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Sunday, June 5, 2011

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

Sheila of Book Journey hosts this meme. This is a fun way to find out what others are reading, and learn about new books. This is my last week of school for this academic year; we are winding down. Students are taking exams, and teachers are finalizing grades and starting to pack up their classrooms. I'm looking forward to two things: a summer of reading, and my participation in the Summer Instittute at Coastal Savannah Writing Project. I'll be in class for the whole day during the week, but I won't have lesson plans, grading, or lunch duty! I'm sure I will find time to read in the evenings and on the weekend, and I'm looking forward to reading with abandon.

So, as we head into the home stretch, here is what I am reading, and what I have lined up for the week:

I'm continuing to read The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky as part of the read-along at A Literary Odyssey. I've already posted on Part One and Part Two. Feel free to leave a comment if you have read The Idiot, or any other Dostoevsky novel. I'm taking this reading experience slowly and savoring it.

I've also been reading Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens. This is just reading kismet. This is another book I've been reading slowly. As it turns out, Dostoevsky admired the work of Dickens, and Our Mutual Friend was a book that influenced him while he was writing The Idiot. I hope to do a little research so I can discuss this connection in my next post for The Idiot.

I've also been reading Teacher at Point Blank by Jo Scott-Coe (she refers to herself as a recovering teacher). All I can say at this point is that Scott-Coe reflects on teaching within philosphical and pedagogical frameworks; she has written a memoir, but her memoir reflects on political, social, and gender issues, and so far it is fascinating.

Also lined up for review:  Before I Go To Sleep, a thriller by S.J. Watson, and To Be Queen, historical fiction by Christy English.

And I picked up Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. at Barnes and Noble this weekend. I am working on some health issues, and this book looks like an approach that might work for me--and for my mostly vegan, always vegetarian dietary requirements.

That seems like plenty for this week, don't you think? Tonight is graduation at my school, and Thursday is the last day for teachers. I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch with a book with no lesson plans, grades, or other duties hanging over my head.

It's Monday--what are you reading?


pussreboots said...

You have two big classics going right now. Good for you!

Summer school begins for me so my reading for fun will take second place to reading for homework. So my reading for fun will have to take second place to reading for school. Come see what I finished in my last week of vacation.

KarenSi said...

I read Our Mutual Friend last year. It's not my favourite Dickens but I still very much enjoyed it. I love Dickens. Will have to add The Idiot to my tr list if it was influenced by Our Mutual Friend.

I know what you mean though. I am taking part in another readalong and it's at a slower pace than I would normally read. It's allowing me to take in more and just enjoy the experience.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I have heard good things about Before I Go To Sleep. Have a great reading week!

Shirley said...

School lets out early for you! Here in Edmonton, teachers are still in school until almost the end of June. Finals are written between now and the third week in June along with high school diplomas. When do you start in the fall?

I enjoyed the commentary that you included, particularly about the Dicken's book. Have a great week!

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Anonymous said...

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bibliophiliac said...

@pussreboots-this is the first time I've had several books going at once-I kind of like it!

bibliophiliac said...

@Karen-I have heard so much about Our Mutual Friend-and I am so interested by the Dostoevsky connection.

bibliophiliac said...

@Sheila-Before I Go to Sleep looks like one that might actually keep me up at night...

*ೃ༄ Jillian said...

I love what you say about a book being a transport to a new place. So true! :-)