Grab Your Book: Reading Anything Good?

Grab Your Book

FRIDAY! Finally! This has been the longest week ever and all sorts of stuff happened.

The callback list for Annie posted and both kids got a callback. The Teen got called back for Rooster (Tim Curry played him in the movie), which is what he tried out for but sadly, The Girl did not get called back for Annie. Instead, she got a callback for Duffy, one of the other orphans. Both, great roles. We won’t know who made the final cast until Tuesday afternoon but both said their callback went well. The suspense…it kills me.

I got a promotion at work. I never talk work on here but hey, I am happy.

Another thing that happened this week is that my daughter’s teacher enrolled her in a Title 1 program. Now, I don’t know much about Title 1 so maybe you teacher folks can clue me in but I was a little surprised about her being added to this program. She started Kindergarten when she was four, before they changed the cut-off date so every year she lags a bit in the beginning. I hear this repeatedly at the parent conferences but then once she is back into the routine of things, she is okay. However, this teacher, whom I love and was also was the teacher for my son when he was in 6th, said she needs some additional help so of course, this concerns me. Plus, I asked The Girl who else was added to the program and she said, her words, “The new girl who does not speak English.” Oh my. I have a meeting to discuss the program on 10/16. I figure extra math help cannot hurt but it threw me off a little.

These days, I need reading more than anything. Kid stuff, work stuff, you know the drill. Every time I turn on the TV something horrible has happened somewhere. And although my schedule seems more manageable, I find that I am not handling what I have as well as I used to. I suppose it’s just a lack of patience. Why do I have to be here? What’s the point? Tell it to me in three sentences or less. Yeah. I know many of you can relate.

So, why can’t we all just sit down and read and not worry about any of it? That is my question.

I just finished I Am Malala and I have a confession. I had absolutely NO desire to read it but I flew through it in just a couple of sittings and now I am glad I read it. That is why I belong to a book club. Had it not been chosen, I don’t think I would have picked it up on my own.

Just started Something Wicked This Way Comes for the read along Sandy and I are hosting. More of you have decided to join us and we couldn’t be happier. I am liking it quite a bit. It’s very atmospheric. I need ‘atmospheric’ since it’s supposed to be 108 here this weekend and it just does not feel like fall.

I want to also start this one:

The Book of Strange New Things

It’s a chunkster though and I want to be sure I am done with it in time for my Revival read along. Yes! Another Stephen King read along! That will be announced later this month.

What are you all reading?

26 thoughts on “Grab Your Book: Reading Anything Good?”

  1. Congratulations to both your kids on their callbacks….can’t wait to hear if they are in the play.

    I read I Am Malala a while ago and liked it. I put it on my daughter’s Nook since it is one of the few books in her lexile range that she can read for her Reading Counts program (insert rant here). She is only partially through it, though.

    While you have 108 degree weather, it is getting colder here. Tomorrow a low of 33. I am sooooo not ready for winter.

    1. I don’t think it is going to reach 108 today. Now they are saying 103. I’ll take it. I Am Malala did seem like it was written for a younger audience. I do believe that was her intent. I’m not sure my daughter would be interested in it.

      Since you are a teacher, can you tell me about Title 1. Do you have that where you are?


  2. I just finished I Capture the Castle and love it! I don’t know what I am going to read next but I start a few pages of J by Howard Jacobson and knew I am going to like it very much too. 🙂 Gosh Stephen King… I can’t read his book without having a nightmare. I tried it once in my teens and that was it. 😦

    1. Re: King His new books haven not been scary, just good stories. He seems to be moving away from the typical scary stuff.


      1. Ahh.. that’s good to hear.. it’s the Stephen King branding that whenever I see his name, I don’t even want to know what it is about. All I know that his name is synonym to HORROR!! LOL

  3. Congratulations on your promotion!! I know nothing about Title I but I figure any extra help is a good thing. It’s gotten to the point where I don’t watch or read the news – if there’s nothing I can do about it, I’d rather not know.

  4. Congrats on the promotion! That’s great news! And the kids getting callbacks, too. I’ve been sick for the past few days (caught something from the guy who coughed constantly on the train last weekend) and haven’t felt much like reading, but I downloaded Something Wicked This Way Comes and will get started this weekend. Think there’s a book waiting for me at the library, too. Happy Friday!

  5. Congratulations on the call backs and the promotion! I’m currently reading short story collections but I recently finished A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki, and it was fabulous.

    1. I was reading a poetry collection at bed time and it was quite racy and at times, offensive. I save collections like short stories and the like for bed time because I cannot ever stay awake all that long once I start reading.


  6. Great news that they got callbacks and that you got a promotion. Good news all around. I could use some of that professionally…but I digress. I got the Bradbury book in the nick of time for the read-a-long, and I hope to find some time while my parents are here visiting….but I can catch up later if necessary.

    I’m finishing up Moonlight Palace for a tour and its really good. That’s about it…no concrete plans really though

  7. Fabulous news on your promotion! I just (today) finished two books that are the best things I’ve read in quite a while, Hild, and Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore. I’m just about to start I Am China, by Xiaolu Guo.

      1. Ooh, move it up the pile! I thought it was wonderful – a slightly weak ending, I thought, but not enough to spoil the overall experience. It’s been a while since I got as absorbed into my reading as I was with Mr Penumbra and Hild.

  8. I feel like a heel for not asking about the callbacks. I knew they were coming but I’m busy being self-absorbed right now with my own issues. I need to snap out of it. And I’m glad you got the promotion you should have had all along (gotta love Karma). I don’t know anything about Title 1, but generally I feel that if the teacher sees she needs help, then it is better NOW than when she hits high school and things start moving faster. Now is the time to figure it out before it swallows her. I just started Something Wicked today on audio. Very subtly creepy!

    1. Oh. No worries at all. I know you are wrapped up with stuff and to be honest, the days blur together for me and I often forget to even post updates. This time though, some asked so I thought I should mention it. Inquiring minds want to know and all that.

      Something Wicked is proving to be perfect for this time of the year. I bet it’s good on audio.

      Oh, and The Teen got his permit!


  9. Congratulations to everyone…it’s not called Title One here but it usually involves meetings, testing, parental permission and an IEP…they have to set goals for her that have to be measured! Are you finding out more soon?

    1. The meeting for it is on 10/16. She made it sound like she would just get extra help. I Googled it and it said something about an instructional aid that would help her with her math. It’s funny because as soon as they got put in it, and before she has even met with the aid, she has gotten two A’s on her last two math tests.


  10. Congratulations on your promotion! Woohoo – you should certainly celebrate.

    I am so glad that you liked I am Malala. I had the exact same reaction. I didn’t want to read it initially but I could never put it down. It was a great read.

  11. Congrats on the promotion, lady! 😀 Great news! Hmm, maybe they think she needs just a bit of extra help with math? (Perhaps it’s nothing to be too concerned about and is just a preventative thing? I’ll cross my fingers for you both!) Enjoy your readalong. Right now I’m in the middle of Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican, it’s a doozy!

  12. I’ve started The Silent Wife (book group) and Plainsong, both okay so far. At my school (elementary) Title 1 is supplemental instruction that is offered to students who have been found to be eligible for the service (usually through some kind of testing/assessment). For us, it’s 30 min a day, 5 days a week.

  13. Title I? Huh. It’s purpose is to improve academically the disadvantaged (by socio-economics or race). I don’t know that I would put you in that category. I’d definitely look into what she has put into. At our school Title I funds tend to fund English learner programs, but maybe it’s different at her school.

    I want to read I am Malala with my daughter; I think it would be a good one to read together

    1. I have to write the review but it was a very easy book to read. I think maybe it was geared towards younger readers. Heavy subject matter but she doesn’t dwell on any of it really. She focuses on education, front and center so it makes for a quick read.


  14. I’ve been a bad blog reader lately and am finally scanning Feedly (rather than hopping directly to the blog). And I saw your note about the promotion!! CONGRATS! 🙂

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