Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Read all about it.

One of my 101 in 1001 goals was to read 25 of the 101 books to read before you die off of this list.  I eventually found a list of 1001 books to read before you die, which I am planning to convert to after I finish the 101.  Anyhow, I'm well on my way to completing this goal before the 1001 days is up seeing as I've finished 15 books so far.

After I finished Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep, I moved on to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.

I absolutely fell in love with this book.  I won't really give a summary (you can obviously find plenty online), but I will tell you that it's told from the perspective of a teenager with autism.  He is "writing" the book.  Being someone who is interested in psychology, mental health, and special needs, I found the book fascinating.  The ability of Haddon to really get inside the head of a teenager with those types of needs was extraordinary, in my opinion.  I would definitely recommend this.  I read it during spring break, when I obviously had a bit more time on my hands, but finished it in two days.

Next on my list is The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and The God of Small Things.

Both of those are pretty thick, so it may take me a while.  I figure I'll have a bit more time seeing as standardized testing is coming up.  I'll likely be proctoring and will definitely have less to grade/plan at night.  This will allow for a bit more reading time.

What books are you reading now?

Ps. Shout out and thoughts to all the teachers going through standardized testing now.  I wish the requirements in my state weren't so stressful for the kids and for me (students can possibly be retained/held back/not pass if they do not pass one of these tests).  These last six weeks will be the most stressful for me yet (which literally makes me sick to my stomach) considering I teach Language Arts and Math (testing subjects) as well as a large group of students who do not test well.  Congrats to those teachers done!  Please bear with me as I may complain and be negative throughout the coming weeks.  I'll get through it though.  Summer will be here before we all know it (hopefully).


Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

It doesn't fall into the deep or meaningful category, but up next on my list is Rob Lowe's book ;) hang in there with testing!

Kayla said...

This book is on my list. Glad to know you liked it. Is it hilarious that I just ordered Rob Lowe's book like Danielle did? Sometimes you gotta read something fun!

I am halfway through The Happiness Project which I loved and am really finding it inspiring! I think I'd recommend it to ya!

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Megan said...

LOVED it! I read it a few years ago, and it just impacted me.

The God of Small Things is AMAZING! I had the privilege of taking this awesome English course in college called "Imagining India." That's the class where we read The God of Small Things. Beautiful, beautiful book.

Claire Kiefer said...

We're done with standardized testing--what a crazy time. I hope it's over soon for you! We have a funny schedule this year in SF--started super early and are finished late May. Bring it on!

The God of Small Things is one of my favorite books EVER. You will read it faster than you think. I wish she'd write more novels.

meghan said...

that list of 100 books looks great. its like a book of more recent almost classics. i want to read more this summer, and i need a list like this to pick what i will read. i should make a goal to read a book a week so that i get off of the computer.


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