I have had a fantastically wonderful bookish week! The trip to Branson was exactly what was needed to rejuvenate me enough to finish out the school year. I managed to read 1 book for my teaching classes (Life of Pi) - one book for my summer classes (The Road) - and my first "author sent for review" book (The Love We Share Without Knowing). I am more than half way through my 1 book for pure fun - The Help - and hope to read lots more today (I am thoroughly enjoying this one!!)
I also signed up for the Spring Reading Challenge 2009 and am very much looking forward to participating. I posted an initial group of books for the challenge, but that was before I decided to also participate in the 24 hour read-a-thon. I shared some of my fears about signing up for this sporting event (I have never been the athletic type), but the more I think about it, the more I know that I want to be a part. While this is not a set category - I think I will shoot for a half-marathon this go around: 12 hours of reading in a 24 hour period. This is a manageable goal for me --- I know I will accomplish a lot of reading - I know I will not have to forgo my beauty sleep - and I know I will not be totally ignoring the family. It will work for me, and I hope the organizers of this event do not mind my slight tweaking of the rules. I have also decided that this event will allow me to totally ignore all the books that I have to read -- and rill allow me to read some of the less-challenging books that I want to read. The theme for my half-marathon will be YA literature and I am hoping that several of them will be available from the local library at that time (I put a hold on some of them over a month ago).
This week I should finish my book for Nymeth's "Try Something New" mini challenge: Manga Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Now the challenge was to try to read a genre outside my comfort zone and this most definitely is NOT my typical book. I was truly blessed to be paired with Susan of You Can Never Have Too Many Books and while we both wanted to read something in the graphic novel category, we did not end up selecting the same book: she chose the Watchmen. I tried - I really tried to get into that book, but simply could not. Susan, on the other, was hooked from the first page. We both plan to finish our reads this week -- interview one another - and then post our reviews within the next week or so. In the meantime, I plan to share some of the Manga Shakespeare with my 8th graders this week as we embark on our own Bard adventure. I am hopeful that seeing this work in a 21st Century format will help the students to realize the Shakespeare is just as relevant today as he was 400 years ago.
Well, that has been my reading week. While I will do some reading this upcoming week, I know that I will also be back in the swing of grading papers and writing lesson plans. Only 7 more weeks of school (plus finals) and then the mecca for teachers will be here: Summer!!!