Oh my - is it Sunday again?! On the one hand I am very grateful that this horrible week has ended; on the other hand I simply cannot believe that we are in the middle of January already. Does life ever slow down?
Anyway.....it is a good thing that last weekend was the Bloggiesta and I was able to catch up on book reviews, otherwise I would have had no posts this week. School started again - and unresolved issues from last semester continued, while new ones were added. It truly made me question my "calling" as a teacher. But "time heals all wounds" as they say, and I have calmed down just a bit. Not a lot of reading happened however, as I was too upset to do much of anything.
All that changed on Thursday, however, when I went to the library and just happened to see The Swan Thieves on the "recently acquired" shelf. I did not hesitate as I grabbed the book, added it to my stack of holds that were on reserve, and brought it home. I started reading it Thursday night, read more on Friday night, and spent a good part of yesterday absorbed in the story. I have read approximately 400 pages of the 600 page story, and I hope to finish it today. It is truly a great story that is so very well written; it makes me want to finally pick up The Historian that has been sitting on my shelf for months and delve into Kostova's debut novel. Hmmm....this book technically counts as a chunkster; the Historian would count as a chunkster....should I dare enter that challenge?!
I have tried to write the review for A Moveable Feast, which I finished last weekend, but it is proving to be difficult. I hope to have that completed today.
I am about three-quarters done with Anne Fadiman's Ex Libris and I have enjoyed reading this little bits at a time. Some of the essays I find myself laughing out loud; others I find myself nodding in agreement; and there are a few that I scratch my head and discover that I am not nearly the bibliophile as she. All in all I think this is a book that I will eventually add to my personal collection so that I can partake of an essay at a time, in a leisurely fashion.
Academic reading will be in full-force this week. We are reading Pride and Prejudice (I enjoy the annotated version) in British Literature (the girls are loving it - the boys are complaining); Fahrenheit 451 in 9th grade (I absolutely LOVE this book and plan to have the students select a book that they feel is worthy of memorization); and the 7th graders will begin reading Bilbo's quest in The Hobbit. I love all three of the books - and yet I always feel that I must refresh my memory of them before I teach the lesson. Unfortunately, this will cut into my personal reading time.
I am not quite sure what I will read after I finish The Swan Thieves. I plan to reserve a portion of today to skim through my newly acquired library books and decide which ones to read now, and which ones to postpone to a later time.
We have a day off tomorrow to remember Martin Luther King, Jr. I think I will do some online research and find a few of his memorable speeches to re-read. I will also use this "free" day to finally clean the house after the holidays --- ugh!
I hope this offers a great literary week for all of you!