Sunday, September 8, 2019

Sunday Post #39/Sunday Salon Post #13

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
School started back up this week--Monday was a holiday, of course, Tuesday was a final day to get ready, and Wednesday through Friday we had students. Wednesday I was so tired that when I got home, I turned off the car and fell asleep in the driveway for five minutes, before waking up long enough to go inside and take a two hour nap. IN OTHER WORDS, I didn't read much this week.

But with the final book in the Three Dark Crowns series hitting shelves this week, I started a re-read, and Saturday I made my way through the first book. It is SO GOOD. I realized it's the third time I read it, which is highly unusual--Megan Whalen Turner is the other author whose series I re-read each time a new book comes out, and I'd consider doing it for Leigh Bardugo, Laini Taylor, and Victoria Schwab too. Basically I will re-read fantasy novels that are both well written enough to bear up under re-reading and complex enough to require it for best enjoyment of future books.

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1) Five ​Dark Fates (Three Dark Crowns, #4)

What I'm Reading/What's Next
Foolishly, I only brought home the first book from my classroom library for the weekend, even though I already have bought the final book. And I couldn't find an ebook on my preferred sites (the library and Scribd), so I tried to split the difference by reading recaps and Nicole's spoiler filled discussions on Feed Your Fiction Addiction. I started Five Dark Fates, and it's great, but I decided to stop after a few chapters and wait the 36 hours until I'll be able to get the rest of the books from my classroom. LIFE IS HARD.  But at least it's not "kill your sisters or be killed by them" hard.

In the meantime, I'm reading book two in The Naturals series, Killer Instinct.  More love triangle angst, more serial killer creepiness--I kind of hate that I kind of love it.

Killer Instinct (The Naturals, #2)

Three Things

  • My daughter has signed up for a Synchro Skating team. Parents are required to volunteer, My husband and I had a great time laughing about how terrible either one of us would be at Hair & Makeup or Social Coordinator.  We're on fundraising instead, which is only slightly less insane. Wish us luck.
  • We are expected to wear college shirts on Fridays this year. I went to an obscure college in Vermont, and shirts have to be ordered through the bookstore or the little sporting goods shop in that town, so let's just say they ain't cheap. I splurged on a sweatshirt, but picked up a cheap Hogwarts t-shirt to wear in warmer weather. I don't know if anyone else thinks I'm as funny as I think I am, but I did have a student run up to me and ask which house I am.
  •  I'm looking forward to having longer class periods with my new students this week--the first week we have advisory (homeroom) all morning and just run 10-14 minutes class periods in the afternoon.I'm now working with my niece-in-law's cousin, or as I prefer to say, my sister's son's wife's dad's sister's daughter, OR the first cousin once removed of my great niece and nephew. 

Have a week, folks. A good one, if possible. 


  1. I am excited about FDF. The ending of the last book left a lot of people in peril, and I cannot wait to see how Blake ends it all. I have been wanting to start The Naturals for a long time. They have all the books at my library. I need to make that happen. Good luck with the skating fundraising. I don't miss those days.

  2. I'm pretty excited for Five Dark Fates, and a little bummed that the series will be over. I've been having fun with it.

    That's funny about the Hogwarts shirt and the student. :)

  3. Gah Five Dark Fates! Mine shipped from the UK last week, but I am hoping it doesn't take *too* long to get here- I don't need spoilers, ack! I am glad you're enjoying the re-read, I may have to hit you up for a quick summary, as I definitely won't have the time to do so! Oy, I am really dreading the years where I have to do sports-related stuff that will be scary. I mean, who am I going to ask to buy crap? My mom? I find your Hogwarts shirt VERY amusing!

  4. Sounds like you had a busy week with the start of school. I wish school here started after Labor Day. I don't know if I'll ever get used to these mid-August start dates. Blake's series might be quite something. I hope the final book is as good as the rest. It sounds like it will be!

    I hope your daughter has fun on the Syncho Skating team. Parents are required to volunteer for my daughter's dance shows and neither of us is a hair and make up person either. I don't do well with fundraising either--although we all are required to do that to some extent. I wish you luck. I'm sure you'll be fine though. :-) I hope you have a great week.

  5. You are loving this series, I see. Wow. Reading a book for the third time. Must be excellent. Might need to check it out.

    I remember well those first weeks of a new year. The children at my school were so young---4, 5, 6, 7, and 8---that it was wild at the beginning of the year---so many crying kids, so many confused kids. I don't miss that.

    Both my sons played basketball and I knew nothing about sports (still don't). I attended all their games and tried desperately to make intelligent conversation with the other parents. I suspect the coaches saw through me.

    So funny about the shirt.

    Have a great week!

  6. I love the idea of you wearing a Hogwarts T-shirt. I’m sure your students appreciated your sense of humour!

    Have a great reading week, and good luck with the fundraising!


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