December 15, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sheila at Book Journey runs It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Well the past week has been busy.  I am clearing out my classroom, ready to turn it over to the incoming teacher.  Lots of trips to the bin!  Best just to close my eyes, not think of the hours of work and just toss. Teachers need to be ruthless when clearing out, we are such hoarders!  I have passed on some of my books but don't want to burden other teachers with them.  

As I write this I am looking at my last four days in the classroom.  Today, Monday I am off with my class to the local movie theatre as an end of year treat.  Unfortunately there wasn't much on offer, but we will view Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Day - or some such!  

I am not sure how I feel about retirement.  Some excitement, some relief, some anxiety.  Mostly at this time of the year though, tired after a busy year!

I signed up to a few more challenges, I enjoy them and know I will have even more time for them in 2015.

What I read last week.
 Reread. Every bit as good as the first time.

Had heard so much about this book.
Wow. 

What I am reading:
The Lone Texan by Jodi Thomas

Up next:

Just not so sure.  I think it will be A Light in the Wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick.  I think this book would fall under Christian fiction, I don't read a lot of this kind of book, but anything I have read previously by Jane Kirkpatrick I have liked a lot.  Usually its historical so I am sure this one will be too, it is her latest and I picked it up from NetGalley.  Just looked at it on Goodreads, it is historical - set in Oregon and probably could be tagged featuring diversity too.


32 comments:

  1. What did you think of Little Mercies? I read it in the summer! Emotional one! It's funny though because it's only Sunday night to me right now :P

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    1. I know Beth and here I have almost finished my Monday work day. Although I have to go out to a student dinner this evening. Little Mercies - yes very emotional.

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    1. Thanks Carrie, a fairly typical western.

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  3. Little Mercies sounds good! Must check it out!

    Deb

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  4. Marie Force book looks like an author I would like. Little Mercies I have heard a lot of bloggers reading, I will have to check it out sometime.

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    1. I highly recommend the Fatal series by Marie Force -especially for those who like romantic suspense.

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    2. I looked and my library has ordered these books. So I put the first one on hold, now just have to wait for it to come in!!!

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    3. Hope you enjoy it. Good on the library.

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  5. You and I enjoy a lot of the same authors.
    Teachers aren't the only hoarders. We have a friend who cleans and she is brutal about moving out things that can be given away or thrown away. I need her to help go through my closets. :-)
    I know retirement would be difficult for me. Then again... more time to read, do challenges and blog posts would be nice.
    Have a happy week.

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    1. Yes hard to clean out - especially books!

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  6. Congratulations on your retirement! All my teacher friends who have done so entered into it with trepidation, but they are loving it now!

    Here's my It's Monday! I'd love to have you stop by!

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    1. Same with mine, one is having what she calls her 'gap' year and not committing to anything the first year, 'just looking' so I am going to do that too.

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  7. Congrats on your retirement!!! Same as Deb above ^^ all the teachers I know who have retired have felt it as bittersweet at first, but then grew to love it. :)

    My friend's five year old daughter is a wanna-be hoarder - recently their coffee machine died, and she wanted to put it in her room! Lol. :)

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  8. Ahh so it's the teacher in me that explains the hoarding!, my kids are off to the movies with their classes tomorrow too, they are seeing Big Hero 6.
    Enjoy your final days, I'm sure you will be missed!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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    1. Hope they enjoy Hero 6. Not come here yet. Our one I would rate as a 2 star but the kids didn't complain but I was a little nervous to ask for analysis of it!

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  9. Ah, retiring can be such a bittersweet moment....when I FIRST retired (I say first, because a year later, I was working again, full-time, for a private agency, but it was different than my previous 27 years), I felt adrift, after the initial thrill of it.

    So taking on another job for three more years helped me finally decide to "hang it up" and do something different. And now I feel blissful, writing and blogging, etc.

    Enjoy!

    I also loved The Little Mercies...so gorgeously written and what a story. I could so relate, having been a social worker.

    Thanks for visiting my blog...and have a great week.

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    1. Thanks Laurel-Rain. You are a great model for retirement. Yes Little Mercies is beautifully written and I can understand how you would relate to it having been a social worker.

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  10. I enjoyed Little Mercies too. Your cover looks different than the one I had,I think. Congratulations on soon to be retirement!

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    1. Pat there are a few different covers for this book, this is the one the Book Dep sent me, probably a later version.

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  11. Congratulations on your retirement, and I'm sure there are mixed feelings about it. Wishing you a good transition and enjoying what you love to do. I kinda was thinking of a movie or two for the holidays but couldn't find much good to watch... maybe something good will come out around Chistmas.

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    1. Thanks Greg. Yes maybe better movies nearer Christmas.

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  12. Enjoy your reading! I'm hoping to get in some quality reading time over the holidays!
    Laura
    My Monday Reading

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  13. Little Mercies may just make it on my favorite of 2014 list. Congratulations on your retirement. I wish you the very best as you journey this new path.

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    1. Thanks Nise - certainly will be a journey of exploration!

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  14. Every best wish for your new life and new opportunities, Kathryn!
    Bet the movie was fun and the 'lightening' of tossing and turning in a new direction will be freeing...
    Enjoy your reading - I have some Jane Kirkpatrick reading on my list as well.

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  15. Wishing you all the best as you start a new chapter in life!

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  16. CONGRATS....today is the official day, correct?

    I hear you about throwing things out. So much work and then out the window.

    You will love retirement.

    ENJOY, and CONGRATS again.

    Little Mercies is a great read.

    Elizabeth

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    1. You got the day correct! Thanks Elizabeth, very hard to chuck things out, but better than leaving them for someone else to do, as would have to happen and that's not fair. So yes all those hours out the window! Yes Little Mercies was amazing.

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    2. I took a photo of all the work....stacks and stacks of things.

      Glad you enjoyed Little Mercies. They changed the cover since I read it. :)

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