|What is the cat looking at? She sat in front of the rock wall for hours just like this,|
End of the school year blues: This is the time in the library which feels a little like a slow moving tornado is coming. We know it is on its way and we can't avoid it. The textbooks are starting to trickle in, many needing to be repaired or boxed up for surplus. We ask (read - beg) teachers to take care of their books early so we don't have to deal with their end of the year stuff while we are near crazed with student items, but they ignore us. Seniors are starting to swirl around as they finally start thinking about lost books and unpaid fines. In the meantime, Sharon and I are trying to keep up on the daily stuff so we are ready for the onslaught. At times it feel like "hurry up to wait."
Reading surprises: Usually this time of year I am too exhausted to read much and definitely am not interested in blogging much. But so far this year I am keeping up with reading and have found a renewed interest in writing reviews for books I'm reading (I still haven't handled the past due book reviews, but one step at a time.)
- Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley---a YA, potential Printz contender about a boy who is agoraphobic and the girl who wants to "cure" him so she can use the experience for an essay to get into college. At first I was pretty irritated by the book but it grew on me as I read on.
- Circling the Sun by Paul McClain---an upcoming book club selection about Beryl Markham, a remarkable woman who lived in Kenya the same time as Karen Blixen (Out of Africa author.) I am getting pretty obsessed with this book and the setting/time period. 80% done.
- The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge---YA. Another Printz contender. This one is the only YA book which has earned a starred review by every publication reviewing it.
Book reviews this week (click on the hyperlink):
- The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
- The Art of X-Ray Reading by Roy Peter Clark
- Lit Up by David Denby
- Three Short Reviews (Samurai Rising, Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling, The Mystery of Hollow Places)
A new Piano Guys (yay!):