I like to periodically check in and write about my book life, because like some of my most important relationships, books are a part of me. Plus, when I find someone else with similar reading material tastes, I always like hearing what they have to say. For the pleasure of my reading and non-reading followers alike, I’ll try to keep things short (and just for you Laura, I’ll take the time to imbed some pictures).
This is the third book club I’ve participated in in the last three years. Reasons why I like it the best:
- These women not only read the selected books, but actually discuss them, with thought and depth and librarian style enthusiasm.
- I am probably the youngest person in attendance, which nearly guarantees I can avoid talking about children, if I want. And when the subject of children does come up, there are enough generations in the room to help me keep a proper perspective on my place in life. It is bliss.
- Does anyone from Mrs. Abbott’s English class remember Good Taste Day? It was our favorite book project every semester because the requirement was simply to read a book then bring a food that relates to the book to share with the class. I liked the idea so much that as a teacher, I did it twice a year with my own classes. I have apparently found the adult-non-graded version of Good Taste Day. The only difference is that it is just the hostess (who selects the book as well) who must provide thematically appropriate food, which I look forward to enjoying one Thursday evening of every month.
These are the last two books we read for this book club and I gave both of them four stars. For sure, these are two books I would have never picked up on my own, but I can honestly say they were worth my time.
Finally Came in After Five Months in my Library Queue:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I read Twilight, so you know I had to pick this one up just see if it lived up to the hype. I am proud to announce I place it no where near the reject pile that Twilight ended up in. This book did not blow my mind nor change my life. Truth be told, it didn’t even really make me think. But it was entertaining, and I enjoyed all three hours it took me to read it. If I was a middle school teacher, I’d recommend it to all of my students but I’d never teach it. I’m eager to read the next two in the series and I can’t wait to see it as a movie.
Middle School Teachers Told Me To:
Every once in a while I find myself on a YA Fiction kick, because even as a high school teacher (or especially because of this) I need to have an ever-ready arsenal of good but somewhat easy reads. This is one that is actually pretty widely taught across many middle schools, and I can see why. As a Holocaust story, it is completely untraditional. For the record, parts of it did make me cry, which isn’t completely unusual, but it isn’t a rule with books and me, like it is with movies. This book took me much longer to read than the font and short paragraphs originally seemed to suggest. It was a little slow, but worth the effort.
A Personal Endeavor:
On my shelf currently is a growing list of parenting books. If you know me, you know it isn’t usually my thing to read books that I feel like I could have written. (Most “Continuing Education” requirements currently come to mind.) But I’ve had this idea sort of brooding for several years now that at some point in my life I could probably teach parenting seminars. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not amping up my scholarly reading for lesson fodder, because obviously I haven’t knowingly used any of their techniques or advice so far, but I figure it would be good preparation. When I consider normal parenting reading habits, I’d like to be able to speak to people as though I am one of them and not an enemy. Or something. Mainly, I’m preparing for the questions in my daydreams which go something like, “What do you think of so and so and what he says about…?” (Who knows, I might even end up agreeing with one of them.) Here are the few I’m on the verge of cracking: