Well would you look at that.. it’s been a whole week since I’ve posted anything! So sorry.
I was about halfway through A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents when I accidentally left it in my husband’s car, leaving me without an ‘in progress’ book. Thankfully Goldengrove arrived that day.
Actually, Goldengrove TRIED to arrive twice before but the UPS man wouldn’t leave it without a signature. That just burns my shorts. Who can be home all day, waiting for books to arrive?? I wrote a note asking UPS to please leave it on the porch, or with a neighbor, so they finally did that on the 3rd day. My neighbor ran it over to me as I was leaving to pick up the kids at school, so I started it in the school parking lot and haven’t put it down since. The writing is achingly beautiful, and I’m blown away by the author’s ability to paint such vivid mental images with her words. I’ve inhabited the Goldengrove world entirely and I’m going to finish the book before going back to A Field Guide.. because I just can’t bear to put it aside.
The UPS man had another surprise for me this week. Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving is a chunkster at 576 pages. On the back cover it says, “In 1954..in Northern New Hampshire, an anxious 12 year old boy mistakes the local constable’s girlfriend for a bear. Both the 12 year old and his father become fugitives…” An unsolicited book of that size might have ended up on the bottom of my TBR pile, but I’m intrigued.. plus, well.. it’s John Irving.
My book club meets today to discuss Lottery by Patricia Wood. Lottery is about a mentally challenged young man who wins 12 million dollars in the Washington State Lottery. Ms. Wood is working toward her doctorate in a disability and diversity program, and she is also the daughter of a lottery winner, making her uniquely qualified to tell this story! She lives with her husband on a boat in Hawaii but will take time out of her busy ‘aloha’ schedule to chat with us this afternoon.
My kids have been reading quite a bit. My youngest, the reluctant reader, found a book she likes. Dork Diaries: Tales from a NOT-SO Fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell has captured her imagination. It’s subtitle is “The Secret Diary of Nikki Maxwell” and it’s set up as the diary of a middle school girl. It’s kind of the female version of the Wimpy Kid books. My daughter has to read 20 minutes per day and this book has her reading a little longer, even after the timer goes off.
My oldest is a reading machine. Her latest obsession is the Uglies series by Scott Westerfield. She plowed through Uglies in a day and a half and begged me to get in the car and drive to the book store for Pretties, the next in the series. There are four books in the Uglies trilogy (isn’t a trilogy, by definition, 3 things? Did he get to three and just decide to keep going??) She’ll probably have them all finished by the end of the week. Any suggestions on what to feed the raging reading inferno that is my 11 year old?
Kids and Home:
1st day of 5th grade!
My 5th grader went back to school on Tuesday. On Wednesday she tried out for basketball, and on Thursday she found out she made the team! Which is great, but also adds another layer of chaos to our already hectic lives. She’ll practice twice a week and have games through mid November. It’s a travel team with games as far as 30 miles away, mid-week. I’ll have to use my magical powers to be in two places at once, or rely on other parents at times to drive one of my kids around.
My 7th grader, who has played the trumpet for the last two years, announced this week that she was switching instruments. She wants to play the baritone. Having never been in band, I wasn’t even sure what that is.. but I know now that it’s sort of a small tuba.
Her band director thinks that’s great and is totally encouraging the switch, but I’m a little unhappy about it. Maybe because I’m the one who has been renting the stupid trumpet for two years and paying for lessons all summer! On the plus side, the fingering is the same on both instruments, so she should pick up the baritone very quickly. Plus, she can use a school-owned instrument in junior high and high school (if she sticks with it) because not that many kids go out for baritone, and bands need them, so the schools have plenty to lend out. That means no more instrument rental fees for me. I should be happy, right?
Football season has started so the hub has checked out of family interaction on weekends in favor of a perpetual tv trance. He’ll be “watching” the kids today during book club. Hopefully they won’t burn the house down.
I signed on to chair the Scholastic Book Fair at the junior high, which starts this Friday and runs for a week. There are a ba-zillion details to attend to in advance of the fair, so if anyone wondered why I haven’t been around the blog-o-sphere much lately, that is why. It’s a big job, but I love being a book pusher.
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