SUNDAY SUMMARY

I had a good two weeks for reading. This second week has been rainy each day, so the weather was perfect for snuggling in and reading up a storm. (I guess that’s why the rain gauge had 5 inches in it.)

Book selected for the Third Tuesday Book Club at the Alvin Library for May. We met face to face for the first time in over a year. It was so good to see everyone.
Part of my Madeline L’Engle project
I had this on my Kindle for some time. I finally got around to reading it.
A tiny book which was a delightful collection of essays about the various things that make up a home
My favorite kid-read so far this year
I am using this to find an inspirational thought to begin each day.

The grades are posted; the semester has ended, and I spent most of my time this past week writing my summer school course. As usual, I have changed the course entirely (as I end up doing every semester), which is a good thing because it keeps the course fresh to me, and also to my students. Summer school begins June 6th, so I had better get a hurry on finishing my online asynchronous (where students can work at their own pace) Advanced Writing Class. I am having a dear friend over for coffee this coming week, and visiting with two former students as well. It promises to be a busy week.

SUNDAY SUMMARY

AFTER THE RECENT SNOWMAGGEDON, the temps getting up to 80 degrees was a blessing!

This week was sunny, often cloudy and humid, but…WHO CARES! No more snow; no more 14 degrees with no heat. The plumbing and heat & air-conditioning trucks travel throughout the subdivision, and soaked carpeting and insulation are left out on yards to be picked up. Things are slowly returning to normal. I am caught up with catching up my online Advanced Writing class, and have been able to do some reading.

An attempt to read more non-fiction

An attempt to read more poetry

A re-read for a “project”
Another re-read, same “project”

An eBook

My daily “read”

I am savoring this one and reading slowly.

Definitely something from The Classics!

That’s me all right!

SUNDAY SUMMARY

I have been so busy with the start of the new semester that I have done very little reading, other than looking at and marking student assignments. I have done some reading which is summarized here.

Grunge rubber stamp with word Finished inside,vector illustration
A lovely historical fiction story told in the form of closely connected poems

This is so much more than a children’s book. It is the story some of my students back in the 70s experienced as they fled Vietnam, were sponsored by local churches, and were plopped into my reading class with no knowledge of English. This was one of my most challenging and most rewarding teaching assignments ever. I often wonder what became of Son, Hau and Dung, and where they ended up. I often wonder if they are well and happy.

A wonderful book of poems recommended by a blogger friend

I am reading this book slowly, savoring every word and appreciating the lovely word choices and phrasing.

Min Jin Lee is a new author to me, one I am respecting more and more, the further I get into the book.

This is a wonderful novel. I am lucky enough to get the large print edition from my local library. It is a long book to begin with, and in large print, it is a good five inches thick!

My daily check-in with Breathnach and with myself



There isn’t a day that goes by that this book doesn’t speak to me. I copy many of its copious quotes into my Quote Notebook, and think all day about what this author says. I am learning to think about myself, my life, and things, in general, differently because of this book.

This came in the mail yesterday

When I opened my mailbox, there was a book! I was excited because I couldn’t remember ordering one. Peachtree Publishers were kind enough to send me a free copy, and I had forgotten it was even coming. What a wonderful surprise! It will be perfect for a Saturday Morning for Kids post.

It’s definitely time for another classic! I have plenty on hand on my TBR, it’s just a matter of picking one up.

So, happy reading, and as we say goodbye to January, let’s look at February as a month of love–to others and to ourselves.

SUNDAY SUMMARY

Continuing to read:

Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach

Heart Talk:Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life by Cleo Wade

The Dutch House narrated by Tom Hanks

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Watched:

movie: Christmas in the Smokies

series: The New Girl Thanksgiving episode

I am looking forward to reading:

Buddhaland Brooklyn by Richard C. Morais

SUNDAY (EVENING) POST

I enjoyed reading Sarah at Brainfluff’s “Sunday Post” so much for so many years that several years back, I added my own Sunday Post, but named it “Sunday (Evening) Post because I never could seem to get to it until Sunday night and in honor of the old magazine, The Saturday Evening Post. It is my attempt to catch readers up on what I am reading now, what I have finished, and what I have just begun. I am a reader who reads multiple books at a time, often switching books for variety and because I have books stashed in different rooms of the house and in the car for times of “unavoidable delay.”

What I am reading now

I am still continuing Americanah by Ngozi Adichie on my laptop’s Kindle. My problem with finishing it is I forget it’s “on there.”

I recently started and am now on chapter twenty-three of The Rosie Result by Graeme Simison, the final book in his Don Tillman Trilogy. It is as warm and funny as the first book, The Rosie Project, and even better than the second, The Rosie Effect. The entire series is one I often recommend to people who don’t enjoy reading, and almost always they are won over.

In an effort to clear my TBR shelves (yes, plural) I am continuing to read The Mercy of the Tides by Keith Rosson. It has been a long time since I have read a police procedural, and so far this one is an enjoyable read.

In order to support my church library, two weeks ago I checked out God Was Here and I Was Out to Lunch by James W. Moore. I am still reading, keeping this book in my guest bedroom for when I am wakeful, and My Better Half is blissfully snoring away.

To supplement my Advanced Writing class, I bought This Is Not a Writing Manual: Notes for Young Writers in the Real World by Kerri Majors at Half Price Books, and I have read almost thirty pages at this point.

On my iPad Kindle, I have downloaded a romance, something I rarely read, but this one is set in the fifties, a time when I was struggling with the “new-to-me” concept of dating, which makes for nostalgic reading. The book is Jaqueline L. Sullivan’s Lovesick, a book another blogger reviewed and recommended.

Since July 29th, my last Sunday (Evening) Post (I can’t believe I completely skipped the month of August!), I have finished the following:

The Sparrow by Mary Dorie Russell (to be reviewed soon/ Aftermath by Suzanne Morris(Reviewed recently )/ Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlin (to be reviewed soon)/ Who Was Jackie Kennedy? by Bonnie Bader/ and the Netflix series The Outlander

I have just begun

Barbara Leaming’s Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: The Untold Story   The two books on Jackie Kennedy are in preparation for my Third Tuesday book club at the Alvin Libary.  Each of us selected a First Lady to read about and present to the group.  It ought to be an interesting (and perhaps lengthy) meeting.

HAPPY READING ALL!

TRIPLE W WEDNESDAY

This meme was formerly hosted by Miz B at “A Daily Rhythm,” and more recently revived by Sam at “Taking on a World of Words.” It is called WWW Wednesday, where one answers the three “W” questions:

WHAT are you currently reading?

WHAT have you recently finished? and

WHAT will you read next?

Post the answers to these three “Whats” on your blog or simply type them into the Reply box below.  It will expand to fit. LOL

WHAT I am currently reading:

You Are a Special Heaven put out by the Conception Abbey Press, a book of memes and sayings to meditate and think on throughout the day.  I am copying many into my quotes notebook.

We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg, a large print book I picked up from our local library.

WHAT I recently finished:

Aftermath by Suzanne Morris, a novel about the tragedy of the London School in New London, Texas and its aftermath (set in the late 30s)

Coffee Poems, editited by Lorraine Healy and including a poem, “Measuring Water by Sound” by Jen Payne, fellow blogger and poet extraordinaire

I’m Just No Good at Rhyming and Other Nonsense for Mischevious Kids and Immature Grownups by Chris Harris and illustrated by Lane Smith

WHAT I am going to read next:

The Nest by Cynthia D’ Aprix Sweeney

What are you reading now? Has anyone read The Nest? It is a book club selection, so I am going in blind. Please advise.

 

 

SUNDAY (EVENING) POST

Since last Sunday, I have been spending most of my time working on my syllabus for fall and writing assignments and handouts for class. Other than making peanut butter and jam sandwiches to put in the bag lunches to be distributed to two low-income trailer parks locally by a friend’s church, I didn’t even get out much.

However, I did a bit of reading:

What I finished:

Why They Can’t Write by John Warner/ Coffee Poems: Reflections on Life with Cofee, edited by Lorraine Healy/ Under My Hijab, a children’s book written by Hena Khan and illustrated by Aaliya Jaleel/ Butterfly Yellow, a YA novel by Thanhiha Lai/ and a play, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide /When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange

What I am Continuing to Read:

Americanah by Chimananda Nzozi Adichie/ The Sparrow by  Mary Doria Russell/ Aftermath by Suzanne Morris, and continuing to watch episodes of the second season of Netflix’s The Outlander

Just Begun:

Rise and Shine, a novel by Anna Quindlin.

This week ahead promises to be full with an appointment to have the car worked on early tomorrow, a foot surgeon’s appointment Tuesday and a Grand Re-Opening to celebrate the fresh paint My Better Half put on my Little Free Library (complete with free books, cookies, small prizes, and a drawing to be held for a Barnes and Noble gift card) Wednesday morning for the neighborhood.

 

Sunday (Evening) Post

When I first started Sunday (Evening) Post, I wrote, “I follow a blogger (Brainfluff) who has a post feature that is simply delightful and engaging, so I am posting my Sunday (Evening) Post here:” Basically, following Sarah’s lead, I posted WHAT I am reading/ WHAT I have finished/ and WHAT I’ve seen (TV, films, etc.) along with an update on the past week’s activities.

This past week, I have FINISHED: You Can Do Anything: The Surprise Power of the ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Degree by George Anders (2017). This book was a life-changer for me.  Not only did it persuade me I still had relevant skills in my current employment search (having majored in Literature in grad school), but now I am converting my copious notes into a brief to be read by my students in the fall.  YES, you read that correctly! I called to see if I could get my old job, teaching Advanced Writing back, and received an email back that began with 5 yesses”!  Not only that, but I can write my own curriculum, as we are looking for a section where Art majors will be successful and motivated to attend. (I am sure there will be more, much more on this later.)

I am CONTINUING to read Art for Dummies Hahaha–see where that came from? The only art class I took as an undergrad was Art Appreciation, part 2, which covered from the Byzantine period through the Italian Renaissance.  It was a wonderful course; and perhaps if I tell the art students (the other students will be from a variety of majors as was always the case) they need to be able to write appeals to their patrons for financial support and to owners of galleries asking for a show, the students will find the assignments relevant and helpful. I am extremely excited and very motivated myself!

Also, I CONTINUE the Alphabet Challenge, halfway through “Z”, chosen for the future exploration of “Books about Books,” The Shadow of the Wind by Zafon (remember I cheated a bit and went by author instead of title.). I am three-fourths of the way through  Unbecoming, a novel by Rebecca Scherm, then since my book club selection covered “V,” I will have only “W,” “X,” and “Y” to read by year’s end.

I decided it was time to get back to good sci-fi, so I am almost one third into The Sparrow, a fantastic book I put on my Kindle ages ago, making quite a list under “CONTINUING.” I am right in the middle of several books.

I am LOOKING FORWARD to reading What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon, the R.A.T. Pack (Senior Citizen’s) book club selection for July and a return to my pledge to read more non-fiction with Helen Thorpe’s Just Like Us, a journalist’s account of “four Mexican girls coming of age in America.” I enjoyed Thorpe’s Newcomers at the beginning of the year, and am glad to be returning to an author I respect and admire very much.

This is too long a post already, so I will save what I have “viewed” for another time. Right now I have to find my reading glasses and get busy!

WWW Wednesday

This meme was created by MizB at Daily Rhythms and now is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. In participating, one answers three “Whats”

What are you currently reading?

What have you recently finished?

What will you read next?

Here are my answers for 1/23/19

 

Currently, I am listening to Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes as part of my 2019 audio book challenge.

I am also slowly and thoughtfully still reading The Newcomers by Helen Thorpe, part of my goal to read more non-fiction.

Evidence of Flossing, a collection of poems and a photo essay by Jennifer A. Payne is another current read, which I’m more glad each time I encounter a new section that I purchased this slim, delightful, thought-provoking reading experience.

 

Today/Currently, I have just finished The Obelisk Gate as book “O” of my Alphabet Challenge, which I picked up halfway through the alphabet on New Year’s Day. Gate is by N.K. Jemisin and is the second book in the “Broken Earth trilogy.  It is a sci -fi masterpiece.

Last night, as part of my goal to read more non-fiction, I finished Magic Words @ Work, by Kaminsky and Penney. This book offers “magic” words and phrases that get desired results in the workplace.

This past Sunday, I finished Nutshell by Ian McEwan, a novel with a unique p.o.v, that of a fetus within the womb, the narrator, Hamlet–yes, Shakespeare’s  manic prince.

I also finished the “P” selection for the Alphabet Challenge, “The Prayer of Jesus, ” a devotional book by Hank Hanegraaff, introduced by Lee Strobel (of The Case for Christ) and recommended by my personal, favorite inspirational author,Max  Lucado.

 

I hope to read soon The Odessa Chronicles by Colin Chappell, whose blog meandray.com is one of my favorites.

 

Some reasons I was able to do so much reading recently was because I took two days to do nothing but rest and read, and the MLK holiday was observed on Monday of this week. Tuesday and today brought inclement weather, which kept me at home curled up with many good books. I hope the world was equally good to you this week. HAPPY READING!

 

 

 

WWW Wednesdays

With apologies to the bloggers who began and hosted this site/meme, I am flying by the seat of my pants and listing WHAT I have finished this week, WHAT I am reading now, and WHAT I am looking forward to reading.

THIS WEEK I finished: What Great Teachers Do Differently by Todd Whitaker (reviewed on Literacy Lessons/Literacy and Me)//My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Stroud, and another of her most recent books, Modern Lovers.  I have now set a goal for myself to read everything she has written.

I AM CONTINUING to read: The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin, a sci fi masterpiece, the second book in “The Broken Earth Series.” I am also reading two children’s books from the school library where I now volunteer which gives both the English and Spanish wording of the text.  Like the kids in first and second grade who picked these books out for me and are in a bilingual class, I read best from looking at the pictures and guessing than actually translating line by line. The books are helpful to me in my attempts to “pick up Spanish.” I am listening to Stephen King’s audio book Mr. Mercedes as part of the audio book challenge I have taken on for 2019. (This will be discussed in a future post on this blog.)

I AM LOOKING FORWARD to reading Evidence of Flossing by Jen Payne, a book of poetry accompanied by a photo essay, which I have looked at and randomly read a poem or two, but I would like to undertake a “study” or immersion into what I know will be a terrific reading experience.

That’s where I stand this second week in January.  Where are you, and where are you headed in your reading life?  Please comment and share with me your own experiences so far in 2019.