Wow! The alarm went off dreadfully early this morning despite going to bed at my regular time AND getting in an 3-hour nap on Sunday afternoon. It was a bit of a long morning because I ended up going to the urgent care, not because I was urgently in need of a doctor’s care, but because we don’t have a doctor yet and I needed something looked at. I will spare you photos, but I have a cyst on my lower back, around kidney level, that has gotten sore. I was prescribed some antibiotics because it’s gotten infected, and they should help with the pain. What they won’t help with is the nickname my husband has given me: the Cyst-tine Chapel. I must in-cyst this stops.
It was also my mother-in-law’s birthday, and because she’s in Michigan and we’re in Jacksonville, we had to send our best wishes through the Verizon turnpike. Being away from loved ones on special occasions is going to be one of the few downers about living here. But it’s a great excuse for said loved ones to come visit and get a great tan at the same time =)
Enough rambling! On with the show!
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (rereading)
Standing on the fringes of life… offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.
This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative new voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
This is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.
Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.
As part of my “Coming of Age” SLASH “Who Am I?” SLASH “Introspectively Me” unit for the 9th graders, I immediately chose this novel to add to the course syllabus. When I complete this read-through, it will have been the 4th time and I’m just as much in love with it as the first time.
Rapture by Lauren Kate
The sky is dark with wings . . . .
Like sand in an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past they must find the place where the angels fell to earth. Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn’t know if he can do this—live only to lose Luce again and again.
Yet together they will face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies . . . and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed. And suddenly Luce knows what must happen.
For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they’ve borne has always and only been about her—and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now will be the only one that truly matters.
In the fight for Luce, who will win?
The astonishing conclusion to the FALLEN series. Heaven can’t wait any longer.
I have to be honest, it’s been so long since I started reading this series, back when the first three books were already published and available on Kindle, I had forgotten so much about the plot and characters that I’m sort of muddling my way through this one. Which isn’t fair. To either myself or the series. When I have the time (biggest fantasy ever) I will reread all the Fallen books. There must have been something there that kept me reading the first three.
I have a great Blogroll that you can always check out, but as we all know, keeping everything updated isn’t exactly my specialty. As opposed to encouraging you to read a blog in general I thought I would put out a few specific posts that stuck out in my mind.
Right now I am not really spending a lot of time reading anything that isn’t somehow connected back to my classroom. Time is ticking as one week from now I will be leaving for the first day of classes. HOLY MOLY! Thankfully, the majority of short stories in the Elements of Literature textbook are repeats from other anthologies I have used. But I do love going back and skimming through the short stories: The Most Dangerous Game, The Gift of the Magi, Harrison Bergeron, Thank You Ma’am…so good!
Question of the day: What have you been reading?