Book Polygamy Day Eight: Slowly But Surely

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My reading pace has slowed down considerably over the last few days.  I’ve had less time to sit and read, which is to be expected as the summer is starting to wind down for us.  I’ve spent some time at school, setting up my classroom and welcoming some new-hires for the ELA department.  I also spent some time at Barnes and Noble as well as preparing for my sister-in-laws’ visit coming up this weekend.  But there’s more to the story than just having time taken away from reading.

I’ve noticed that I’m being torn between wanting to read two of the five books that I’ve selected for myself.  I’ve really been enjoying your continued journey through Westeros in George R. R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings and diving deeper into the complicated lives of the Pirriwee Public School parenthood in Big Little Lies.  I’m following my heart and not equally dispersing my time to include my nonfiction title, Sylvia Plath: A Biography or Literary Fiction title, Sense and Sensibility.  There are no set rules to reading more than one book at one time, but I am starting to see that my natural reading tendencies are playing a larger role than I had thought.  But like I tell my students, sometimes it’s not so important what you read, just that you’re reading in general.

Book Polygamy Day Seven: It’s Ok to Change Your Mind

Notice anything new about my Goodreads’ “Currently Reading” list?

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The truth is, I’m really enjoying the pacing and experience of diving into all these different settings and plot lines, creating connections and opinions about characters that if I don’t feel it with a new book, I don’t really want to spend the time I would rather devote to another.  Sounds shallow, right?  Thank goodness my Reading personality isn’t the same as my approach to relationships.

I think I’ve also learned that I don’t want a lot of turnover all at once.  When I finished As You Wish and Haunted, it was only a day or so later that I also finished The Dinner and A Game of Thrones.  I admit that I was much more invested with the latter duo than the former, so maybe it was easier to fill in the literary void.  Now I’ve started on the second book in the series, A Clash of Kings, so I’m carrying that forward.  But my other three titles need to step it up!

Changes:

Longbourn19486412I can’t tell you what it was about Longbourn that made me stop, but it just wasn’t what I had been hoping for.  I wanted to be grabbed within the first chapter, and frankly it didn’t happen.  On paper (pardon the pun) it should have been an instant connection, but frankly I was bored and distracted.  It was my “Sweatpants” choice, so I’ve decided to switch over to Big Little Lies, a title that’s been on my Kindle for quite some time and deserves to be given a chance.

   

CanterburySense-and-SensibilityI’ve mentioned before that I am rereading The Canterbury Tales in preparation for my English IV’s 1st quarter, as it is the anchor text.  Well, when you’ve read and studied a text as many time as I have, you don’t need to spend a great deal of time doing a close read.  Needless to say, I was able to quickly go over the Prologue, The Knight’s Tale, The Wife of Bath’s Tale, and the Pardoner’s Tale.  In it’s place, I’ve decided not to completely give up the Jane Austen ship and read Sense and Sensibility for the first time.  I may even treat myself to watching the movie.

In Other Reading News

Clash of KingsA Clash of Kings has started out just as strongly as A Game of Thrones left off.  If you hadn’t been able to make a timely transition from the first to second book, Martin does a great job of recapping the important plot points necessary for carrying on.  The pacing is good and I found myself wanting to continue turning page after page, yet I knew that I would need to stop and take a break for real life responsibilities.

Man UpBut, once I was done being an adult, I started reading Man Up! by Ross Matthews.  It’s just as hilarious and endearing as the man who wrote it himself.  I can hear Ross’ voice narrating his memoir and it makes it even more enjoyable!

Book Polygamy Day Six: A Whole New Game

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Yesterday, I started the day with the goal to finish Herman Koch’s The Dinner.  I had a handful of pages left, and the pacing had quickened to a point where I couldn’t put the book down.  I completed the book much quicker than I anticipated, allowing me to be able to finish A Game of Thrones as well.  Today, my Goodreads “Currently Reading” list has a completely different different look.

Longbourn  “Sweatpants” Title: Longbourn by Jo Baker  (Summary via Goodreads)

  Why I chose this book: I love Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and just finished teaching this classic in my Pre AP English class.  Longbourn switches the perspective of the Bennett household from the fretful women to the servants who must attend to their madness.

Clash of Kings  “Chunkster” Title:  A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin (Summary via Goodreads)

Why I chose this book: A Clash of Kings is the second book in the “A Song of Fire and Ice” series by George R. R. Martin.  I have been a loyal viewer to the HBO series, and after much prodding from my husband and friends, I decided to start reading the books.  I emotionally survived the first book, only because of watching the show, but I have been warned that the subsequent titles may not be so easy.

Man Up

Nonfiction Title: Man Up! by Ross Matthews  (Summary via Goodreads)  
Why I chose this title:  I love Ross Matthews!  He’s captured my heart ever since he was an intern on Jay Leno’s run as “The Tonight Show” host.  Currently, Ross has a podcast that is hilariously witty, topical, and entertaining.  I want to learn more about the journey that Ross went on that allowed him to be the confident man that he is today.

Canterbury Literary Fiction Title: The Canterbury Tales (Summary via Goodreads
Why I chose this title: I NEED to start rereading this book! Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales is the anchor text for the 1st quarter of my English IV course, and while I know the stories like the back of my hand, I always reread a text before the unit begins in the classroom.

Why I chose this title for my curriculum: The tales written by Chaucer are timeless!  Human nature never ceases to stay consistent!  The frame story grabs the reader’s attention and dazzles them with the artistic language and bawdy characters.

Coming Clean Audiobook Title: Coming Clean by Kimberly Rae Miller (Summary via Goodreads)

Why I chose this title: I started a free trial of AmazonUnlimited, which includes titles that have audio versions.  I wanted to try out an audiobook that was nonfiction because I tend to be able to get into that genre better than fiction when listening rather than reading.  Kimberly Rae writes about her experience growing up in the house of a hoarder and how that impacted her as an adult.  It seemed like a topic that would keep me intrigued.