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Sunday Salon: January 28, 2018

My life in books:
My reading the past two weeks has been dominated by non-fiction because I am still reading the junior high and senior high non-fiction finalists for the CYBILS. The judges will chat next week to determine the winner(s). I am not allowed to post any reviews until the winners are announced, but I'm listing the books here.

Junior High non-fiction finalists that I read in the past two weeks:
  • Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions, and Murderous Medicines by Sarah Albee
  • Locked Up for Freedom: Civil Rights Protestors at the Leesburg Stockade by Heather E. Schwartz
High School non-fiction finalists that I read in the past two weeks:
  • How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoir of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana
  • Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II  by Albert Marrin
  • Alice Paul and the Fight for Women's Rights by Deborah Kops
  • Vincent and Theo: the Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman
  • Fiction I am currently reading--Disappeared by Francisco X. Stork
  • Books I am currently reading for work book discussions: The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation by Elena Aguilar and Blended Learning in Action: A Practical Guide to Sustainable Change by Catlin R. Tucker
Challenges progress:
  • Non-fiction--My goal is 20 books and I've read 14. Thank you CYBILS!
  • Literary Voyage around the world--The idea was to read books set in as many countries as possible. I have read in four countries so far, adding the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi in the past two weeks.
  • Literary Escapes--Similar to the previous challenge, this one tracks the US states. I have read books set in 7 states so far and in the past two weeks added: CA, NY, MS, GA.
  • Read all of the ALA YA Award Winners--these haven't been announced yet.
My life outside books:
I feel like I am slowly getting back to full speed at work. When I am in meetings I am fine and totally functional, but when I am on my own I feel unfocused. It helped to write a list of all the things I need to do for work and now I just have to start doing them.

Clean up continues in our area, the mud, boulders, and debris take a long time to clear away. About a week ago they found another body, but they are also still searching for the final two missing people.  It is just heartbreaking. We now have power, internet/TV, gas, and water. But, the water isn't potable and they have been super chlorinating it the past two weeks so we can't shower, wash dishes in it, etc. We are going through A LOT of bottled water!

Fun fact: they are estimating that one of the boulders that came down in the mudslides weighs 520 tons. That is over one million pounds, people!

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