Phew. I don’t know about you, but Mondays wipe me out… especially on days that my 6th grade students somehow have all the energy in the world! I’m taking a break to decompress before launching back into grading, and came across this fun tag from a book blog I follow. For today’s slice: a slice of my reading life! This is the “My Life in Books” tag. You’ll find covers for each of them at the end of the post.
Pick a book for each of your initials…
– (A) Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
I ADORE all of these books, and have found a way to sneak them all into my class’s Social Issues Book clubs! Score! It’s so much fun talking about books I love with my students.
Count your age along your bookshelf, what is it?
Song of Myself and Other Poems by Walt Whitman
I admit, I love the “I contain multitudes” Walt Whitman. That’s why I bought this poetry collection. In more current poets I follow… have you heard of Danez Smith? My claim to fame is that he was my TA when I was a freshman in college!
Pick a book set in your city/country.
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertali
Picking a contemporary set in my area – this book’s opening scene takes place at the 9:30 club in DC! The characters live in Maryland, within the DC Metro area we locals lovingly call the DMV.
Pick a book that represents a place you’d like to travel to.
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
Okay, this one is kind of a stretch. I’m choosing this AMAZING book to represent Cuba – a place I would love to visit. Though Unsheltered takes place in NJ and PA, the main character’s daughter spent a few years living in Cuba. The stories she tells about the country’s resourcefulness and low-waste society is super cool. Also… I’d love to see all those old cars!
Pick a book that’s your favorite color.
There There by Tommy Orange
Double points for my favorite color being the author’s last name and the cover? 😂
Which book do you have fondest memories of?
Such a hard question! There are a lot of books I have fond memories of. My approach to owing this title was considering which books I loved as a child that would probably be ruined if reread as an adult, and that book for me is Prairie River by Kristina Gregory. My mom and I read it together when I was in elementary school, and I was entranced by the story of a young girl moving West on her own and becoming a teacher in a frontier town. (If you have watched When Calls The Heart… this is basically a young readers edition 😂).
Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?
Um… any unfinished book? I really do abandon books I don’t like. I’d say the one book I wanted to read but just couldn’t read straight through was Walden by Henry David Thoreau – in college/student teaching, I had to teach it but no matter how I tried I could NOT read more than a few paragraphs at a time!
Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?
I’m currently plodding through a 1,097 page Spanish language novel, Dime Quien Soy by Julia Navarro. When I read my paperback version I feel like I’m making progress… but when I switch to my kindle that 7% marked at the bottom is so much less motivating than the “page 96!” If I ever make it through, I’ll feel so so so accomplished!!