AKA: I want to get back to my own "to read" list!
I have wonderful students, fantastic students, students who are excited to share things with me and that is awesome! However, this whole term, I've been reading (or rereading) books that students have asked me to read.
Let me preface this by saying, I love my students. I love that they read and get excited about their books. I love that they think of me and bring me unsolicited books. I really, really do—it makes me feel like I'm doing something right.
And don't get me wrong, they're good books! I read Flags of our Fathers at the request of a student in my lit. class, Michelle Norris's The Grace of Silence for a student in my Comp. class, and I just finished rereading Geek Love for a group of students who read Chapter 1 in my class and want to know how it ends. In my happiness over their excitement about reading a real, whole book, I offered to buy them cookies and coffee and host a one time book club, if only they read the book. A number took me up on it and we're meeting today at a nearby coffee shop to talk about the book. Without a doubt, this will be the best part of my finals week. But I do miss my own books.
Between these three books, I've managed to squeeze in a few off my own list this term, including The Liars' Club, which READ IT, some Chelsea Cain (well-written pulpy serial killer series), and Rebecca Walker's Black, White, and Jewish which was so damn good. But just listing those books makes me realize how much I love my own book choices and how much I want to get back to my own "to read" list!
Anyway, what are y'all reading? I always want to know: last book finished? current book? next book?
Heading into winter break, I'm about to finish rereading an Alexander McCall Smith book from the Corduroy Mansions series. A friend sent me Angry Housewives Eating BonBons for my birthday, so I'm excited to jump into that one.