Tuesday, September 30, 2008

BLOGGING: It's Tuesday, where are you?

Our high school today had a Shh, Raiders Reading period. For twenty minutes, everyone in the school just read for pleasure. I have two sections of the same physics course, and my class that had reading time was a bit ahead of the other, so I let them read for 45 minutes. The fact I was down to the last 60 pages in my thriller book Child 44, had nothing to do with it. It was so pleasant, as the school was completely quiet, and everyone read, whatever they wanted. I saw kids with school books (All Quiet on the Western Front) pleasure reading (My Sister's Keeper), even the newspaper. I had physics books available for anyone who forgot to bring their own book, selections like A Short History of Nearly Everything, The Trouble With Physics, and Quirks and Quarks Guide to Space. The library was crazy at lunch time, as last minute 'gotta getta book' types were searching. For a while I was at the check out desk, giving recommendations and approvals.

I am between books. I will start something tonight but I am not sure what it will be yet. A Complicated Kindness, People of the Book, or When Will There Be Good News? are at the top of my potential list.

Where is reading taking you today?


  1. I've just arrived in England with My Cousin Rachel. I'm also packing up all my belongings into a car and heading to California from Oklahoma (The Grapes of Wrath).

  2. I always have more than one book on the go, but I just finished one, so I only have one at the moment. In that one I have been kidnapped off the streets and am being kept hostage in a lavish house that I share with a madman (Untouched by Anna Campbell)

  3. I'm in Paris, France during WWII just after the Nazi occupation (Resistance by Agnes Humbert)

    I'm also, though I haven't started yet but do have a bookmark in it already, going to be in 1940s Mississippi with Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

  4. Hi, I just tagged you for a meme! Read about it here!

  5. That's very cool about the reading break!

    I am in England with Miss Annis Wychwood (Lady of Quality by Heyer) and she is just now getting to know the uncle of the runaway she found. I recently left an operating room outside of NYC, where I learned from a brain surgeon that being young and female in a specialized field really only makes you conceited. (um. Title escapes me, will be blogging it soon.) Still popping back into Chicago occasionally with Harry Dresden (the never ending series that I read in the only private room of my house...)

  6. I'm back and forth between Montreal, Quebec and Charlotte, North Carolina. I'm a forensic anthropoligist and College professor in the middle of several investigations. Oh and my sister has added to the complications in my life by suddenly showing up at my Montreal apartment.

    Death du Jour by Kathy Reichs.

  7. Just left Kurdish Iraq (My Father's Paradise) and I think I'll be in my homestate of Texas this week with a thrilling pioneer/Indian tale (Ride the Wind--for a book club)

  8. If you would like to see where I am go here http://confuzzledbooks.blogspot.com/2008/09/where-are-you-tuesday_30.html
    or click on my name and go to my blog.

  9. chris - first! have a great trip.

    marg - Maybe having two on the go is the secret to never being out of books.

    nicola - Mudbound was good, enjoy.

    laura - weird!

  10. lisa - I haven't read any Dresden. The noname book sounds interesting.

    suziq - that's a great series. I haven't read one in a while, and I think there are only a few I need to read.

    trish - it always feels good to come back home, even in your reading.

    shannon - cool, with pictures too. For a minute, I thought you were really there.

  11. I'm somewhere in America, I presume, two narrators are telling the tale, one a stolen child who is learning to be a fairy, and the other the changeling who stole into the stolen boys body and who is living his life. (The Stolen Child, Donohue)

  12. I'm in England as the Ashby family try to work out if Brat Farrar is the long lost son he claims to be (in Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey).

    When will there be good news? was excellent, so I'd reccomend that!

  13. I'm in Forks, WA. USA with Bella Swan and Edward Cullen - about halfway through Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.

  14. I am in Gilead, Iowa with Rev. John Ames who is writing a letter to his young son. He is sharing his thoughts about the past, present, and future. (Gilead by Marilynne Robinson) Diane

  15. katrina - have you ever actually been in America? Or just in your reading?

    sarah - I started A Complicated Kindness, but I'll read the Atkinson next, thanks for the rec.

    cath - I haven't read Twilight yet! I can't be the only one, but I must be nearly the last person.

    diane - I'd like to go to Gilead sometime.

  16. Headed south, across the wasteland of America with the man and the boy. (The Road, Cormac McCarthy)


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