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Today was Inly’s annual Drop Everything and Read event – a whole hour of quiet in a school is a rare and beautiful thing!  I have to admit that rather than dropping anything, I picked up my camera (phone) and took a walk around to see what the kids are reading. Unfortunately, today was a grey and rainy day so they read in their classrooms instead of going outside with blankets.

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Remember I said that it was a grey and dreary day. Well, check out what that did to one reader: You can’t blame him! It was an excellent nap day…

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Although I didn’t drop anything, I read a couple of magazine articles after school and ran across a few interesting book-related items.

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The New York Times Magazine had a short article about the author of a new fantasy series, the first line of which is: “Could an unknown 21-year-old Oxford student named Samantha Shannon be the next J.K. Rowling?”  That’s quite a build up! The first installment is called The Bone Season, and according to the article it’s the first of a seven-part series about a “19-year-old clairvoyant named Paige Mahoney, who roams the streets of London, circa 2059, until the secret police send her off to a penal colony that looks a lot like Oxford.”  Release date is August 20.

I was also drawn to the June issue of Real Simple. It’s hard to pass up a headline which reads: “50 Books That Will Change Your Life.”  I could totally relate to Lois Lowry’s description of reading The Catcher in the Rye: “It opened up a world that we hadn’t felt invited to.” That’s exactly how I felt. Reading Salinger’s classic novel in Dayton, Ohio in the late 1970s, it felt like I was reading about people who lived on the moon! Here’s a link to the Real Simple list:

http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/entertainment/great-books-00100000101474/page3.html

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