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 ****
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.
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:
GROUP ONE: LIBRARY BOOKS
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.
GROUP THREE: SLIM VOLUMES
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.
GROUP FOUR: BIG BUT FUN
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.
GROUP FIVE: MISCELLANEOUS
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.