Archive | June, 2012

Divergent

30 Jun

Today I finished reading Divergent by Veronica Roth. This is the first YA book I’ve read since reading The Hunger Games over March Break. I liked The Hunger Games, but I LOVED Divergent! Tris, the protagonist, is easy to relate to. I like how the author lets you into her mind without giving away everything she’s thinking.

When I went to see if I could find I photo of the cover, I discovered that the book is being made into a movie due to hit theatres in 2015. That’s exciting, but entirely too long a wait. I’m glad I’ve still got Insugent to read, and even though that wasn’t on my summer reading list, I’ll probably read it next while I’m still excited about Divergent. Many of my adult friends read and enjoyed The Hunger Games, and if that was you, you MUST read Divergent. In its own way it is equally violent and it has that same element of ethical delimma. I kept finding myself thinking how I would react in similar situatios.

For me, this was one of those reads that I just couldn’t put down. I took it with me everywhere, and spent over an hour and a half in the tub with this book on Wednesday. If I didn’t already have book two, I’d be sad that it was over. Now, it’s onto Roth’s Insurgent.

Seperation Anxiety

26 Jun

To get myself through marking exams, among other distractions, I take photos like the one to the right to amuse myself. I love my iPhone! I use it for so many things. Before getting the iPhone, I didn’t really care about my cell phone. I used it to make phone calls, mainly to my husband. That was back before it became illegal to drive while talking on the phone. But, since getting an iPhone, I now text, access facebook, twitter, pinterest and several applications. I use the camera and the video camera and I’d be lost without the calendar. I keep track of all of my appointments and meetings and have my phone send reminders and alerts so I don’t forget anything.

On my way home from Safe Grad, I wedged myself into the seat by slouching down and putting my knees into the back of the seat in front of me. Stuff like that takes me back. However, in my teenage years I never would have had the cell phone to amuse me on the hour drive back to the city.

I got home around 7 AM, and again like a teenager, I pulled my hoodie over my head and deposited it on the floor beside my bed before I crashed. The older I get, the harder it is to pull these all nighters. Four hours later, I was good to go. Well, sort of. I was delighted when I woke up to realize that my husband, Glenn, had cleaned up the room and taken all the laundry downstairs. As I was sitting at the table willing my morning coffee to give me the energy I needed for the day, I began to wonder where I had put my cell phone. If the title didn’t give it away, or the lead in, you now probably know where this is going. I checked the front pocket of my backpack, where I had kept the phone all night while we were at the lake. Then, I remembered having it on the bus.

“Glenn, where did you put my cell phone? It was in my hoodie pocket.”

“Ummmm…”

It was enduring the spin cycle. I found it with four minutes left in the washing machine. It was the last load. How will I explain this to my teenager? I don’t think we’d cut her any slack for leaving her cell phone in her hoodie pocket on the floor.

That was Saturday, and now on Tuesday, I’m still experiencing a bit of separation anxiety. I think I’m doing well, actually. It looks like the phone may survive the incident, but the battery is shot. We ordered a new battery on eBay, along with the special tools needed to take the iPhone apart. Leave it to apple to make a phone that can only be opened with a microscopic screwdriver with a flower shaped head. So, it’ll be a week or so before I know for sure if I’m going to have to shell out $300 and sign a new three year contract. I’ll keep you posted.

Back in Familiar Territory

25 Jun

Last summer I blogged every day. When school started again, I just stopped, quite abruptly. I did that with the gym too. I went five times a week all summer and I paid for the gym for five months after I stopped going. So, this summer I’m going to try something a bit different. I don’t plan on going back to the gym, but I’m going to check out a yoga studio and plan on doing lap swims. Last summer, I forced myself to blog every day. This summer I’m going to force myself to write every day, but it might not always be a blog entry.

Summer 2011My summer just wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t have a stack of books waiting for me. Last year, this was my stack. There were seven on my list and I read five of them. The two I didn’t read are When You Are Engulfed in Flames and Ophelia. Neither of them made it into my stack this summer, which is much bigger this year. My book club book for July is A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I read this months ago, and I highly recommend it! Having read it will allow me to delve into the stack of books that I already have set aside.

Summer 2012So here’s my 2012 summer reading list:

1. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
2. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
3. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
4. One Summer by David Baldacci
5. The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
6. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
7. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
8. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
9. Divergent by Veronica Roth
10. Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
11. Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

There’s a lot of YA fiction there, but that goes with the territory of being a high school English teacher. So many books and only 61 days of summer vacation. Good thing I already read my book club book. Now, if I only knew which book I should start with.

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