Aaaah…it’s Saturday — that magical day that doesn’t hold the foreboding of Monday or the road rage of…every other day. Given the choice to do whatever I wanted for the rest of my life (if there weren’t other humans to feed or chauffeur or to help maintain their social existence), I would choose to lie sloth-like on my L-shaped couch while reading book after book, only stopping to get up for a fresh bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios at four-hour intervals.
Alas, I do have responsibilities to fulfill, and as a teacher, any “free time” during the school year is alotted towards lesson planning and laminating. (Although, I do get to read my fair share of interesting emails from parents and administration, but I can’t tell you about them, because confidentiality, yada yada, and fear of getting sued, blah blah.)
But, there are some good ones.
Anyway, during the summer, I take full advantage of my reading time. The house that I couldn’t clean properly during the school year because of work, becomes the house that should be condemned during the summer months because I am buried in books.
The following is a roundup of this week’s literary delicacies. Please note, I will never post negative reviews (because what goes around may come around one day to bite me with its razor-sharp teeth), and I give each book about fifty pages to either draw me in or beg for me to slam it shut.
Therefore, if I finished the book, I liked the book. Here we go:
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This Week’s Pick
The Way Men Act, by Elinor Lipman
For Readers: Publisher’s Weekly says: [THE WAY MEN ACT] follows the untriumphant return of 30-year-old Melinda LeBlanc to her recently gentrified hometown of Harrow, Mass., after a decade of unfocused living in California. Moved in to the third floor of her mother’s house, working as a designer at the Forget-Me-Not florist shop owned by her cousin, Melinda wonders why her former high school classmates are married while she–“ever-popular . . . a good dancer and a fun date”–is not.
This is an older one from Lipman, but definitely worth the time with its layers of quirky characters, settings and situations. Complications between Melinda and virtually every other character in the book commence, and Melinda must navigate a world where she not only gives, but receives, whimsical counsel. This book is funny!
For Writers: Lipman writes with intelligence and great pacing. Recently deemed the “Queen of Interesting, Witty and LOL Dialogue” (by me), I curtsy before all of her books. Truly, for me, she is a can’t miss. Dialogue that flows easily while moving the story forward is tough to master – reading Lipman’s works can help.
Other Books Read This Week: The Seventh Wish, by Kate Messner (MG Fiction) – Irish dancing, a fish that grants wishes, and a sibling’s drug addiction equal an unusual combination of ideas in a kidlit book, but it all works in this story. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (YA Fiction) – A dystopian novel where teenage “Tributes” are forced by the government to fight to the death. Full disclosure: I’ve read this book about 10 times already (and you may have, too).
Currently Reading… Stalking Susan by Julie Kramer. The cover’s design reminds me of an angry wasp (which gives me slight anxiety), so we’ll see how this one goes.
Happy Saturday, friends – hope you all have a moment to relax with a great book in your terrifying, sloth-like claws. You deserve it!
Read anything great lately? Do you have a book you would like me to spotlight for Book-Sloth Saturday? In your opinion, are sloths adorably cute and docile creatures, or oddlings that haunt your very nightmares with their human yet alien-like qualities? Please share in the comments!
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