I love to read, and I love sharing new books with students, family and friends. I enjoy all types of fiction, but I especially like historical fiction, fantasy, and science fiction. I'm excited about the great young adult literature that's being published today and love the role technology is playing in the spread/popularity of this genre.


Books I Plan to Read!
Books I've Read!
Shelfari: Book reviews on your book blog

2011-2012 School Year
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Bitterblue by Karen Cashore
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney
The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen
Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (reread)
Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr
Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr
Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr
Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
Underworlds-The Battle Begins by Tony Abbott
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
43 Old Cemetery Road: Dying to Meet You by Kate Klise
The Sherlock Files: The 100-Year-Old Secret by Tracy Barrett
Skellig by David Almond (reread)
Deep Down Popular by Phoebe Stone
Girl, Stolen by April Henry
Amulet 3: The Cloud Searchers by Kazi Kkbuishi
Amulet 2: The Stonekeeper's Curse by Kazi Kibuishi
Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazi Kibuishi
Epitaph Road by David Patneaude
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Holes by Louis Sachar
Numbers by Rachel Ward

2010-2011 School Year
Montacute House by Lucy Jago
The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
So B. It by Sarah Weeks
Words of Stone by Kevin Henkes
Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann
Acceleration by Graham McNamee
Down the Yukon by Will Hobbs
Shackleton's Stowaway by Victoria McKernan
The Stone Child by Dan Poblocki
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick
Diamond Willow by Helen Frost
Wolves of the Beyond: Lone Wolf by Kathryn Lasky
The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester
The Book of Time by Guillaume Prevost
Bad News for Outlaws by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
Choker by Elizabeth Woods
Impossible by Nancy Welin
The Fear Place by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Matched by Ally Condie
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
The Compound by S.A. Bodeen
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
The Maze Runner James Dashner
Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara
A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
Hoofbeats: Margaret and Flynn by Kathleen Dueyteam_edward.jpg
Stork by Wendy Delsol
Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
Frostbite by Richelle Mead
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Blacktumblr_lf1fuokFbe1qfkluho1_500_large.png
Time Riders by Alex Scarrow
What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
Ransom by Julie Garwood
The Secret by Julie Garwood
To Catch an Heiress by Julia Quinn
The Magic Half by Annie Barrows
Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
The Iron Daugter by Julie Kagawa
Winter's Passage (novella) by Julie Kagawa
The Year the Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Sunday at Tiffany's by J. Patterson & G. Charbonnet
The Dying Breath by Alane Ferguson
Beastly by Alex Flinn
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Jane by April Lindner
Walk of the Spirits by Richie Tankersly Cusick
Dovey Coe by Frances O'Roark Dowell
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
love_reading.jpgSecrets of Cicada Summer by Andrea Beatty
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
The Circle of Blood by Alane Ferguson
Grace by Shelley Gray
Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn
The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn
The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages
Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Copper Sun by Sharon Draper
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
The Named: Ratha's Creature by Clare Bell
Linger by Maggie Stiefwaver
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Incarceron by Fisher
Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff
Shakespeare Stealer by Gary L. Blackwood
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

My All-Time Favorites (Well, some of them!)

2009-2010 School Year
The Dark Side of Nowhere by Neil Shusterman
Crandall's Castle by Betty Ren Wright
The Dead Man in Indian Creek by Mary Downing Hahn
100 Cupboards by N.D. Wison
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Fire by Kristin Cashore
The Singing by Alison Groggin
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
City of Bones by Cassandra Claire
The Crow by Alison Groggin
The Riddle by Alison Groggon
The Naming by Alison Groggon
Nathaniel Fludd Beastologist #2 by R.L. Lefevers
Nathaniel Fludd Beastologist #1 by R.L. Lefevers
Ice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Jade Green: A Ghost Story by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Skellig by David Almond
Penny From Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm
The Game of Sunken Places by M.T. Anderson
Old Magic by Marianne Curley
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
The Sight by David Clement-Davies
The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas
The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney (reread)
The Girl Who Owned a City by O.T. Nelson (reread)
The Georges and the Jewels by Jane Smiley
Septimus Heap: Magyk by Sage
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowlingteampeeta.jpg
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder
Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

The Old Willis Place by Mary Downing Hahn
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn
A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Promises to the Dead by Mary Downing Hahn
All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn
The Alchemist by Michael Scott
Way Down Deep by Ruth White
Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements
Finest Kind by Lea Wait
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Mrs. Golden's favorite quotes

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."— Dr. Seuss

Stolen Children by Peg Kehret
Savvy by Ingrid Law
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
The Story of Jonas by Maureen F. Wahlberg
Blown Away by Joan Hiatt Harlow

2008-2009 School Year
Sasquatch by Roland Smith
Chronicles of Ancient Darkness: Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver

City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende
Jaguar by Roland Smith
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
Maximum Ride: Saving the World & Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Unwind Neil Shusterman
Maximum Ride: School's Out Forever by James Patterson
The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
's Eyes by Patricia MacLachlan
The Battle of the Labrynth by Rick Riordan
The Titan's Curse by Rick Riodan
The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
PEAK by Roland Smith
Rules by Cynthia Lordtumblr_ln360eecBo1qzavr6o1_500.jpg
The Missing: Book 1 FOUND by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne DuPrau
On the Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (reread)
Jason's Gold by Will Hobbs
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret
How it Happened in Peach Hill by Marthe Jocelyn
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty G. Birney
The Call of the Wild by Jack London (reread)
The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander (reread)
Indian Captive: heart_kindle3.JPGStory of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski (reread)
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn
Prairie Whispers by Frances Arrington
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
Crispin: At the Edge of the World by Avi
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
Zach's Lie by Roland Smith
Jack's Run by Roland Smith
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls (reread)
Do you Know the Monkey Man? by Dori Hillestad Butler
The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikealson
The Giant Wave by Peg Kehret
Pictures of Hollis Wood by Patricia Reilly Giffimages5.jpeg
A Dog's Life: An Autobiography of a Stray by Ann M. Martin
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell (reread)
Mr. Tucket by Gary Paulsen
Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
Twilight by Stephanie Meyers
New Moon by Stephanie Meyers
Eclipse by Stephanie Meyers
Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyers


Have you ever judged a book by its cover? I have! Here are some of my favorite ones!

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Reading Blogs I Follow!
Ms Yingling Reads


I am blessed with a great group of "reading friends." I love to share books and thoughts with these special people in my life.

My Reading Friends on PhotoPeach



I'm keeping this list of examples/ideas for designing a person reading profile of yourself on your wiki. Use any/all of them in a pleasing manner:)

  • welcome/introduction of the reader (you)
  • reading list
  • favorite books
  • favorite authors--links to their sites
  • favorite books covers
  • favorite characters
  • bff characters
  • favorite heartthrobs (lists and/or team badges)
  • reading goals
  • widgets
  • original videos: animoto
  • mini-slideshows: Amazon, Slides, Photobucket (see web tools page)
  • electronic book shelves
  • favorite quotes from favorite books
  • favorite quotes about reading
  • book montages
  • book trailers
  • countdowns
  • book reviews
  • book recommendations
  • reading friends (friends you share books with)
  • favorite reading pages (YA book blogs on internet or links to friends' pages)
  • links to the 1st and 2nd Quarter book talks
  • clip art/graphics

Check out this directory of young adult book blogs for more ideas!