Wednesday, May 14, 2014

What I'm reading...the number might amaze you.

How many books do you read at one time?  Usually I prefer just one but often I have more than one going at a time depending on circumstances.  For most of the year I've been able to balance my student book club books with a few that I've already read so I can discuss without the need to read.

I did have to read most of the Gregor series with my boy's group and I've read most of Christopher Paul Curtis with another group and we are reading The Mighty Miss Malone right now.  It is an amazing and intellectually stimulating book for all of us.  I'm so happy Curtis turned to writing as he is a talented story teller.   If you haven't read his new historical fiction about The Great Depression you should.   Next up for this group is Shannon Hale's The Princess Academy, one of my favorite girl power books.  Luckily I've already read it 3X's so I can just re-skim and ask good questions.  I blogged about my boy's group in my weekend cooking post  and I did make the cranberry oatmeal cookies, they were tasty but flat.  Sadly two of the boys were missing from our meeting today.  Suspended over a fight they had with EACH OTHER.  This is the horrible hard part of where I teach. I think I reach them and then things like this pop up.  My soul cries almost every day for the kids I work with at school.


Monthly I have my own adult book club to keep up with and we are reading Anthony Mara's lengthy novel A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.  I downloaded this to my Kindle as the price was right and I am interested but it is not a quick read.  I have to kick it up a notch though as we meet next week.  Maybe I should look for the Cliff Notes on this one.

I also started something easy the other night as my Kindle needed a charge. The Lying Game by Sara Shepard has been on my to-read pile for awhile and I picked it up and read three pages.  I will finish but those 3 pages were all I needed to fall asleep.  No reflection on the rest of the book I hope.

I also started The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin about a week ago to help me get in the mood for Spring cleaning and reorganizing my house and my thoughts. I am anxious to get back to it but it will have to wait until the book club book is done.

While I was upstairs reading (Daughter of Winter by Pat Lowry Collins)  to Groovy Girl I realized I am "reading" another book on my phone through Audible as I drive back and forth to work;  Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss. It has me so hooked that I listen to it as I make dinner.  I'm only on the fourth chapter and yet still quite disgusted how the food industry works.  I am someone who cooks almost all meals from scratch and still I shake my head at the mystery of it.  How can people go to work every day to purposely make people sick.  Why worry about real drugs when they are giving them to our children daily in pre-packaged form.  Yuck.

Seven books. Can you beat me?  Let me know your total.

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