This fun meme, hosted by MizB at the blog A Daily Rhythm is one several of my blogging friends participate in. Since I haven’t posted a Sunday (Evening) Post on PWR in some time, I thought i’d use this shortcut to update friends on my reading lately.

WHAT are you currently reading? Raising Lazarus by blogger and author Aiden Reid, whom I’ve been following for some time. His novel introduces us to a troubled young man named Lazarus; yes, that Lazarus.  It is a fascinating read from a very creative mind./ In the Shadow of Statues by Mitch Landrieu, the mayor of New Orleans. This non-fiction selection is the November choice by my Third Tuesday Book Club at the Alvin Library. /Max Lucado’s (my favorite inspirational writer) Jesus,which is a compilation of many of his books I have read before, but they are arranged thematically and brings back to thought some of the best of his helpful, lovely writing.

WHAT did you recently finish? Compulsion, a YA romance/mystery/semi-paranormal novel that was a good, fast read, the first in a series that will appeal to many readers on many levels. I do not intend, however, to read the other two books in the series. I also finished an audio book, For One More Day by Mitch Albom, which was a heart-wrenching    novel that had me sobbing as I was getting ready for school. (Try putting on makeup while the tears are streaming down!)

WHAT do you think you’ll read next?  I really want to get back to the alphabet challenge I abandoned last summer, promising to pick it up again in the fall. I hope to read soon Nightbird (for “N” where I left off) by Alice Hoffman. From the cover I would guess it’s aimed at a YA audience, and I can already tell it has Hoffman’s signature touch of the supernatural. I also promised Jay of “This is My Truth Now” that although I could not participate in his Cozy Mystery Marathon, I would read a cozy mystery sometime in October. I missed the deadline, but I will start Assaulted Caramel, the first book in Amanda Flower’s new series, “An Amish Candy Shop Mystery Series” this weekend.

I just have not had that much reading time this month or even in October, for that matter. But, as the holidays approach, I am going to make a concentrated effort to slow down and spend some time reading. I am hoping to get in my own little marathon to clear out a few books on my TBR shelves before the first of the year. Wish me luck with that!


Author: Rae Longest

This year marks my fiftieth year in AAUW (American Association of University Women). The Alvin chapter was begun in 1947, and as a new, green teacher to Alvin Independent School District, I joined in 1968. In the 80's we began a book group to share our love of reading, books,and fellowship with other women and girls who loved the same. We resurrected the group on-line in September of 2015. Eventually Powerful Women Readers folded as an on-line book club, but I kept the title and turned it into a blog. (See "Introduction,"first blog). This is my first experience at blogging or publishing anything and is becomes more fun with each blog posted. I have just completed 30 years of teaching as an adjunct at The University of Houston Clear Lake. This is after three years at Alvin Community College and an almost-twenty year career as a classroom teacher with Alvin Independent School District, adding up to a total of teaching 50 years in all. Reading and writing are "in my blood" just like teaching is. I hope you enjoy the blog.

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