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March Reading

I’ve loved reading for as long as I can remember–and even longer than that, if all the pictures of me as a tiny child on the lap of a parent, surrounded by books, are to be believed. I’ve been a voracious reader most of my life.

However, I must say, my reading significantly declined during a time in my life when I probably should have been reading the most–when I was a high school English teacher.  But man! It’s hard to plan curriculum for classes you’ve not taught before (or for long), grade papers, do your chores, and still find time to read.  Since I’m subbing right now, and subs don’t have to take their work home with them like “real” teachers do, I’m having more luck fitting in reading time.  Though I don’t like everything about subbing, that is one of the blessings that I can appreciate.

Right now, my Goodreads Reading Challenge for the year is set at 16 books (SIXTEEN books in the year twenty-SIXTEEN), and if I keep reading at this rate, I will easily surpass that goal. But we’ll just have to see how the rest of the year pans out.

When you’ve read a lot of books, it can be hard to remember everything you’ve read without the help of a site like Goodreads, and even then, the details can get fuzzy. Writing about what you read can help cement it in your mind a little better, and maybe (just maybe) get you thinking a little more critically about it, and keep your mind sharp to boot. I hope to be able to that regularly here.

So, 9 days into April, let’s talk about the books I read in March, shall we? 😉 Continue reading “March Reading”


Bridal Shower Book Haul

If you know me, or are a regular reader of the blog, you know that I married a man from a different state than me, and that I moved to his state when we got married.  Well, the ladies at my husband’s church (now mine as well, of course), were kind enough to want to throw me a shower, but we were not able to fit it in before the wedding (partially because I  was long distance at the time, and it wasn’t just about finding a free day, but a free weekend that I could travel).  Anyway, the shower was scheduled for a little over a month after the wedding, when I was finally local.

Another thing you know about me if you know me at all, or are a reader of the blog, is that I’m an English teacher, I love reading, and I LOVE books.  Because of this, the shower theme was “Happily Ever After” and guests were encouraged to, in lieu of traditional gifts, bring books that had meant something to them.

I could not have been more thrilled with this plan! I know it’s probably materialistic, but I love books, and I love getting my hands on new reading material (even if it takes me forever to get to it).  But more importantly, I was getting meaningful books from my new friends and family that they had personally picked out to share with me. I like to think that I’m getting to know people better by reading the books that are important to them. 🙂

Seating arrangement at the shower 🙂
Those are book pages decorating the tree.  That garland was strung around the room as well.

So what books did I get? I’m glad you asked. Here is a list of the books, along with a little background information. Continue reading “Bridal Shower Book Haul”

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