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."
These were my original plans for a weekend of reading.
I finished My Epic Spring Break (Up), a YA Romance that was a fast, interesting read and was chosen because it was set in NYC. Since Social Graces, also set in NY, is overdue at the library, I made an effort to “get it done,” but it is Sunday evening, and I covered pages 144-180 so far during the weekend. (The night is not over.) In Peterson’s The Message, I finished the story/book of Job after beginning on chapter 11. Our Sunday School lessons this quarter studied Job, and it ended today. Next up we’ll study one of the Wisdom books, Ecclesiastes. I think I’ll study it in the Living Bible version. Because I had two audio books checked out from the library, I did not even open The Heart’s Invisible Furies this weekend.The copy I am reading from is a personal paperback.
Along with Spring Break, I finished a novelette by Miss Read, whom I’ve just now heard of, The Fairacre Festival. It was a 104 page read and was very pleasant. It reminded me of a cozy mystery, but there was no murder. Instead, there was a calamity the townspeople of Fairacre had to face together.
I was able to finish the audiobook, About Grace by Doerr. I had listened to the point of 67% read before the weekend. It took me three tries to read All the Light We Cannot See, so I tried the audiobook this time. It has magnificent descriptions.
A re-read of this month’s Book Club selection; this month’s meeting is the 20th.
I stalted Listening to audiobook Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, in an attempt to “read” four books set in New York by the end of the summer. p.s. I consider summer’s end to be Labor Day weekend. When do you say, “Summer’s over”?
I don’t think I started writing anything good until I accepted that rejection is par for the course. It made me less precious. It made me realise that revision is where the work gets done, that sometimes that thing you wrote sucks, and even if you throw work out, none of it is wasted if it gets you there. Raven Leilani
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If you only have time to read ONE more book before summer’s end, what would you choose?
This is the time of year when readers in my hemisphere are looking for “Beach Reads.” (If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, happy “winter reading!”) The term “Beach Read” is puzzling to me because I think any book you read at the beach or the pool is…
It was rather serendipitous last year that the first issue of MANIFEST (zine) came out just in time for International Zine Month! An auspicious debut and an amazing first year! So, today we celebrate! Happy Birthday MANIFEST (zine)…and many more!
I took on the challenge hesitantly because “Non-fiction has never been my ‘thing'” I now have to amend my statement, for I have come to love non-fiction and the benefits reading in this genre provide.
My latest “read” was John C. Maxwell’s
This 2013 publication is timeless, its lessons ones that the reader can apply immediately to his/her professional and personal life. Maxwell believes that “every loss can become a positive learning experience.” He discusses examples of dealing with setbacks. Facing problems, failure, and losses, for business people and those in other leadership positions are difficult, but this inspiring “handbook” can be very helpful.
Just as I tell my Advanced Writing students, “Practice does not make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect,” Maxwell tells his readers, “Experience isn’t the best teacher, evaluated experience is.”
My favorite chapters were “Change: The Price of Learning,” which I recommend to all us Senior Citizens who tend to be ‘set in our ways’ and “Improvement: The Focus of Learning”, which can be applied to my teaching needs.
This is a quick, interesting read, one which any reader will come away from with something useful
Reading L’Engle’s personal journals gave me an insight into her life and personality I did not get from any other source. I have read two biographies and a book of quotes about her so far, in an effort to read everything by and lots about her because she is one of my “heroes.” However, hearing her philosophy of life as expressed in Circle of Quiet made me respect her more than ever.
The Summer of the Great Grandmother was about her mother’s last summer at Crosswicks, the old farmhouse L’Engle and her husband renovated as their country home far from the hustle and bustle of NYC. Two Part Invention was the story of her husband’s illness and death, a devastating loss for L’Engle. Finally, The…
Although this lovely book was published in 2010, I didn’t come across it until it was donated to my Little Free Library…
…by a teacher-friend who was “getting rid of excess books.” Biblioburro is the true story of Luis Soriano, who ives in a remote village in Columbia. I had seen the PBS documentary and heard of several individuals who were emulating his project, but this is the version relevant to and about the kids served by Luis and his burros. It is a colorful, inspiring read.
“They say when trouble comes close ranks, and so the white people did. But we were not in their ranks. The Jamaican ladies had never approved of my mother, ‘because she pretty like pretty self.’ Christophine said.”
The mother mentioned in the first lines is the mother of non-other-than Rochester’s wife, “the madwoman in the attic” of Wuthering Heights, and this is her story. The other woman also has a large part in the narrative. Christophine is a Martinique woman, given to the mistress of the house as a young girl, who sees to her mistress and her daughter, and strongly influences them by her strong personality and island magic. The tales of Couliibri, the estate, are ones that make the reader wonder and tremble in fear. I finished the book last night after being pushed to turn pages rapidly and keep on reading far after I should have turned in for the night. It is an exciting, dramatic read.