Saturday, May 30, 2009
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Friday, May 29, 2009
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
It is that time of the year...inventory in the school library. I can honestly say that I have read very little and have spent several days reshelving books and fixing all the misfiled nonfiction books. I have barely started inventory of what I have and I can think of a "to do" list that is fairly long right now. I did enjoy my Memorial Day weekend....beautiful weather, visiting with some friends, and my husband's birthday. We purchased for him (or maybe for us) Super Mario Cart for our Wii. I spend most of the time when I play driving off the course and crashing, but it is still fun. The books I managed to read over the weekend were Tori Spelling's book Mommywood. Considering I have never seen anything with Tori Spelling in it, or even know much about her, except that she and her mother have a long standing feud, the book was okay. I don't think we live in the same world....she refers to her "gay husband" (a friend of hers) often. This is a different person than her husband, Dean McDermott. As far as I know I don't know anyone else with a "gay husband". There were some other random references to things that made me realize how very different Tori Spelling is from me, but the book was mildly entertaining and for her fans, probably quite enjoyable.
The other book I managed to finish, aside from the last 20 pages which I haven't read yet, giving you some idea of how uncompelling the book has been for me is the Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club by Gil McNeil. I knit and have typically enjoyed other books about knitting groups (Ann Hood's The Knitting Group being one of my favorites), but I just wasn't able to make any real connections to the characters in this book.
I am hoping to have a bit more time to read something for fun soon. I have a few new books I am working on so perhaps I can burn the midnight oil or something.
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Thursday, May 21, 2009
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
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Monday, May 18, 2009
Another Monday....finally while I was pulling out of the driveway today I realized that this is the last week I will see classes before I begin inventory. Sometimes I count down a bit more, but this year time has gone so quickly. I still have a lot of cool projects I wish we could have got to. I have started thinking about the fall and things I want to try with my classes then. I have started setting aside some chapter books to take home so I can read them over the summer.
This past weekend was taken up (mostly) with a vomiting two year old. I am hopeful that when I get home my mother-in-law, who is watching her today, will have happy news to report and tell me that there has been no more puking or pooping. Maybe after we are back to normal at home I will be able to post again with some new things I have managed to read.
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Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
What is it with me and my love of books about Iran? I am not sure, but there are so many of them being published, that obviously I am not the only one who is reading books about Iranians. Azedah Moaveni's new memoir, Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran was an interesting look at present day Iran.
Moaveni, an Iranian who grew up in the United States, returns to Tehran with the idea of making Iran her home. She still has relatives who live there and friends from a previous stint of reporting from Tehran. This time around she is struck by the changes that have occurred. Ahmadinejad is the new leader, and underdog from the beginning. His rule is characterized by a more conservative attitude toward women than Moaveni has seen during her other time in Iran. The coverings she wears are found insufficient on many circumstances and she fears being arrested. The sites she attempts to access on the internet are often blocked, and satellite dishes are routinely confiscated. To complicate matters, Moaveni manages to fall in love in Tehran, get married and have a baby. While she is not happy with the restrictions she faces for herself, she must now also think of her child and how his life will unfold in an environment that is so controlled by the government.
Moaveni's first memoir, Lipstick Jihad, still sits atop a pile of books I need/want to read. I enjoyed this memoir very much and look forward to Lipstick Jihad and future works by Moaveni.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Little Oink, the latest by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace is too cute! I love the storyline: Little Oink enjoys being neat and clean. His parents want him to make a mess since that's what pigs do. He half-heartedly takes part in messing things up, and once that is done he is allowed to go and play. What does Little Oink choose as his game? House! And he is able to clean things up to his heart's content. The colorful illustrations against a white backdrop are eye-catching and this third "Little" (the first two are Little Pea and Little Hoot) book is just as adorable as the first two.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
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Monday, May 11, 2009
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Sunday, May 10, 2009
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Friday, May 8, 2009
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Thursday, May 7, 2009
I LOVE recommending books to people. I have often said that I would love it if I could do that as a profession. This handy website may take the place of my recommending books to others. If you have read books by a certain author this site allows you to search for others who write like that. Click here to check it out.
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Tuesday, May 5, 2009
I have yet to read this new picture book at home (only because I have ordered our own copy which hasn't yet arrived, while my library copy has), but I did share it with some classes. Once again there was a lot of laughter, although I personally like How to be a Baby a bit more. When the girl/bride states "you can marry your best friend or your teacher or your pet or your daddy..." you could just see my older kids coming up with very logical arguments why that wasn't true. I was dreading someone raising their hand to tell me that such things were illegal. So right off the bat I had to explain that this book was supposed to be FUNNY. After that they enjoyed the story- even the boys, who really aren't into weddings.
I am anxiously awaiting for my latest order of books to come so that we can add a new favorite to our bedtime routine.
Monday, May 4, 2009
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Sunday, May 3, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
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