I was at home sick with the flu on Thursday afternoon and Friday. The only good thing about being sick is that I got to read two library books. But being sick meant I missed my book club meeting on Friday night because I didn’t want to pass along the flu germs. I would rather not have been sick.
The books I just finished are The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and Dragon’s Time by Todd and Anne McCaffrey. I really enjoyed The Time Traveler’s Wife, even though I had already seen the movie because the prose is so wonderfully descriptive. Dragon’s Time was a good read. It was fun to read more about the adventures of Pern, but at times I could tell that I was missing some things that had happened in the earlier collaboration between Todd and his mom Anne. For the book club we read Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankel. It was much heavier than our more recent books and apparently after much discussion on Friday night we are going to spend more time with it at our next meeting in May.
Paris and I are reading The Invention of Hugo Cabaret by Brian Selznick together. We are enjoying it, and are looking forward to finishing even though we watched the move after we had started. It is a beautiful book. The colour scheme is white on black and it is a hybrid novel/graphic novel; it’s a joy to read. I am also reading Becoming a Great School by Tim R. Westerberg for our school’s professional reading group. It was a interesting to discuss the first few chapters with my co-workers; and strange to Skype in to the meeting from home since it was just down the street from where everyone was meeting at the school.
I have been dipping into the essays in Malcom Gladwell’s What the Dog Saw. There are always several magazines around to dip into: Macleans, Bon Appetit, Yoga Journal, the New Yorker, and Chatelaine and I regularly graze the Globe and Mail, although something seems to have happened to the Globe app on my iPad and I missed the weekend version. I also have some magazines I picked up in Hong Kong. I follow #edtech, #edsci, #edchat and #21clhk and am way behind in the feeds on Google reader.
In the past few months I really enjoyed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, I should have known it was good since Jasmine had already read it several times. I enjoyed movie about as much as I enjoyed reading The Help by Kathryn Stocket which is unusual, I normally find movies based on books I have read are a let down. I raced through The Story of Danny Dunn so I am trying to wait before I start Fishing for Stars by one of my favourite authors Bryce Courtney. I read The Persimmon Tree over the summer and think it’s one of Bryce’s best yet. The cookbook I keep coming back to is Quinoa 365 by Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming.
Balanced around all of the rest is my to-read pile which includes Left Neglected by Lisa Genova, that I have wanted to read since I read an interview with the author and Bone in the Throat from Tom’s extensive Anthony Bordain collection, a few novels by Issac Assimov, one by Nino Ricci and Margaret Atwood that I picked up when Janice recently culled the collection in the school library.