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Miscellaneous Monday

Yikes! Has it really been a month since I’ve posted something? Looks like it. I’m doing all the reading and life stuff but haven’t had the pull to sit down and write much. So…..

ReadingThe House at the Edge of Night (audio) by Catherine Banner. It’s sweeping me off my feet and whisking me away to Italy, which is what I desperately need right now. I’m also reading my first nonfiction book of the year titled The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel. I’m just at the beginning but it’s about a man who left society and lived in the woods for just under 30 years. 

In January and February, I read a total of nine books, so four books a month might be my pace at this point. I read mostly backlist and will write some very mini reviews soon.

Shelter – Jung Yun                                     Upstream:Selected Essays – Mary Oliver

Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi (fave of Jan)   Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence

The Mothers – Brit Bennett                    Difficult Women: Stories – Roxane Gay

Calm – Michael Acton Smith                  Fish in a Tree – Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Lincoln in the Bardo (audio) – George Saunders (fave of Feb)

Watchingnot much except for Homeland. I’ve invested the time since day one and I’m really only interested in what happens to Quinn. On Netflix I watched 13th and it schooled me in the best possible way.

Thinking…I may never stop taking classes in education. In Illinois, teaching credentials are always changing and I have to take two more before 2018 to avoid additional tests. Today I started a class in Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction for Middle School. Oy! And maybe, yay?

Feeling…anxious. I don’t like to talk much about personal stuff here but I’ve been struggling with some health issues for almost a year. I finally found a doctor who gave me solid answers and have to undergo surgery next week. I’ll be taking a medical leave from work for 4-6 weeks. It’s nothing horrendous but surgery nonetheless. The body is a curious thing. I’m just ready to get on with the road to recovery, read stacks of books and binge watch TV.

Thankful…for friends. Old friends, new friends, friends from afar and friends I’ve met through this community. I met up with some wonderful ladies over the weekend who I finally met in person at BEA in 2016. We had such a lovely time catching up, laughing and of course talking about books. We all have different reading interests and it made the convo all the more interesting. Here we are (Katie, Julie and Stacey):

      

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5 thoughts on “Miscellaneous Monday

  1. Waah…I want to be one of the BEA 2016 women that you get to see again!

    Don’t like to hear you’re having health issues, but won’t pester you except to say: TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. And, as a former librarian, I highly recommend Dead Letters for feel-better-binge-reading. I promise, you’ll love it.

  2. You can pester me anytime! I wish we were closer too. Can you imagine all the trouble we’d get into?! 😉
    Oh- and I put Dead Letters on hold at the library right after your review. Unfortunately I’m #7 on the holds list.

  3. Marisa — So glad we could all get together! If you read your way through your book stack during your recovery time, my book delivery offer stands — you know where to reach me. All will be well, my friend.

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