Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday Post #22

It has been nearly a year since I last joined a Sunday Post link-up.  Thanks to Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer for hosting it so faithfully.

 Hello!  How have you been?

Not gonna lie, my main impetus for jumping back in is that I want to do a "make me read it" poll, and I figured a link-up would get me more voters than just posting on my own.  But I'll play nice and give you an update of the week too.

What I read this week
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me ****
Release ****
Side Effects May Vary ***
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore ****

I'm also reading The Hidden Oracle to my daughter, and trying to find a good audiobook to listen to on my commute.  I was listening to One Dark Throne, but it wasn't working for me in that format, so I'm back to the holds list for a paper copy. So I switched to nonfiction, which has worked for me before, but my selection, Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets is more of an oral history, and I think I need narrative nonfiction.  Then I started listening to Welcome to Night Vale (the novel, not the podcast), and it was fun for awhile, but it's kind of wearing thin.  I've just downloaded another nonfiction book, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, that I hope will work out.

On the blog this week
I willfully misinterpreted the TTT topic and posted nine books with the word "fall" in the title and one with the word "autumn.

I borrowed Deb at Readerbuzz's tag about the longest books I've read and hope to read.

I tried to comment on other people's blogs at least a tiny bit each day!

IRL this week
My family was sick.  I stayed mostly healthy, knock wood.  We had our first progress report, so all of a sudden my students were all super industrious.  I treated myself to a new pair of pants and a shirt.  I tried an almond milk latte and decided I didn't like it.  My daughter made dinner Thursday night all by herself while I sat on the couch with a book.  I learned about Google Lit, which is a process of tracking the geography of a book on Google Earth, and I'm super excited to be putting together a lesson plan using it when we start reading Refugee next week.   One of my best friends just moved home to northern California this summer after missing being near her family for a decade, and now she's staying with relatives in Sacramento, hoping the house they JUST BOUGHT doesn't burn down and waiting to see when the school she JUST GOT HIRED AT will re-open.  I find it tempting to hold Trump responsible for this.

Your turn!
So as I've mentioned, Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon is coming up next weekend.  Yay!  This will be my fourth or fifth time participating.  I really love it, and look forward to the semiannual event.  This is the week to be settling on a reading pile, and as always, I have enough books I currently actively want to read to last me until 2020.  This is where you come in.

I've divided my possible to-reads into a few groups.  YOU choose your favorite from each group.  I read it.  Sound like a plan?

Without further ado:


The first time I took this picture, I had two books in there that are due today.  Whoops!  Guess I'll be reading those in another era.

I just really like blue covers.  Also, my son spray painted his scooter gold.

I know I'm going to need some of these to keep me going when I get exhausted.  These are all books from my classroom library that I've never read, but would like to be able to recommend to students with more knowledge.  

These have all been in my possession and on my to-read list for far too long.  They look long, but I suspect they won't be particularly challenging reads, so still good for this event.

But don't they look cute in that tree?  And let's not talk about the fact that the last time I did a "make me read it" thing, one of those books was chosen for me to read.  I will do better this time, I swear!

These are the ones that I have to give back already.  I just find myself mildly hilarious for posing my books on the random crap on my porch, like my kid's second hand skateboard.  I'm such an Instagrammer.  #Not.

Okay, are you ready?  Here's the voting form!  I'll keep it up all week and post results on Friday, so I can have my stack ready to go at 5:00 Saturday morning.


  1. I hope your family feels better soon. I’m also participating in Dewey’s. I’m just going to let a random number generator pick my books for me, but your way sounds like more fun.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  2. I'd planned to read Cybils next weekend, but (please forgive the all caps but this is truly momentous) I'VE READ AND EVALUATED ALL EIGHTY. I think I'll start reading some of my Prep-for-Italy books.

    I love your Make Me Read It poll. I was happy to see Firegirl on your potential list. I remember that book from an old Texas Bluebonnet list, pre-Wonder, and it was amazing. Or at least I remember it as being amazing.

    I must take a look at your Long Books list. Please don't wait so long to post on Sunday. It's my favorite day to visit blogs.

  3. Sorry to hear about your family being sick. I hope you stay well. I am also really sorry to hear about your friend's situation. Those fires are all so scary. I feel so bad for the people affected and displaced by them.
    I think it is fun to combine Sunday posts with other things. I love polls, so of course, I was happy to pick a few for you. I hope you enjoy the winners. God luck on the read-a-thon.

  4. My votes are in. Hard push for Lady Jane, I thought it was hilarious. Sorry to hear your family was sick, but way to avoid the family plague.

  5. Well happy to see you Wendy. I voted for you, and thanks for playing nice. Hehe. I hope you all feel better soon. Sounds like you have a lot going on.

  6. Aw, I am sorry about your family being sick. And very sorry about your friend, too. I mean, I blame Trump for turning the world into an actual garbage fire, so please, feel free. Plus, sometimes blaming someone is just plain cathartic. I hope everything will be okay for her. I voted, too! I definitely think My Lady Jane looks good! And I have heard good things about Scrappy Little Nobody! hope you enjoy whichever books win :D

  7. Ooh voting is always fun. But nice to see you back even without voting. :) I hope all goes well for your friend, both house and school wise. Scary what's going on with those fires.

    I thought about the Night Vale book. I listened to a few of the podcasts, and I like strange and eerie, but it's kinda TOO out there? I don't know, hard to say since I only listened a few.

    Good luck with Dewey's!!

  8. I haven't read any of the books on the poll so I cannot vote any. I hope you'll enjoy whatever book you decide to read at the end though. Have a wonderful week. 😁❤️

  9. I can't wait to see which books make the cut! I plan on participating at least part of the time on Saturday (other plans tend to get in the way of a full 24 hours). I'll keep an eye out for your progress!

  10. Voted! Also I actually really like your pictures with your random children's things. I definitely follow that Instagram account haha!


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