Saturday, December 14, 2019

Sunday Post #43/Sunday Salon #17

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

What I Read
Well, THAT'S weird. I haven't finished any books this week. No wait, I did finish reading Nightjohn to one class. I fell in love with that as a read-aloud during my first year of teaching, 1998-99, and I don't pull it out often anymore, but I knew it would fit in the three week space between Thanksgiving and winter break. We jumped right into the sequel. I think one aspect I've always loved about this book is that it speaks to the power of literacy. Plus, the toes-getting-chopped-off scene is always riveting to middle school audiences.

What I'm Reading/What's Next
I continue to read Tight, The Other Boy, Orbiting Jupiter, Zebra Forest, and Ruby on the Outside to my other classes. I'm enjoying all of them, but I think Zebra Forest and Orbiting Jupiter are the ones that the classes are most enthused about. I got all choked up reading the scene where Joseph finally tells Jack's family his life story, even though this is probably the 20th time I've read it. Sheesh.

 I also think The Other Boy is the first overtly LGBQTIA+ novel I've read aloud to a class--I've read several picture books, but not novels--and it's a little nerve wracking. Some kids keep expressing surprise and confusion, but honestly, this is such a great example of how literature builds empathy. Shane is a character in a book, so they can express their thoughts about him and ask questions about him being transgender in a pretty safe and non-hurtful way, and since it's written in Shane's voice, they're really starting to understand what it feels like to be him.

I also started listening to Nyxia on audiobook. It's a Project Lit book, and I'm trying to read all of those. It sounded super boring to me though, and the cover is not attractive at all, so I thought I'd ease myself into it with audio. The narrator is great, and while it's not my favorite flavor of sci fi, I'm sticking with it.

Three Things

  1. The Winemaker and I went out for dinner and saw Knives Out tonight. I loved it, and he liked it. We used the movie tickets I won in a White Elephant exchange last week and the gift card he got me last Christmas for dinner.
  2. Last week was one of those weeks where on Monday I thought it was Thursday, and the rest of the week I thought it was Friday, and when my second class came in every day, I thought it was almost lunch, which actually happens after my fourth period. We are also having a severe sub shortage, so I covered for art one day and for Spanish one day during my prep period, which probably didn't make the week feel any shorter.
  3. I'm trying to plan a crafting party after school next week, and even if nobody comes I'll have fun. I made some prototypes one night last week:

One more week until winter break! We still don't have a tree! We texted the kid while we were out to ask what she thought about not getting one this year, and her response was "I'd cry." So I guess we're getting one next weekend. 


  1. Orbiting Jupiter is one I always pause on, when I see it on the eLibrary, but I have to be in the right mental state for super emotional books, otherwise, I have the tendency to spiral. It sounds rather lovely, though. I didn't put up a tree, when my daughter was younger. We always celebrated at my parents' house, so we just enjoyed their tree. Good luck with your crafting party!

  2. Okay, first, you gotta get a tree. It's crazy and stressful and people are walking around ridiculously frayed, but you gotta get a tree.

    I'm glad you got a chance to go enjoy a movie. I think mi esposo would love the Knives movie. I dragged him to our town's movie theater this week to see the Mister Rogers movie, and my spirits soared. I may go see it again.

    We were desperately short on subs around Christmas time, and one year I did something I never do and I saw whole grade levels in the library at one time and we watched the Grinch (original cartoon).

    I've never read Nightjohn (in fact, I don't think I've read any of the books you are reading to your classes). You are doing so much for the world of literacy. It makes me happy to think of you out there, almost like a soldier in a war.

  3. I didn’t finish any books last week either. I’ve been so busy that I can’t sit down and concentrate on reading. I’d probably cry if I didn’t have a Christmas tree. I love my decorations.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  4. I love that you are sharing a book like The Other Boy with your class, empathy is a vital lesson for children to learn.

    Wishing you a great reading week

  5. I haven't heard of The Other Boy, but I just added it to my Goodreads list!

  6. Good luck with the tree. :) There are definitely some years I feel like skipping all that hullabaloo, lol, but it's not the same without one. Well maybe haha. Seriosuly though- I only finished one book this week, and I barely made it through that. My reading has been sooo down sheesh.

  7. I have the tree inside now (we use a living one) but it's not decorated yet. My weekly update

  8. I love that you're helping your students learn empathy through reading---I agree that it's one of the best ways!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  9. I think we're seeing Knives Out this weekend.

    I put up a tree for the first time in a few decades. Man are they expensive now!!

    Karen @ For What It's worth


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