Technically, my last Sunday (Evening) Post that gave an update on what I was reading was on June 30th. I skipped the next Sunday, the 7th because I had just given a detailed update on my July 4th Personal Readathon where I described what I had finished, was reading and what I was looking forward to reading as of that date. When the 14th came, I was a day late on Saturday Mornings for Kids, so I posted it on Sunday instead.

And, here we are at another Sunday, the 21st, the next to the last Sunday in July.  Summer has been too long in some ways for me, too short in others.  I guess I fall into the category of, “You just can’t please some people”!

Here is what I have finished since the end of June: Art for Dummies/ What the Wind Knows (No, I lacked a few pages of finishing by the book club meeting, but even though the participants discussed the ending, I was intrigued and did finish it that afternoon./ No Time to Spare (essays from Ursula Guin), Unbecoming, Book “U” of The Alphabet Soup Challenge, The Readaholics, A Gothic Celebration (a cozy, bookish mystery I picked up and put down while waiting on other things and other people), No Ordinary time (see July 4 post), and Peter Elbow’s classic, Writing with Power.

Because I had spread myself very thin, I decided to postpone finishing Zafon, The Shadow of the Wind for Book “Z” until I had finished the other letters, and I also postponed starting Just Like Us by Helen Thorpe.

For some reason, I did more reading on Kindle. I started and am continuing to read The Sparrow, classic sci-fi; Why They Can’t Write; Americanahand I am continuing to watch the last episodes of season 2 of The Outlander.

I haven’t been reading as much as usual, for I have been busy, but a good busy.We took birthday cakes and made visits to two Sunday School friends, another friend and I visited the local writer’s group’s meeting at the public library, I had two tutoring sessions with a great new pupil, I rounded up and mailed two big boxes of “stuff” to relatives I’ve been putting off since the middle of June, had time to blog and more importantly, enjoy friends’ blogs, and even went on “adventures” with My Better Half a couple of times, morning or afternoon errands/outings/retail therapy–eating out each time we did, of course. It has been hot here, but surprisingly not as hot as the rest of the country. The “feels like” temperatures in the afternoons hit 100-110 degrees, but looking at the national weather map, places that really aren’t used to this kind of heat are experiencing the same temperatures, an unusual phenomenon!

That’s my past few weeks, and I am looking forward to some really good watching, reading, and good things coming up in the week ahead.

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."

5 thoughts on “SUNDAY (EVENING) POST”

  1. Glad that you have a busy time in a good way! I’m also relieved that the heat hasn’t been too extreme in your neck of the woods – well… it IS extreme – but not MORE extreme! Have a great week Rae and if you get a chance, do put your feet up for a while:))

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