A Note & Top 10 Tuesday: Books I’ve Picked Up On a Whim

Hello lovely bookish friends –

I am so happy to be back with you after an impromptu week’s absence, and so look forward to catching up on all that I’ve missed in the following days. It’s truly in being away from something that you realize just how meaningful it is, as they say. I am so grateful for this amazing community and thank you, so much.

So, not to be too mysterious: the reason I’ve been away is my yearly teacher … catharsis. My students took the AP exam on May 5th – this is like the Day of Truth & Judgment, a bittersweet end (my seniors are graduating 😦 ), a new beginning (only thing left to do now is see my babies off and begin planning next year), and so much more for me. Lots of emotions, and processing, and just overall, an introspective withdrawal.

BUT I am back in the world and feeling rejuvenated, ready for what’s on next, and excited to learn what you’ve been up to & what you’ve been reading!!!!

Many hugs, and cannot wait to chat!


Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Picked Up on a Whim


Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

I hadn’t read much fantasy up to the point I stumbled upon this book on an endless GR search, and was almost embarrassed to be caught reading ‘middle grade’ fiction at first. But this book changed all that. It is perfection in every aspect; Hardinge is brilliant. She opened up many new worlds for me!

ice.jpgIce by Anna Kavan

I randomly found this book while doing a trial of Amazon’s kindle-unlimited program. It’s the trippiest, most surreal work of art I’ve ever read – in the genre, I learned later, of “slipstream”.


girlglassGirl through Glass by Sari Wilson

At some point in early 2016, it occurred to me to try reading a new release (no idea why it took me this long). This was one of the first I spotted, and since it’s about dance, I considered it fate – and ended up absolutely loving it.


shaolin.jpgThe Shaolin Workout by Yan Ming

Ok, who doesn’t want to be a master kung-fu fighter? 😉 So, I have no idea how I came to buy this book, but it was clearly a mood of some kind. It sits on my desk, untouched. Maybe soon it will inspire me 🙂

reignerrorReign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools by Diane Ravitch

Ravitch is a personal favorite – an absolutely magnificent thinker, historian, policy analyst in the field of education. During this past week, in the frenzy of my little moment, I was inspired to read more about education, hence, this book (on deck soon).

And, 5 Books I chose last time I visited our local library’s used bookstore (which has such an incredible collection, for 50 cents to $2 a book!!)

What are some books you’ve picked up on a whim?


    1. Hi Lauren! Thank you for stopping by 🙂
      I do so agree on used bookstores, and I’m always amazed (but happy of course) at all the good stuff people donate, our local one has such an amazing collection. And it’s certainly so much easier to splurge when all books are only $1 😉

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  1. I’m so impressed that you have even found the time to blog at all while teaching seniors. Wow. I was a teacher for a year, but that didn’t go over well. Haha…

    I expect you will have more time for reading and blogging when school’s out. I look forward to readknf your future posts. 🙂

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  2. I’m glad you’re regaining your equilibrium after the emotional time of saying goodbye to your seniors. I’m sure that’s hard and bittersweet. I haven’t read any of your picks but Reign of Error sounds interesting and very important.

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  3. Oh changing groups of students each time must be tough! I only TA-ed but still miss one group who were lovely and smart and AWAKE! 😀
    Ooh yes Hardinge! I’ve only read her Face of Glass but that was so good. Also the Ravitch sounds great hough I know next to nothing about the US education system. And I spy Yo! Haven’t read that one yet, but Alvarez!! Happy reading 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Bina! That’s definitely the hardest part of teaching seniors (grade 12 in the US), they leave at the end of the year :~( BUT nowdays with FB and Twitter and stuff I do at least get to keep up with their adventures. The strangest/most amazing part is 4-5 years later, when they are “all grown up”… 🙂

      I do wonder how many of the issues that Ravitch brings up also plague education systems in other countries. I definitely need to read up more on international education issues.

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