The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's "a chance to share news, a post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog."
I'm still on a two-week posting cycle with this link-up. Technically, it's been three weeks, but my July wrap-up came on a Sunday, so I feel like I covered everything there. I think it might just be time to accept that I have terrible time-management skills.
Reading This Week:
I've only read five books in the past two weeks, but in my defense, that's about 2,000 pages. I read me some doorstops. And the LOWEST rating I gave any of them was a 3.5/5. So it's been some terrific reading!
I confirmed my admiring first impression of V. E. Schwab with A Gathering of Shadows, then read the touching MG novel My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece. I finally read Symphony for the City of the Dead and LOVED IT. While on a long car trip, I listened to A Night Divided, and decided that it will make a great read-aloud this fall. Walls, divided families, propaganda...it just seems timely. And then I plowed through Carry On and was absolutely charmed and delighted. Rainbow Rowell's voice just works for me. I know she 's not everybody's cup of pumpkin mocha latte, but I am a fan.
|Why does the left-hand book keep going black? It's a mystery.|
Fun fact: Carry On also turned out to be the 2,000th book on my "read" shelf on Goodreads.
Blogging this week:
This will be only my fourth post in two weeks as well. Sigh. I have ideas, but I don't have time.
I did get in two Top Ten Tuesday posts, telling what I'd do (and what I did) with a fully loaded gift card and sharing ten classics I'd like to read someday. I have been so excited by my recent reads that I posted reviews of both V. E. Schwab's Shades of Magic books and Symphony for the City of the Dead. I don't write many reviews, but both of these books gave me a lot to say. I tried to set up my blog to make it easier to follow (one possible reason why I have barely a dozen followers) and I tried to do some purposeful commenting visits around the blogosphere, although right now my time and attention are going more towards teaching blogs than book blogs.
Life this week:
We also watched this video.
It got me thinking about (amongst other things) how happy being a reading teacher makes me. Being an ELD (aka ESL) teacher also made me happy. Teaching Language Arts never really did that. And I think it's because the "why" of both ELD and reading has to do with improving the lives of students, of helping students grow as human beings. But language arts was a whole bunch of "what" without the same "why." Five paragraph essay. Cite your source. Take notes on sentence structure. I'm not saying that one teaching assignment is better than another--I'm saying that some are better FOR ME because I am committed to WHY I'm teaching that.
Entering the last week of break, I have a day of meetings, a doctor's appointment, and my husband's birthday, which should be more fun than the other two commitments. I hope to get some reading in too!