I am trying to read a classic whose title I draw out of a fishbowl every two months.

My August/September selection is The Secret History.

I don’t know who decided this book was a classic, but if it’s anything like her more recent book, I KNOW I’ll enjoy it.

I have from the time the book comes in from my request at the Brazoria County Library until the end of September to find time to read and appreciate Tartt’s huge writing skills.

I LOVE good books!
Thanks to one of my young blogging friends for designing this sign off for me.

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."


  1. So you piqued my interest in the idea of what makes a classic. This one is defined as a modern classic.

    “Modern classics in literature are like that—smooth-skinned and young, yet with a sense of longevity. … A classic makes connections. You can study a classic and discover influences from other writers and other great works of literature. That’s as good a definition of a classic as you’ll find.”

    Wikipedia says: A classic is a book accepted as being exemplary or noteworthy, for example through an imprimatur such as being listed in a list of great books

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