Eric finished his first year of teaching, and I finished my first semester. Insanely, it feels unsettling to me, but I think I was learning a lot and feeling more myself in the classroom when the year abruptly ended.
This is kind of boring, but here's my summer reading list. I figure I need a place to record this so I can actually try to read what's on my list and not forget about it. I get distracted easily by eye-catching covers at the library.
In no particular order:
Picasso's War- Russell Martin
The Odyssey- Homer
My students from this Spring are going to be ashamed of me for not having read this before. But my freshmen in the Fall won't know the difference when I teach it to them. Can you believe I made it through all of my higher education without reading it? Or that I never had enough personal interest to read it myself?
Shopping For God: How Christianity Went From in Your Heart to in Your Face- James B. Twitchell
Still reconciling my many feelings about Christianity, religion, spirituality. The branding of faith has always made me queasy. I wanted to read this last summer but didn't get around to it.
Grendel- John Gardner and Beowulf- Anonymous
Also for the 9th graders. Also never read them before. I'm ashamed.
The Last Happy Occasion- Alan Shapiro
Hoping that to re-read this will be to stimulate my writing. We'll see.
When Kids Can't Read- Kylene Beers
Any volume of poetry that excites me. It's been too long.
Anyone have something to thrust into my hands as a must-read? I'll add them to the list. And maybe since it's summer I'll blog more. Or maybe I'll have nothing to say.
Update: I forgot America America by Ethan Canin. I loved Of Kings and Planets.