I love Bookriot’s podcasts. Like I might be an addict. You can get your hit here.

I originally started down the rabbit hole of podcasts a few months ago because my kids go to daycares on different sides of the city. Long story, it’s ridiculous, don’t ask.

Anywhoo, I originally started out with All the Books a podcast about new books that week by two kick ass reader chicks. I have yet to read anything I don’t like. Seriously, and that’s saying something. The downfall is that they are making me very poor, because I want to buy ALL THE BOOKS!

I also really like to run to podcasts, because why not, so I started listening to the new Get Booked podcast. This podcast allows listener submissions and is super awesome. One of the most recent podcasts is about the romance genre and specifically the different kinds of erotica/romance that people were looking for in their reading.

I loved this specific podcast, less because of the book suggestions and more because of women talking openly about sex without shame or cowardice. It was just women having an open conversation about something totally normal and enjoyable. I was taken with how normal the entire conversation was, and I was so proud to be a woman in a generation attempting to change the way women view and are viewed in regards to behaviors discussed.

I am thankful for the women who are pioneering this openness in such a beautiful and fun way. I enjoyed finding something mainstream that didn’t make me feel guilty to listen to or upset about the content. So thanks Get Booked, I am super appreciative of your openness in discussion and recommendations.

Are you a podcast listener?

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Podcasts, and other things that spend all my money

I love Bookriot’s podcasts. Like I might be an addict. You can get your hit here.

I originally started down the rabbit hole of podcasts a few months ago because my kids go to daycares on different sides of the city. Long story, it’s ridiculous, don’t ask.

Anywhoo, I originally started out with All the Books a podcast about new books that week by two kick ass reader chicks. I have yet to read anything I don’t like. Seriously, and that’s saying something. The downfall is that they are making me very poor, because I want to buy ALL THE BOOKS!

I also really like to run to podcasts, because why not, so I started listening to the new Get Booked podcast. This podcast allows listener submissions and is super awesome. One of the most recent podcasts is about the romance genre and specifically the different kinds of erotica/romance that people were looking for in their reading.

I loved this specific podcast, less because of the book suggestions and more because of women talking openly about sex without shame or cowardice. It was just women having an open conversation about something totally normal and enjoyable. I was taken with how normal the entire conversation was, and I was so proud to be a woman in a generation attempting to change the way women view and are viewed in regards to behaviors discussed.

I am thankful for the women who are pioneering this openness in such a beautiful and fun way. I enjoyed finding something mainstream that didn’t make me feel guilty to listen to or upset about the content. So thanks Get Booked, I am super appreciative of your openness in discussion and recommendations.

Are you a podcast listener?

Writing Club Day 1: Write about all the sounds

Click click click.

And not the cute click, clack moo cows that type, clicking. Just incessant, reoccuring clickerverse. I try not to be a judge of other’s computer usage but this young lady and I are going to go rounds right here in this library. Seriously, I could be looking at a collection of Channing Tatum photographs and not click nearly as much as she is or an attempt to win the lottery by continuing to submit some sort of sweet action Publisher’s Clearing House type activity.

This evening’s meeting has become a sort of callous serendipty in which I am directed to write about the sounds I hear for the next hour. All I can think about is what would happen if I did that in my classroom.

Seriously though, can you imagine sitting and listening to a classroom and documenting all the things you hear? I for one, would be unemployed. Less because of what they are saying and more because of my response to it. I’m basically a part of the bat species, I hear too much already.

I blame debate. I can look at one person and listen directly to what they are saying and snarl at a kid in the corner for using a curse word under his breath, while simultaneously responding to the person I am talking to. I’d like to think this is a skill, but quite frankly, I’d like to turn a deaf ear like my husband, deployments to Iraq will do that to a guy.

But I CAN NOT. I hear all the things.

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

My latest read is truly indescribable. I found out about it through the All the Books podcast by Bookriot. 

The genre is listed as Horror Fantasy, and as I read the first few pages I knew it would be different from what I was traditionally reading. There are both an internal and external storyline with interludes in the midst to connect the pieces.

I’ve had a hard time articulating why this book is so unique to everyone I’ve talked to. It’s like an apprenticeship on mortality crack. One of the common things that occurs is both death and resurrection in order to teach lessons. And although there are some real whackadoodle things that happen, the wierdest is probably the variety of ways people die and that throughout the deaths, you sort of get it. You don’t necessarily support it but you get it.

This text is so different from everything I’ve ever read. It is unique and interesting and kind of unfathomable. It’s got interesting stories and jumps time periods in a way that makes sense. Carolyn the main character begins by committing a murder and then following it up by picking up a man in a bar. If this idea bothers you, this book is not for you.

Have you read this? Or anything else in this genre?

The Comparison Trap

Why do we spend so much time trying to be like everyone else?

My 2 year old is trying to act like my 7 year old and vice versa. On the other hand, I am trying to act like a person with their shit together, and that isn’t getting me any closer either. The real question is why? Why do I think some else can do my life better than me? It isn’t possible, this is it. My one chance, so why spend it trying to morph into someone else?

I’ve been watching all my digital TPT friends, they all know each other and are social media gurus, but quite frankly I am overwhelmed. In some ways it’s like high school and I want to be in with the cool kids but have no idea how to be cool. I know it’s stupid, but I keep comparing their beautiful websites, and their #teacherspayteachers stuff and I just don’t feel like I can compete. However, I am taking it one day at a time. I am working on blogging more often and as I create things for my classroom, I will work on posting things to a TPT site. But, if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen and my life will go on, I have a zillion other things kickin’ my butt and adding one may not work, and that is FINE. I don’t have to be like anyone else. I can be me and still be FABULOUS.

Summer Reading: The Book Whisperer

I loved this text. I had several friends who read this for a class and said it was something to pick up.

It was so affirming. I loved that she believed and shows her belief in books throughout the text. She doesn’t talk about things you can’t attain, but merely that texts have power and we should be both readers and encouragers in the process of teaching English or any other subject.

Take Aways

Teachers must have books and recommendations.

Teachers must show students that they are readers and expect students to follow that example.

Students should be allowed to give up on texts, and reading should be a joy. If they don’t finish, no big deal. We don’t have to test on texts or make sure they grasped each minute detail, it makes us crazy as teachers and contributes to hate toward reading.

It really gave me a great take away about the whole class novel. I don’t much mind whole class novels, but I hadn’t thought about them as possibilities for read-alouds which are something I was looking to do anyway. I think I am going to do at least one of our two Touchstone pieces as a read aloud and I am anxious to see what the becomes in someplace other than my mind!

10 things I’d rather do than go to the dentist.

In no particular order:
1. Be impaled by an Orc and his sword, and as I am dying have big slimy Orc drool drip on to my face.
2. Sit in a meeting with no agenda, but a stern explanation that the meeting is essential.
3. Have my toenails ripped out with pliers.
4. Listen to people sing off key the wrong words to a favorite song.
5. Run out of books.
6. Crab walk a marathon.
7. Use bubble wrap as toilet paper.
8. Be married to Mildred from Fahrenheit 451.
9. Live between the Duggars and Westboro Baptist church.
10. Go to the gynocologist.