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I am in awe to find another fan of his work. We will need to find a way to share thoughts on his books as they are almost unknown, which is beyond me. I have two more on my list... agh. Time, even in summer there is never enough.
Good Morning. Another thing we have in common---chubby books. I know that one day I will wake up with gigantic Popeye forearms from reading chubby books. Thickness matters! I knew I was going to love WtD immediately but when the boys are in that first sea battle and there's that scene about how if (sorry the character's name isn't coming to me) can keep from making eye contact with any of the wounded and dying on the deck of the ship then he knows he'll survive I was completely knocked out.The blog name came from the friend who started it out with me. Shortly after we started it she decided writing a blog wasn't for her but I've kept up with it and stayed with the format. I'm too opinionated and love reading too much not to want to try and nag the world into likng what I like. I'll have to take a look at LibraryThing. You have made it sound very appealing. Sea of Poppies? It is one of my favorites. Historical fiction in general and colonialism in particular are my pets. The sequel to Poppies, A River of Smoke is due out here in September. Did you like Poppies too? I've read all of Ghosh's books. If you liked Poppies I think you would like A Glass Palace as well. It's superb!
Hey Jenny! What a nice thing to say, thank you. I do post on Goodreads under my real name, Felice and I have a blog No Cupcakes For You. Do you like Library Thing? I have never really checked it out---no reason just haven't done it. I looked at your blog, very impressive! I added it to my Google Reader so I'll see your updates. How did you come to select We The Drowned to read? My copy was sent to me almost a year ago by a friend that lives in London. It was a big deal there and did quite well. It doesn't seem to have made the same...splash....here. Felice
I really liked it, maybe it was the dry humor and I really liked the Major and his fight to stay very "British" or at least the way I view them "stiff upper lip" and all, in 2010. I really liked the emotional stuff, between Major and Mrs. Ali, and the Major and his son. If you finish it, I know its hard to push thru some books when they just dont grab you, we will see what you think. Thanks for the recc. on a good book! I am at the library all the time reading thru hundreds of books just to find about 10 good ones to read out loud. I absolutely love reading to the children, I know I get more out of it then they do. It is wonderful when you find a book that inspires them to go read a book! I love it when the moms stop me in the halls and tell me their child asked to go to the library and check out the book I just read to them! What it takes to get them to want to read!!
I see that you are reading "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand". I am not very far into it but am finding the dialogue very smart, and am really enjoying it. Would love to hear anothers opinion. Thanks!
Hey I just noticed your 2009 review of Delillio, I had a somewhat similar experience I was very moved but did some skimming as well, it was a difficult read. Since that orignal read I have started (actually nearly finished ) it with a pen in hand , it s been really intense , only afew select authors like Louis Ferdinand Cline, Camus, DOstoyevesky , Kafka etc has produced as much thought. Anyway requesting fiendship..... Happy reading
Hey Jenny,How art thou?Interesting choice of words - anxious. You definitely caught me off guard with it. If I had to pick a best word for my past group, sincere is the first one that comes to mind. They definitely tell it like it is - good and bad. :)Very moving quote. I have to admit that I had to stop reading it once I came to the part about "vacation nearly done." :) Teasing, of course. Honestly, it was very chilling - right away I considered what it would be like to learn that I couldn't go back to teaching this September. I think I would have a break down of sorts. I believe it was Elie Wiesel who wrote that "teaching is essential to my life." Which brings me to the one thing that has been keeping me from moving to Italy - room 117.Oh, I have a bit of an Italy fascination. Took my students there twice and recently wrote a book about it - "Roam Italy." Actually, I will be taking a few students to the Dominican Republic in about a week. A few years ago I figured out a way to have the best of both worlds collide - traveling with my students. ---michael
WHY THANX JENNY....I AM GLAD THAT WE ARE NOW FRIENDS. I HAVE A REQUEST, CAN YOU SHARE WITH ME THE BOOK, OR BOOKS THAT YOU ARE READING NOW?JASS!DO YOU LIKE MUSIC? IF SO, WHAT KINDS?
Hola Jenny,"Best group ever?" Wow! I don't hear that said often. Of course now I am going to ask you to choose one word that describes them best - with the risk of sounding corny. :)I really enjoyed my year with the 8th graders. Just started my 11th year at school teaching Social Studies. Really love where I am at.---michael
Greetings,How were the 3rd graders this year?---michael