my favorite reads this week were totally different genres, I was surprised to find the same new-to-me word in both!
New word: sycophant A servile self-seeker who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people. A kiss-up. I've always taught my first-graders to use context clues to figure out the meaning of new words, but Verbal Advantage suggests looking up new words. Started doing this a few years ago- so glad I did.