Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Bloggers are w.pngTaking a page from Deb Nance at Readerbuzz and participating in The Sunday Salon by answering: What did you read this past week?  What are you currently reading? What bookish things did you do? What else did you do this week?

I finished The Book of Joyshopping.jpeg

I am currently reading 81lCL0QrdbL._AC_UY436_QL65_ML3_.jpg The Dutch House

I enjoyed many things bookish, including putting a sign (with rhinestones yet!) on my LFL that read, “GIVE A BOOK FOR CHRISTMAS” in green, SHOP HERE” “The Price is Right” in black, and “FREE” in bright red. I filled the LFL with mint-condition books I’d been saving since last Christmas–baby books, learning-to-read-books, kid’s books, YA books and adult books–all centered around the Christmas season. The sign has been up for three days, and many of the books have disappeared, hopefully to a good home.

Cybils Logo 2018 - Master  I have spent a great deal of time this week reading Cybils books as a first round reader. Although this has been one of the most time-consuming projects I’ve taken on this year, it has been one of the most fulfilling and definitely the most fun!

This has been a busy week altogether. Monday brought errands and an AAUW party that evening; Tuesday the Four Friends group ate at Chili’s together; I made a quick trip to the university to get paperwork signed and things set up for the next semester on Wednesday, then hurried home to have a student over for lunch (She brought the lunch–my kind of guest!), and we finished up with Prayer Meeting at church that evening. It was a full, full day. I drove to a neighboring city and met a dear friend for lunch at a fabulous Mexican restaurant on Thursday, then had another student accompany us to a local restaurant for pizza and jazz–yes, in ‘lil ole’ Alvin. A friend was playing trumpet in the ensemble. While we were there, we were invited to a Christmas Cantata at a friend’s church where Danny, our trumpet-playing friend and his son would be featured in one anthem.

When I finally reached the weekend, Friday, I PUT MY GRADES ON LINE! I’m a free woman until the day after MLK day in January when the spring semester begins. Saturday brought my favorite graduation Starr (Estrella) to my house to take pictures in her cap and gown, and later I had scheduled an early supper with a former student from 2009. Finally, the week wrapped up when we took yet another former student to the Cantata and out to lunch at a Mexican Restaurant he recommended today. Whew! As you can see, we ate well, worked hard and played hard as well. Christmas is sneaking up on me, and although I have fully decorated, I have to think about food and final gifts. Thank goodness Christmas only comes once a year!



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."


  1. You created a beautiful Sunday Salon post. I loved seeing what you are reading and what you did last week. Wonderful. You’ve added pictures, too. I feel so happy for you.

    I’ve arrived late to the show for the new Ann Patchett book. I heard the audio was wonderful, so I decided to try to reserve it at the library….Whoa! Get in line. I won’t get that audiobook for a couple of months. Oh well. Such is life, sometimes.

    I’m especially taken with your idea for your LFL. What a wonderful celebration for Christmas.

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