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Sunday Salon: September 2, 2018

My life in books: 
I had to go 3 weeks to post this due to a trip to NY (see below)
  • You're Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner--Excellent ALA Award winner
  • DNF: Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear (I started this book in my first week back to work so perhaps that's not fair, but after 5 days I just couldn't do it)
  • Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz--Really good YA historical fiction
  • DNF: The Lottery's Plus One by Emma Donoghue. I was really looking forward to this one since Sue at Book by Book recommended it, but it just didn't work for me. I appreciate the diversity and alternative lifestyle chosen by the family, but I couldn't get into it. 
  • The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas--YA mystery
  • Puddin' by Julie Murphy--wonderful YA

Challenges progress:
  • Big Book Summer Challenge--I read 5 books longer than 400 pages this summer. 
  • Non-fiction--My goal is 20 books and I've read 36! 
  • Literary Voyage around the world--Read books set in as many countries as possible. I have read in 33 countries so far, and in the past two weeks added ... none.
  • Literary Escapes--Track the US states. I have read books set in 27 states so far and in the past weeks added Colorado. 
  • Read all of the ALA YA Award Winners--I have already read 7 of these winners.
  • Motif Reading Challenge--The August is Award Winners so I counted Stephen King's The Outsider.
My life outside books:
Our first two weeks back to work were CRAZY and exhausting. iPad distribution to over 10,000 students (most of whom don't remember their passwords) was a bit much. But, I hope after one more intense week things will calm down a bit as we all get in the rhythm of school again.


Two Saturdays ago my daughter and I flew to New York and on Sundy we shopped for dorm stuff for hours. In the heat (94 degrees). And the humidity. Boy am I glad I live in So Cal on the coast! On Monday we moved her into her new home as a freshman at Vassar College. Wow! Big changes, but I am so excited for her and she is more than ready both personally and academically.


I watched the movie "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society," which I didn't like as a book. Obviously, I didn't read enough of it as I really enjoyed the movie. I also watched the mini-series (3 episodes) of "A Very English Scandal" about a British Member of Parliament who is tried for conspiracy to murder his ex-lover. It's a true story from the 1970s and, though it feels like a farce, is totally true!

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