Today is another snow day and another opportunity for me to revive this here blog. For those who may not know, I’m an English teacher. Unfortunately that fact does not lead to my being a perfect writer (see this blog for proof) or to my constantly having my nose in a book. In the past two years, I have challenged myself to read more and more, and the website/app GoodReads has been a fun way for me to keep up with that goal. Last year I read about 35 books and rated them on my account, and this year I set a goal to read at least 40. Two months have passed, and I’ve read (or listened to) 8 books - woo hoo!
- “A Separate Peace” by John Knowles - A classic where you actually don’t even like the main character… a favorite of high school classes (shout out to my students!) and an even more interesting story to read as an adult than as a teen. Give it a quick re-read if you didn’t love it in high school!
- “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling - Speaking of re-reading classics from my youth… I am reading the Harry Potter series and watching the corresponding movie after each book. I think I will have to come back to this topic later and process my experience of reading the series as an adult after reading them through the formative years from age 12 to 19.
- “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” by J.K. Rowling - Okay one comment on the HP series… my love for the later, longer books blinded me to how great the early books are! I LOVED reading book two which for some reason I had never thought of as a favorite.
- “Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace” by Anne Lamott - Anne Lamott is an amazing woman. This book was not my favorite, but there are just so many good, thought-provoking sections throughout her work. I highly recommend her book “Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers.”
- “Yes Please” by Amy Poehler - I love this woman. This book was a great one to listen to (on my beloved overdrive account) because Amy herself read it. With the end of Parks and Rec recently, this book was a perfect way to get a little extra Amy Poehler in my life before I said goodbye to Leslie Knope. #voteknope
- “Noggin” by John Corey Whaley - Yes. Noggin. I have been wanting to read this book since it came out. My book club (more on them later I’m sure - they rock!) was not 100% on board because the premise is a boy whose head was frozen for five years when his body died of cancer. When the head is transplanted onto a healthy body, Travis wakes up and has to start again as a 16-year-old whose loved ones have aged 5 years. I LOVED this book and can’t wait to talk about it with my book club gals soon. I even got a shout-out from the author on twitter! ‘Sup, John Corey Whaley?
- “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” by J.K. Rowling - The series keeps getting better. Novel three is my current favorite; I love the marauders and their map.
- “Countdown” by Deborah Wiles - This is a book I had stalled in a while ago, and I’m so glad I picked it back up (and listened to some chapters on overdrive). The main character is a junior high gal with her own problems living through the Cuban Missile Crisis while her dad works at an Air Force base near Washington, D.C. The author incorporates real images, articles, mini-history lessons, ads, and propaganda examples throughout her novel, and I really loved the combination of history and fiction told through a feisty little narrator.
I’m in the middle of a few more books right now, and I’ll keep you posted on my 2015 reads as I cross them off my list!