One of the positive aspects of the BC Teacher’s strike this year was the camaraderie on the picket line. It was fantastic to have some time to get to know some colleagues that I had not had the chance to really talk to before. It was also great to share reading with many of them. I shared so much reading that the pile of books beside my bedside table just didn’t seem to grow after mid-August. Here’s a photo of the books I did not pass on.
Some thoughts on what I have read:
Unfortunately this picture is missing some of my favorite reads from the summer– I think that Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places and Gone Girl ranked in my top fiction reads for the summer. I finally got around to reading Allegiant (Roth) and Blood Red Road (Young)– both have been signed out in perpetuity in my library, so I managed to snag them for the summer. I can see why students are loving the Dustlands series. I passed John Hart’s The Last Child to several colleagues and we had an awesome book chat on the picket line. Many of us read In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner and had a chat about that book too. Based on our picket line chats, I think that we need a staff book club!
I brought the Jodi Picoult book home because two very sweet students told me I had to read the book. It would change my life- sigh- I know that they will come by to chat and I will have to admit that not only did I not enjoy the book, but that I only finished it so I could tell them I gave it a fair chance.
It is fairly typical for me to read some homesteading books and dream of planting a huge garden that we are able to live off of until February. Sometime in the middle of July I usually remember that #1 I am not a gifted gardener, #2 I live in Northern BC and our growing season is too short to really allow for successful homesteading and #3 I hate weeding. True to form, I read a couple of books on homesteading and canning, I planted three tomato plants and that was about the extent of my gardening for the summer.
I’m a little frustrated that I have lost count of the books I’ve read this summer, but I think I might have my numbers right. I’ve loaned out about 13 fiction and 3 non-fiction books.
My tally (since June 12) is approximately as follows:
29 fiction- a split between YA and Adult fiction
Favorite fiction read from this pile- It’s a toss up between Gone Girl and Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.
Favorite non-fiction read- Happiness at Home by Gretchen Rubin