Sunday, February 11, 2007

We're having a heatwave, a midwestern heatwave!

One nice thing about it being cold as hell these last couple of weeks: when it's finally sunny and above 25 degrees, it feels downright balmy. We are soooo going to appreciate Spring when it gets here.

Speaking of Spring, what is up with having Daylight Savings time be March 11? the hell? Doesn't it usually happen in April? Do we really need that extra hour of daylight? Someone said it's for the economy. If it is, I still don't get it.

In a couple of months, my book group will be making selections for the coming year. (We choose our books a year in advance- each person has a "pick") Any recommendations? We have a few guidelines- nothing of the Danielle Steele ilk, nothing so long as not to be finished in a 4-5 week period of time, as we meet monthly. It must be in print, preferably in paperback. We have found that some of the books we enjoyed the most prompted the least discussion, while those we liked less, or had trouble reading sparked the best discussions.

I've got a mild case of Sunday-itis tonight. I don't want to go to school tomorrow. Wahh. The good part about Wed. being our ITED (Iowa Tests of Educational Development) day is that the kids are done at noon, so we get to go out to lunch after we have safely delivered the test booklets to their proper vault. It's almost like a day off, not having to prepare lesson plans for that day. Woo hoo!


Blogger Adeline said...

mmm i love recommending books.

things fall apart by chinua achebe, if you like the multicultural stuff.

and rohinton mistry. I know he was a book club for oprah selection, but A fine balance is still topping my list.

kurt vonnegut is always wierd.

avoid the latest tom wolfe, what a piece of worthless trash.

2/11/2007 11:26 PM  
Blogger Jess Riley said...

I can't wait for daylight savings to change again, since the clock in my car will be correct again.

Good books...hmmm. I have yet to read it, but "The Book Thief" got high marks. And if you want something that will make you laugh and reminisce about junior high try "Kick Me" by Paul Feig. Anything by Haven Kimmel or Lorrie Moore is also recommended.

2/13/2007 2:30 PM  
Blogger Mrs. T said...

Jess- LOVE Haven Kimmel and Paul Feig is one of the creators of the brilliant but cancelled "Freaks and Geeks". Thanks for the recs.

Adeline- great suggestions- "A Fine Balance" is on my shelf anyway, taunting me.

2/13/2007 5:36 PM  
Blogger NYC Educator said...

I love the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexandar McCall Smith. It's sequels are as good as the original, too.

2/14/2007 5:48 AM  
Blogger parvenue writer said...

I think anything by Jess Riley or Wendy Boucher. Heh, heh. Happy Valentine's Day!

2/14/2007 9:54 AM  
Blogger Shawnee said...

Within the past month or two, I've read (and loved):
"My Sister's Keeper", Jodi Picoult
"Possible Side Effects", Augusten Burroughs
"Pegasus Descending", James Lee Burke
"Dispatches from the Edge", Anderson Cooper
"Them", Francine du Plessix Gray
"The Lovely Bones", Alice Sebold (I'm a little late to the party on that one)

and reread:
"In Cold Blood", Truman Capote
"The Great Gatsby", F. Scott Fitzgerald
"Princess Bride", William Goldman

Happy (belated) Valentine's Day!

2/15/2007 8:43 PM  
Blogger Adeline said...

oh also pending the beating up of elie wiesel, his book "night" is a book every human should read.

2/17/2007 8:25 PM  

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