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 24, 2011

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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

Read more, reviewed less this week.  Unfortunately had to change direction on two challenges with an overlap book but I think I made a decent save (see Bloggy Things below).

Books Read This Week (2)
Atonement- Ian McEwan
Slaughterhouse-Five- Kurt Vonnegut (DNF)

Currently Reading (3)
A Prayer For Owen Meany- John Irving--a light, breezy read so far but will take time to finish; definitely reminiscent of its adapted movie Simon Birch (though the movie only used some of the book's material).

My Life- Bill Clinton--still chugging away at this 5 months from starting it!

Cloris: My Autobiography- Cloris Leachman--I thought this would be a fun diversion with its short, anecdotal chapters, ala Carol Burnett's This Time Together that I zipped through a couple of weeks ago; I'm hoping to finish & review this prior to the Irving book.

Next to Read
Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon--I'm itching to start this as I love the movie

Rabbit, Run by John Updike--for 1st in a Series challenge; also has been a book of interest for a long time

Other Reviews Written This Week
What's It All About?- Michael Caine

Bloggy Things
~ Added DNF (Did Not Finish, Don't Recommend) rating to my review system

~ Due to giving up on Slaughterhouse-Five, which was a challenge book for Back to the Classics and What's in a Name 4, I've subbed in Cujo by Stephen King for BTTCC (a banned book, overlapped with Stephen King Challenge), and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury for WIAN4 (a book with a number).

~ Edited, reorganized & updated Lifetime Must-Read List.


  1. Ironic...I just had one of those DNF have to write the review...those I find the hardest to write!!

  2. I imagine that Cloris Leachman's book will be very funny! Enjoy!

  3. I'm going to be reading Atonement very soon and I can't wait to get around to it!

    I am loving Jane Eyre so far, I can't believe it's taken me this long to get around to reading it. The Time Travellers Wife was just a bit ... meh... to me, especially when she kept getting pregnant and having repeated horrible miscarriages. I know I'm in the minority though! I'm going to start my meme on Wednesday, join in if you can :)

  4. I've tried to read Atonement and just couldn't get into it. I enjoyed the movie, and I have read McEwan's Chesil Beach and liked it, so may need to try Atonement again

  5. Thanks for your comments :)

    CMash~ I agree, they are tough to write. I try to keep them short & respectful so no one who loves the book is offended. Good luck!

    Shan~ I finished it today & am reviewing it. It was all right & if you're a fan, I would say go for it.

    Sam~ Can't wait to hear your response to Atonement. Ah, Jane Eyre is on my TBR shelf but hasn't been touched yet :/ As for TTW, yes that was a difficult part of the novel to get through. You're not alone with being less than captivated by it. I'll stay tuned for the meme :)

  6. Oh I am sorry to hear you DNF Slaughterhouse-Five. I hope you have a great week. My Monday:

  7. I didn't realize that "Simon Birch" was based on a book. I need to check that one out. Happy reading!

  8. I need to read a Prayer For Own Meany - that one has to for sure be on my list for the next Banned Books Week.

  9. I'm so glad you're going to read Rabbit, Run. It's one of my favorites.