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!
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!
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”.
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.
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 🙂
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!!)
- The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
- My Russian by Deirdre McNamer
- Open Secrets by Alice Munro
- Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan
- Yo! by Julia Alvarez