STACKING THE SHELVES December 30, 2018

This meme, hosted weekly by Tynga Reviews and Marlene of Reading Reality was first sent to me by Carla of Carla Loves to Read. I want to say a great big thank you for her making me aware of this clever meme and her help and advice she has given over the past year.  She is a true blogging friend.

The meme is all about sharing the books you have added to your shelves recently, whether they be actual books, those on electronic devices or whatever. I am going to focus on recent additions to my TBR shelves (My goal 2019 is to work the shelves down to a single wrap around shelf in my study’s/den’s closet .

Here are recent additions:

Paradise Sky by Joe R. Lansdale. This is a western, not necessarily a recent publication, hardback version from Amazon. The reviews were good, and I am thinking My Better Half, a big western fan, might enjoy it too.

I am almost finished with What Great Teachers Do Differently by Todd Whitaker. I would like to have it off the TBR shelf by New Year’s Day. This practical, relevant book was a hand-me-down from a friend who is getting rid of books she’s already read because of a move in the near future.

The Newcomers by Helen Thorpe I also ordered from Amazon because I wanted my own copy.  This book may have a major influence on this new stage of my life: a stage of retirement/reinvention.

Hatchet by Paulsen. This is a YA book I have heard about since it was published.  It showed up as a donation to the Little Free Library in my side yard, and I am determined to read it first before I place it into circulation or give it away.

Evidence of Flossing by blogger friend, Jen Payne. I have started it and am promising myself I’ll read some poetry once a month. I bought a paperback copy and am glad I did. The photos are amazing and the theme/metaphor of the collection is an experience–a wonderful one.

I have four books checked out from the local library, and have started one, Modern Lovers by Emma Straub. Her novels are always special, but this recent publication is one of the most enjoyable reads I’ve had in a long time. It is not “on the shelf” but on my nightstand.

In my “Prayer Corner” of my living room, on the end table, sits The Prayer of Jesus, by Hank Hanegraafe. This tiny book is my current inspirational read. I have barely started, but plan to spend some time with it early tomorrow morning–a good time to “get in touch.”

A book that arrived in Saturday’s mail is The Ninth Hour”, by Alice McDermott, a National Book Award winner. But, alas, I must place it on my TBR shelf because, as you can see, I have too many books “going” already.  Looking these choices over, the only way I can describe myself is an eclectic reader! LOL




Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus 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 “STACKING THE SHELVES December 30, 2018”

  1. Aww, thanks Rae. I read What Great Teachers Do Differently several years ago and bought it for any of my staff that wanted to read it, then we did a book talk. It had some great ideas in it. There are a few that you have listed that I want to check out, Evidence of Flossing sounds intriguing. Great post to start for joining in this meme. 🙂🙂


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