I swear this past week has been the fastest week of the year so far. One day it was Monday and the next thing I knew it was Friday. It doesn’t feel like I accomplished much school-wise with two tests and a few homework assignments due. Luckily I’m slowly but surely getting things done.
As for reading, I’ve spent the week engrossed in Kathryn Sockett’s The Help on audio. I’m not much of a audio book listener and I can’t remember what made me download this book from my library, but I’m so happy I did. Every day I’ve spent hours ignoring the world around me as I listen to the book main character’s Aibileen, Minny, and “Skeeter” tell readers what it’s like to be African American or white in 1960s Mississippi. I listened to the book after walking my youngest to school, on my way to pick him up, and instead of doing homework. I even crawled into bed hours before bedtime to listen to the book in peace. I know it’s one of my top ten reads of this year so far.
In my last library loot post (which is really the last post before this one,) I mentioned The Tournament of Books hosted by The Morning News. I’ve also spent the week following the tournament, cheering on The Help, Let the Great World Spin, and The Lacuna against their opponents. I think one of the best things about the tournament is the commentary by the judges, the officials, and random people in the comments and on Twitter #tob. This week I’m rooting for Wells Tower’s short story collection, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, The Book of Night Women by Marlon James, Victor LaValle’s Big Machine.
Now I’m off to continue reading The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller. It’s about teachers finding more ways to get every student in their classrooms reading. I’m not a teacher but I love reading books about education. What are you reading this Sunday?