Sunday, April 14, 2019

Sunday Post #28/Sunday Salon #1

Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly Sunday Post link-up, and Deb at ReaderBuzz is expanding Sunday Salon from a FB group to a link-up as well.

What I Read
I finally went back and read the middle sections of Ghost Boys. I'd been reading aloud in five classes, then when I got so sick last month subs ended up reading chunks of the books. Ghost Boys is the only one I'd never read before, so I wanted to fill in the missing parts. It's a little bit of an Issues Book, but it was still really well done, and dug into unconscious bias in a really accessible way. (My students, both white and Latinx, are all convinced that Officer Moore should have been tried for murder, but when asked if something like that could happen in our town, guess which population said yes and which said no?)

Ghost Boys

I also read Tess of the Road. I LOVE IT. That is all. I'm working on a review, which is something I only do when I book really gets me fired up. 

Tess of the Road (Tess of the Road, #1)

What I'm Reading/What's Next
I started Seraphina, which Tess was a companion novel to. I'm reading out of order, but I think it will be fine. The reveal I already know from Tess is on the book jacket of Seraphina too. I also started Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith/J. K. Rowling. I adored Cuckoo's Calling, and when I was grabbing library books found this one but not the second. I was hoping that it would be the kind of mystery series you could skip around in a little bit, and I definitely am not feeling like I've missed anything key. My daughter and I listened to 7/8 of Two Can Keep a Secret during spring break and haven't been able to listen to the last CD because the only CD player we own is in the car, and I usually drive the truck, or her dad takes her places, and it just hasn't happened. I really just want to sit in a bookstore and read the last few chapters, but I also want us to finish it together.

Three Things

  1. I am teaching an introduction to Bullet Journaling for imperfectionists class this week. I'm super excited about it. I'm also excited that I just coined the word "imperfectionists." Our motto: Half Assed is Better Than No Ass At All.
  2. My daughter turns 13 this week. Pray for me. We can butt heads about anything these days, but I still absolutely adore her, which is confusing enough for me--I can only imagine what she makes of it. 
  3. We dropped her and a buddy off at the skating rink Friday night then went out for cards and coffee. It was lovely. 


  1. My story from teen years: My older son was argumentative and difficult the day he turned thirteen. His brother was younger and still sweet. Then he became a teen, we had a big blowout argument, and he stomped off to his room. I followed him. He was crying and he turned to me and sobbed, "I never wanted to be like Jonathan." My conclusion: the poor things can't help themselves.

    You need to share your bullet journaling teaching with us here. It looks fun.

    I need to look for Tess of the Road. Nothing makes me want to read a book more than a recommendation from a reader I respect.

  2. "Half assed is better than no ass at all" <-- you need to put that on a t-shirt and take a class picture of that. I hope it's lots of fun, and I love the idea, because I have seen people's bullet journals, and wow! I could never do that.

  3. Ha! Gotta love your class motto! That would be the only way I could bullet journal. :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  4. I loved Tess of the Road, but have yet to read Seraphina yet. I definitely want to get to it this year since I loved Tess so much!

  5. Happy birthday to your daughter.

  6. I haven't heard of Ghost Boys, but I'll have to look for it now...Praying for you with your daughter. May God help you in this troubling time. ;)

  7. Praying for you. Such a fun age (haha). :)

    I really liked Two Can Keep A Secret.

  8. I am hoping to start one of Galbraith/JK Rawling's mysteries this week or next. I am in the midst of a young adult series by SD Smith for a book discussion in May so I might finish that first. My husband loves the Galbraith books so I'll have to give them a try, I guess. Or he might keep suggesting and suggesting. I have a 12 year old who seems like a teenager already some days. He will be 13 in November so I have a little more time before the teens. I hope I make it that far without popping him in the head (lightly, with a pillow..honest..I'm not a fan of child abuse at all!)

  9. My youngest just turned 13, but having been through it with his older siblings I’m prepared (I hope!) I haven’t read the Strike books, but I have watched the TV adaption which I enjoyed.

    Have a great reading week:)

  10. Happy birthday to your daughter. Good luck with the bullet journaling class. I still have never tried that. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  11. I love your class motto!
    Happy Birthday to your daughter.

  12. Have a great week with some excellent reads!

    Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   


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