Sunday (Evening) Post

Okay, so it’s Sunday morning, but it’s ready, so here goes…

What I just finished:   Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue (Review was posted 10/6/16 on PWR.)   I also read a cozy mystery which serendipitously turned out to be set during the Great Pumpkin Festival in Stoneham, a fictional town of specialty bookstores, cafes, and other small town niceties. I could smell the pumpkin pie spices in the air as I read. (Review to follow later today)

What I’m still reading:   The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas by Anad Giridharadas. It’s borrowed, so I should get cracking, but the owner said I could keep it as long as I needed, and other books keep “popping up.”

What I’ve started:   The Gulf Coast Read for 2016 and the selection for this month from my Third Tuesday Book Club at the library.  It tells the story of “FDR’s secret prisoner exchange program and America’s only family internment camp during WWII.” I’m only on page 29 and it is already fascinating, just the right mix of history-politics and anecdote.

What I’m going to read next:   Our on-line book group, Powerful Women Readers, will have its quarterly get together a week from today at my house, and we will all hold a mini-marathon from Wed. the 12th until we meet Sunday the 16th ,with instructions to read as much as we can every minute we can, and then come and tell what we read.  The purpose is to finish as many books, we’ve already started (We all admit to reading more than one book at a time!) as we can. We’re calling Wed. through one o’clock Sunday a Marathon and the party (for that’s what it really is) our Reading Race at Rae’s. Hopefully, we’ll have a good turnout and note good book recommendations. I need to do some serious reading on books I’ve started or temporarily laid aside (so I can start some new reads!)

What I’ve watched:   The Hours and also The Shipping News.  I had read The Shipping News first and am still debating whether I liked the book or the film best. They were both excellent.

What I’m watching:  I saw the first two episodes of Bull on TV and am already hooked.

I helped with our AAUW brunch yesterday and had doctor’s appointments in addition to class day Wed, so this has been a very full week for me.  This week, with mid-term papers coming in, preparations for the Reading Race, and time consuming promotions at my Little Free Library promises to be more of the same.



Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

3 thoughts on “Sunday (Evening) Post”

  1. I love the idea of the reading marathon and am fascinated to hear about it. I’m always awed by people who can read more than one book at a time. I’m the ultimate monotasker, which I’ve always regretted – but I cannot function successfully any other way. Both The Hours and The Shipping News are wonderful films, aren’t they – but very different. Which did you prefer? Though I guess that’s a bit like comparing oranges to apples… Have a great week Rae and best of luck with the reading marathon:)


  2. I much agree about The Shipping News. One of my very favorite novels ever. But the movie was fabulous. I was amazed at how Kevin Spacey became Quoyle despite not being physically “right” for the role. I was initially so disappointed that Julianne Moore was chosen–far too beautiful. But she also wound up fitting. And of course, Dame Judi was sheer perfection. I re-read the book every few years and am never disappointed. A book that affected me almost as much was “The Bone People” by Keri Hulme. Set in New Zealand/family trauma/tremendous sense of place. Kind of stream of consciousness. Won the Booker Prize in 1985. It has stayed with me all these years. Another one I revisit every few years.


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