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Sunday Salon: October 14, 2018

My life in books: 


  • Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton with Erin Torneo
    --exceptional adult non-fiction
  • Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake--important YA about sexual assault
    Challenges progress:
    • Big Book Summer Challenge (complete)--I read 5 books longer than 400 pages this summer. This challenge is now done since summer has ended.
    • Non-fiction (complete)--My goal is 20 books and I've read 38! 
    • Literary Voyage around the world--Read books set in as many countries as possible. I have read in 37 countries so far, and in the past two weeks added Canada.
    • Literary Escapes--Track the US states. I have read books set in 30 states so far and in the past two weeks added none.
    • Read all of the ALA YA Award Winners (complete)--I have already read all of the winners!
    • Motif Reading Challenge--The October is New (2018) or Old (a classic) so I chose Bess and Frima (2018) by Alice Rosenthal.
    My life outside books:
    I have been writing a ton of curriculum over the past couple of weeks. There is a federal law called the FAIR Act, which says 8th and 11th grade social studies classes must cover the history of LGBTQ+ and people with disabilities. Our teachers need some pushing on this so I am writing lessons for them. I love creating lessons!

    My daughter came home rom Vassar for her October break a couple days ago and it is so wonderful to see her! She is here for a week, but is already gone down to LA to visit high school friends. I am taking a couple half days so we can hang out.

    She has made a list of "must see" movies so her first two nights home we watched "All the President's Men" and Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds". Both super good, but in very different ways!

    I like that fall TV has started up again. I am watching ...

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