On the first day of the year, I laid out my 2018 reading goals.
Update on My Goals: spring 2018 has been one of the most challenging of my ten-year teaching career. I can’t go into details on the reasons, mainly due to student confidentiality and correctional facility rules, but know that I am going to be okay, and that I want to keep reading. I’ve taken advantage of my two-hour round-trip commute to the correctional facility by listening to audio books, which is why I reviewed Janet Mock’s Redefining Realness even though it wasn’t on the list. I finally finished all the books on the list for January and have half of February covered. March means spring break, and I’m hoping to get back on track during that one blissful week of reading. Either way, I want to keep putting up my montly to-read posts so I don’t get discouraged.
Here’s what’s on the list for March:
#1 Fat Fiction: I’ll be reading Fat Bodyguards, the follow-up to Fat Assassins. *SO PUMPED*
Brief Description: “Still skittish from their last job, the girls are reluctant to sign on until he promises – no killing required. They quickly learn that being assassins was a helluva lot easier than protecting the mobster’s spoiled teenage daughter, Princess.”
#2 The Oldest Book Shelved: In This Light: New and Collected Stories by Melanie Rae Thon was purchased September 23, 2011 at a reading given by Thon. I even picked her up from the airport.
Brief Description: “This selection of Melanie Rae Thon’s stories showcases her breathtaking ability to become each one of her characters, to move inside the bodies and minds of the dispossessed. One woman speaks for them all: ‘I’m your worst fear. But not the worst thing that can happen.’”
#3 Newest Book Shelved on Goodreads: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware was a book I picked up just this past November. Someone donated it in the teacher’s lounge.
Brief Description: Women gather in a house in the woods for a bachelorette party and things get a little murder-ish. On NPR, the author said the setting was inspired by the movie Scream in which no one seems capable of closing their blinds so the killer can’t see in.
#4 Random Pick: Whiskey & Ribbons by Leesa Cross-Smith, a novel based on a short story I read and loved in Cross-Smith’s collection, Every Kiss a War.
Brief Description: “Evi—a classically-trained ballerina—was nine months pregnant when her husband Eamon was killed in the line of duty on a steamy morning in July. Now, it is winter, and Eamon’s adopted brother Dalton has moved in to help her raise six-month-old Noah.”