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Phew! I made it through the longest week of the year for teachers: conference week! Two afternoons and one very long evening of arena conferencing with dozens and dozens of parents can be fun, is often very useful, but still it’s exhausting. It always feels like the year really speeds up from here. Thanksgiving is only 10 days away, then before we know it Winter Break, and the year starts to fly by. My reading time took a toll last week, but since I had Monday off, still managed to finish a couple books, one a most pleasant surprise. I hope your fall reading is working and making you happy, too.
Hosted by Kathryn at Book Date
Last Week’s Reads
- I had avoided Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson because I so disliked his last book. But, so many people liked it including Sarah at Sarah’s Book Shelves (who is one of my reading twins) I had to think I could be wrong. When my library hold came in I wasn’t all that excited, but gave it a try. So glad I did because I LOVED this book, flying through Wilson’s quirky story. (full review on Thursday)
- I also thoroughly enjoyed listening to Ronan Farrow’s Catch and Kill, an impressive account of his time at NBC investigating the Harvey Weinstein story, and the personal and professional tolls that took on his life. Plus, Farrow exposed the larger picture of corporations’ patterns of covering for predators. (full review tomorrow)
Book I Could NOT Finish
- It pains me to say it, but I just couldn’t get into The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. This was one of my most highly anticipated books of the fall because I adored her last book, The Night Circus. I was never very interested in the story, but gave it a full 75 pages before calling it quits. Have any of you read The Starless Sea?
- Last week for Nonfiction November‘s Be the Expert challenge, Allison at Mind Joggle shared books on friendship. Seeing Truth & Beauty by Ann Patchett on her list pushed me to give it a try. Allison’s recommendation combined with one of my favorite authors was all it took. I’m halfway through and really enjoying Patchett’s memoir of her friendship with poet/author Lucy Grealy.
- I’ve never read Lisa Jewell before, but was ready to take a break from listening to nonfiction, so decided to give a mystery a try with The Family Upstairs. I’m only about an hour in, so don’t have much to say yet, but do love that it has three different perspectives and three different narrators. More next week!
Likely to Read Next
- I think I’m done with nonfiction for a while, so if a library hold doesn’t come in I’m going to go with my first 2020 ARC, Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid. This debut has themes of “race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.” Sounds promising. Right?