“When it rains, it pours” is quite the perfect idiom for me this past week. Not only am I in the vortex of the moving process, I started an ESL endorsement. I forgot how hectic going to school can be all the while holding down a job. I’m no stranger to adding as much on my plate as possible because fifteen years ago I was working full-time as a teacher, going to school for a Masters and also planning a wedding. This time I am working part-time, going to school, raising children AND moving. Oh and have a blog I’d like to keep up to date. So here I am. The posts might be shorter the next month or so, but I’ll still check in.
This past week I’ve been reading debut In the Country by Mia Alvar and loving it! It’s a collection of nine stories and Alvar, “vividly gives voice to the women and men of the Filipino diaspora. Here are exiles, emigrants, and wanderers uprooting their families from the Philippines to begin new lives in the Middle East, the United States, and elsewhere—and, sometimes, turning back again.” It couldn’t be the more perfect companion read to my first week in an ESL program. I look forward to sharing this collection later this week.
Oh and my book group at the library LOVED The Martian. LOVED! So of course I played the devil’s advocate and boy did they come back at me with rebuttals to all of my thoughts. I must say that that discussion was a real insight to why book groups and opinions matter. Their love of the book did make me take pause as to why I only “liked” it but again the differing opinions were fun to explore and we all left eager to meet again.
It’s Monday, what are you reading this week?
(And if you didn’t already know…Sheila our host from Book Journey is back and I’m thrilled!)