So, what did I do in October? Well, I participated in the 24-Hour Read-a-thon for the second time and was fairly happy with the reading I did. I also felt that it helped me connect to the book blogging community more than I have in the past. I also made it a goal to comment more on the blogs I follow, which is something I am always working on, as well as searching for new bloggers that catch my interest. I added quite a few to my blogroll and while it is becoming a lot of posts to read each day, I love all the bookish posts.
I also read a great number of books! Here are the titles I completed:
- Villette by Charlotte Bronte
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
- The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
- A Separate Peace by John Knowles
- Bleak House by Charles Dickens
- Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
I just decided to go back and revisit some of my childhood favorites as a way to relax during this coming month. I made a nice big list, but I'm not sure how many I'll get through by the end of November. I'm already feeling a pull to a couple titles off my classic list, so this little diversion might not even last that long.
I am also making plans to tackle one of the scariest books on my list in December. Rebecca is taking on War and Peace by the one and only Tolstoy, and I think I am going to read it with her, after I get a copy of course.
But nothing tops what happened this week, and why I have been a little absent.
I interviewed for a long-term sub job at a high school in my home town on Thursday morning. Friday afternoon I accepted a job subbing for the teaching who is going on maternity leave. :) I'll be working and teaching for at least 12 weeks in January. I get to do my own lesson plans and have a classroom of my own for awhile. :)
I was jumping for joy when I got the call. This is an excellent opportunity to get some more experience for the resume in a great school district.
I'm going to be teaching a combination of English and history. I already know that besides teaching a research paper, I'll also be teaching The Crucible and Of Mice and Men.
I am really, really excited. :)
This is probably going to mean less reading time during those weeks, but it will be well worth it.
Anyway, I am going to go edit some more posts and finish A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Happy Reading everyone!