Sorry about that. I truly meant to post on the first day of the new year – 3 days ago. I had no shortage of ideas, just a shortage of time. So…here we are. A new year. Lots of new books ahead.
I read a lot during the holidays. As much as I love reading books with my classes, it was nice to read whatever captured my interest. I read four books…
Saint Louis Armstrong Beach by Brenda Woods (a young adult book about a boy and his best friend, a stray dog named Shadow, living in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. The coolest part of reading this book is that I actually read it in New Orleans. I don’t usually go to such extremes to get into the setting of a book, but it was great!)
The Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes (this year’s Booker Prize winner – a compelling and intense examination of aging and all of the questions and doubts that go along with it. I’m still thinking about it and am tempted to go back to page one and read it again.)
The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie by Wendy McClure (a must read for fans of the Little House books. Part memoir, part analysis of American girlhood and part attempt to understand our tendency to romanticize the past. After reading this, I’ve added the entire Little House series to my 2012 reading list – it’s been too long, and McClure gave me so much to think about.)
Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin (I loved this book about a young boy’s devotion to Stalin and Communism – until his life begins to unravel – this one will be on the middle school’s summer reading list.)
I was just getting on a roll when I heard the school bell ringing from a few miles away. Luckily, my husband gave me two books of essays for Christmas which are perfect for the evenings when the school work is done before bedtime!