Welcome friends! I have started this entry in the global technosphere because I have been in love with books since the age of 2. Among the busy business of being a new teacher, this is my outlet for sharing thoughts on a love of reading a wide variety of books. My inspiration can be summed up with a yearbook quote from a teacher written when I was 8: "To the only girl at recess I see reading a book. Good for you!"
My blog title is quoted from a classmate who asked me this once. Believe it or not, I've also heard it as a teacher :D

Monday, January 3, 2011

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

A weekly meme hosted by Sheila @ One Person's Journey Through a World of Books.

Welcome back readers, all bleary-eyed & bushy-tailed from the holidays I take it :)  I hope you all had a fabulous start to the New Year.  I've enjoyed catching up on all the blogs I follow to see what books you received for the holidays and/or read during them.  Today, I'm home from work (not much need for a substitute teacher on the first day back from the holidays!), I hope to hop through some new blogs & catch up on older ones through that handy dandy Google Dashboard ;)

I'm proud to say that I finished 3 books unexpectedly before New Year's Day, upping my 2010 total to 18 books read. Didn't think that would happen & it's making me realize how much time the holiday break allows for burying one's nose in a good book :)  On that note, I've written an updated end-of-year post with some new stats.

Books Read Since My Break: (3)
The Poisonwood Bible- Barbara Kingsolver
Last Words- George Carlin
84 Charing Cross Road- Helene Hanff

Currently Reading: (2)
Full Dark, No Stars- Stephen King
I have read the first 2 short stories (loved both!), and have 2 left to read--for the Stephen King challenge.

My Life- Bill Clinton
I actually dipped into this on Dec. 31 after finishing 84 CCR & being too early to start the King book :D

Next to Read:
This Time Together- Carol Burnett--should be a sweet, breezy read for the What's in a Name 4 Challenge
Water For Elephants- Sara Gruen--has been "next to read" for a while now!
Atonement- Ian McEwan--ditto above!

Reviews Written Since Break:
None, hence the word "break" :D  I have 4 newly finished books to review & still have some older previously read (what I call "retro read") books to post reviews for.  I hope to have the 4 newer ones reviewed by next week & will (as usual) post the retro-read ones slowly but surely while reading my new books.  Who knew there was strategy involved in book blogging? :D

Have a wonderful reading week!


  1. Water for Elephants has been on my tbr pile for a while too hehe! Maybe we can both get it done this January :)

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  2. Have a fab week! My It's Monday is here.
    Come and link reviews of books with a TV/Movie Adaptation on this week's Read My Review

  3. Welcome back and Happy New Year!
    I saw the movie version of 84 Charing Cross Road and loved it -- I really need to read the book.

  4. You ended the year with a bang! Happy New Year!

  5. I loved Water For Elephants. I'll bet the Carol Burnett book will be fun -- I'll have to look into that.

  6. I didn't realize the Stephen King book was short stories, I'll have to take a look at that one.

  7. Thanks for your comments on my Monday post about The Lovely Bones! I can definitely see why some people didn't finish it - the first chapter is so horrific! It really takes quite a journey from there to where it ends. Thanks also for your kind words about my family.

    Did you love the Poisonwood Bible?? It's one of my all-time favorites - top 5 books ever read! And Stephen King is always good. We've had Under the Dome sitting on our shelf for months now - its size is a bit intimidating!

    You've got some good ones coming up - Water for Elephants is absolutely wonderful...and now is a good time to read it, since the movie will be coming out soon. And I've always been a huge fan of Carol Burnett. Enjoy!


  8. 84 CCR is one of those books I keep meaning to read but then I forget about it. Thanks for reminding me again! I've really got to fix it more firmly onto my TBR list.

  9. Look forward to your review on Poisonwood Bible!

    (all this time I thought I was following you and I wasn't! problem fixed now...have some catching up to do!)

  10. Ooh, did you enjoy The Poisonwood Bible? I love that book. "The Lacuna" by the same author is very good as well.

    Good luck with Bill Clinton's autobiography. I read it a few years back and whilst I very much enjoyed it, it was a struggle at times.

    And yes, my English teacher did think that reading aloud with a forced accent was "drama" :/ Luckily I only had him for one year and had an amazing teacher for the remaining six who inspired me to read many wonderful books.

  11. I loved 84 Charing Cross Road. On my top 10 last year.


  12. I can't wait to hear what you think of Water for Elephants and Atonement. It's been a few years since I read both, but they were so good!

  13. Wow, thanks everyone for commenting!

    Sharita~ Here's hoping :) Enjoy Pride & Prejudice!

    Trillian~ Thanks, you too.

    Suzanne~ Happy New Year to you! I saw 84 CCR before reading the book & loved it, too. Anne Bancroft (RIP) was such an amazing actress.

    Kathy~ Thanks, I surprised myself :D

    Joy~ I wasn't around to watch Carol Burnett's show but have discovered her through YouTube & my cousin who's a big fan. Her book should be a blast!

    Shan~ Yes, there are 4 short stories. I'm about halfway through the last one. They're all creepy & any King fan will eat them up.

    Sue~ You're very welcome. Yes, I loved The Poisonwood Bible & just need to write a review (x4 for the others I read recently). I'm glad you liked Water for Elephants--I'm anxious to start it but I want to get a headstart on my challenges, too...*grr* Under the Dome is the kind of book you can breeze through in most places but it took me just over 2 weeks to finish.

    Susan~ I hope you'll read 84 CCR soon. It's just lovely :)

    Melody~ Thanks for following! I'll get that review done soon (I hope).

    Sam~ Yes, I did love The Poisonwood Bible & will get the review up soon. I'm liking My Life by Bill Clinton but I start pining for fiction after every 100 pages or so :D That's good that you had an inspiring teacher after that miserable one. It seems to be a sad fact in most school experiences that for every wonderful teacher there's at least one bad apple :(

    DizzyC~ It would make my top 10 of the year, too, if I hadn't done it so early :/ Have you seen the movie? It's wonderful & very loyal to the book.

    Avid Reader~ I can't wait, either :D

  14. The Poisonwood Bible has been on my to read list for a while so I'm looking forward to your review! I loved Water for Elephants- hope you enjoy!

  15. Looking forward to hear what you thought of Poisonwood Bible :-)

    Water for Elephants is on my list to read.Someday. I guess it's set (at least partially) where I live so I suppose I'm obligated.

  16. Happy New Year!
    I can only guess how funny the George Carlin book jotting that one down. Enjoy your books.

  17. Roving Reader~ I highly recommend reading The Poisonwood Bible. It's simply fantastic!

    jupitersinclair~ I'm sad that I've bumped off Water For Elephants for so long & will finally get to it this year (hopefully earlier rather than later!)

    CMash~ Happy New Year to you, too! If you know & love Carlin's humour, the book is a must-read :)

  18. You must read Water For Elephants soon you will love it!