Sunday, June 16, 2019

Sunday Post #34/Sunday Salon #7

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: 9 books
It was a week (plus) of wrapping up books and reading books for challenges I've set myself. I'm going back a week and a day, because I haven't covered last weekend in any other format. 

I finished two collections: Unbroken: Thirteen Stories Starring Disabled Teens and Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America. Both were solid, with a few standouts and a few let-downs, as is true of nearly every themed collection. I'm thinking of pulling some stories from them for my class next year. I wish I were one of those cool people who provide a rating and review for each story, but as much as I love reading those, I'm too lazy to do it myself. These are also the two best covers of the week!

I had An Ember in the Ashes on my summer bingo card, so I finally read it. Loved it, got the next book and kept on going. Today I hope to pick up the third book, even though the whole will they/won't they aspect of book 2 was less compelling to me than the actual plot. 

I read the graphic novel modern adaptation of Little Women: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. It was cute, but I'm not sure I'd be into it if I didn't have such nostalgia for the original.

For a summer PD group I'm in I read The Red Pencil, which was good but not for me, and Reading with Patrick, which I'm partially responsible for generating discussion questions for. It was a hard read, but really good.

Finally, as part of my ongoing attempt to read all the Printz winners and honor books, I read Ghosts of Heaven and Where Things Come Back. I really enjoyed both, but both authors have other books I like better. (To be fair, my favorite Sedgewick ALSO won a Printz.) 

What I'm Reading/What's Next
I'm reading Juliet Takes a Breath (from my bingo card!) and I'm excited to get to Shout, which a student finally brought back the last week of school. I also want to get to my first official Classics Club read, which will either be Bell Jar, A Movable Feast, or a Le Guin collection. 

Three Things
  • I'm writing this at a different library branch than usual, and there seem to be more...characters here. I was distracted earlier by a mother-(adult) son conversation in which he learned that his ex has a new boyfriend, and now there is somebody who keeps saying, "Office?" loudly every few seconds. 
  • The Winemaker and I have been happily watching Imposters on Netflix. It's nothing ground-breaking, but it's good fun.
  • I was on jury duty four days last week. It's the fifth time I've been summoned and the fourth time I ended up on a jury. This time it was a civil case in federal court, so I got to take the light rail downtown each day instead of going in to work for the last crazy days of the year. As a result, I'm still getting my classroom cleaned out and packed up, but for all intents and purposes, I'M ON VACATION. Or unpaid involuntary leave, depending on how you look at it. But honestly, as much as I love my job, I really do like vacation best. And when that one sister-in-law grumps, "Must be nice..." and I think about all the things her family can afford that mine can't--I still have to admit I prefer my choice, so I just smile serenely and say, "Yes, it sure is."


  1. Black Enough is a fantastic book. I read it earlier this year. My weekly updates

  2. Happy vacation!
    I got called up for jury duty twice, but both times my children were very young so I was excused. I’ve added Reading with Patrick to my wishlist, thanks for sharing it.

    Have a great reading week

  3. My husband worked for our town and I worked as a teacher and a librarian. It was always hard to live on the money we made, especially when our children were at home. Yet neither of us ever found work that was so fulfilling.

    I got called for jury duty last year and I got called again this year. I called about it, and I was told you can't be called two years in a row, and it was dismissed.

    Reading with Patrick was a difficult read. It should make for a good discussion book.

  4. Wow, you read a lot in a week. I’ve read almost all of the Printz winners. Where Things Come Back is one of my least favorites. Enjoy your vacation!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  5. Wow, I get rejected every dang time I get called for jury duty...I wouldn't mind doing it Ya know I don't think I have listened to the final Embers book..I need to look. You had an awesome week with 9 books..go you!

  6. I was a little bummed that they didn't need me for jury duty earlier this month. I've never done it!

  7. I remember the shocked looks on peoples' faces, when I told them, that teachers didn't get paid over the summer. Almost all the teachers I worked with would take summer jobs or pension loans to get through the summer. It kind of sucked, because I had all this time to do stuff, but no money to pay for it.


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