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."
Reading This Week:
It's actually been awhile since I posted, so it's sort of a half-month summary. I've finished reading seven books and listening to one.
Salt to the Sea is easily the best, but I also really enjoyed Saga Vol. 6, Constable & Toop, and A Game for All the Family.
I've been taking my husband's car to work whenever possible for the simple reason that it has a CD player, which means I can listen to books while I commute. Except sometimes I get overly excited about the book and grab a print copy and finish it at home. (That's what happened with Salt to the Sea. I started listening to it in the car last Friday morning, started reading the book at lunch, listened on the way home, and finished the book that night!)
Blogging this week:
Kinda didn't happen. I shared a few pictures yesterday, and that was it. Surprise hiatus is the best hiatus? I did have a post up at Nerdy Book Blog last week, which was cool. I was proud of myself because I had the idea and queried them about it, then wrote it and submitted it. It made me feel all professional to do it in that order.
Life this week:
Two weeks ago I took an epic fall and gave myself a concussion. Last week was kind of hard. I was wiped out all the time and not focusing very well, and I dropped a few balls by accident and put some, like blogging, down on purpose.
This week has gone much better. I'm feeling back to normal and have made it through my days nap-free, which is definitely an accomplishment. The last round of Booklove Foundation grant books came in, which was extremely exciting, as it had some of my most-anticipated titles. My daughter and I went to see Carl Hiassan speak at Powell's on Tuesday, which I'll post about this week.
A definite highlight of my week was a student telling me today, "Mrs. Gassaway, I'm so mad at you! I don't even LIKE reading, but I love this book, and I keep wanting to find out what's going to happen next!" The book in question is something I grabbed for two bucks at Goodwill because the cover looked "scary," which is what my students are forever requesting I get more of. Since kids are placed into my classes because they test as reading well below grade level, I celebrate every positive reading experience.
I'm also trying to get ready for the Global Read Aloud event next month. I'll be reading Gary D. Schmidt's Orbiting Jupiter to my classes, and we're going to be connecting with classes in Ohio, New York, and Sweden who are reading the same book on the same schedule. I'm feeling underprepared, but I know the book is a winner, and I think whatever we manage to pull off in terms of inter-school communication will be icing on the cake.
It's been kind of weird not posting and not having time/energy to even read much online. I'm excited to get back to it though.