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Monthly Wrap-Up: March 2017


March was a very productive month. Being off for three weeks definitely helped me find time to read/listen to/watch wonderful stories galore!


The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel

You’re Saying It Wrong: A Pronunciation Guide to the 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words and Their Tangled Histories of Misuse by Ross Petras and Kathryn Petras

Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach

*The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Review to come, if I can find the words)

More chapters in What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know by Dave F. Brown and Trudy Knowles. Yep, I’m back in post-grad classes again getting my Middle School endorsement.

*The Stranger appealed to my inner recluse/hermit, but The Hate U Give is a MUST READ for everyone!

Listened to…

The House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner (audiobook)

Hamilton Soundtrack (Yes, you were all right!)

*S-Town Podcast

*S-Town was binge-worthy. I stayed up late to listen and woke up early to finish. And then I listened to chapters again after it was over. It’s heartbreaking and eye-opening. Parts are controversial and unsettling. But it taught me so much about people and a part of the world I know nothing about. Dare I say, it’s my favorite of all Serial/This American Life productions. Just be careful of some of the reviews out there. Unfortunately people are spoiling it.


13th –  Schooled me in the best possible way.

Casablanca – How have I never seen it all the way through? Loved it!

Under the Tuscan Sun – Enjoyed it immensely.

Parks & Recreation – Finished it finally, sigh. Some of the best cast of characters out there.

Beauty & the Beast – It was lovely.

I made a donation to PBS in support of public broadcasting and all the amazing programs they offer. I grew up with PBS and don’t want it to disappear. With a donation is access to something called PBS Passport, where there are many movies, series and documentaries to enjoy.

*To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters (public viewing expires April 9th. Hurry!!)

Hamilton’s America – I learned about History and the making of Hamilton.

Victoria – Binge-worthy and fascinating.

*ALL three PBS above were amazing! I can’t pick a favorite but if I had to, check out To Walk Invisible. It’s still available for a week and I love learning about literary women.

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March was a monthly of education and schooling for me, I feel. While I was trying to find stories to sweep me away during my recovery, I found that stories which taught me about people really captured my attention. Here is the perfect quote I found on Instagram that sums up my month and why stories and reading are sooo important.

How was your month?





2 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: March 2017

  1. I loved Stranger in the Woods and Dead Letters! And am also loving S-Town. Have 2 episodes to go…and think it’s putting me in a reading slump. It’s been much more engrossing than the books.

  2. I watched 13th a few months ago and it was amazing and horrible. I think it communicated the problems with the criminal justice system in such a concise, accessible way.

    It’s been AGES since I watched Under the Tuscan Sun. I need to again sometime soon. Such a great film.

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