Friday, April 20, 2007

TGIF never sounded so good...

It's been a breakneck week, poppets. Today was the awards banquet where I actually received my $1000 scholarship (the last one was a pre-award, so to speak). My mom surprised me with congratulatory flowers at my office, and we went on to the luncheon from there. It was fun having her along to make things a little more....spirited? Yes, that. She broke up the academic monotony.

My day would've gone smoother, but I had a bit of a hangover for my luncheon today.

I'm feverishly trying to finish the thesis. I'm happy to say, 3 chapters down, one (short one) to go. I'm ready to get the hell outta here.

I haven't posted about my reading lately because there hasn't been much reading-by-choice going on. I'm reading mostly for assignments and the Children's Lit class I'm team teaching. We've had some good books lately, though:

Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt
Parvana's Journey, by Deborah Ellis
The Giver, by Lois Lowry
Skellig, by David Almond (I'm teaching it all by my lonesome week after next)

....two weeks to go and then I'll be reading whatever I want. High on the want-to-read list:

finish Blue Angel, by Francine Prose
Specimen Days, by Michael Cunningham
Only Revolutions, by Mark Danielewski
The Brooklyn Follies, by Paul Auster

...and about 200 more. But who's counting?

14 comments:

  1. I keep on meaning to read Skellig one of these days, I've heard nothing but great things about it (from young and old).

    Woohoo for scholarships and nearly completed thesis!

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  2. Congrats again on the big money. And I know how you feel about the books. They just keep stacking up, but I love it.

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  3. Imani, you should definitely bump Skellig up on your list. It's a really quick read and quite lovely. It's one of the more complicated children's novels I've read in a while. Not sure how my class will react to it.

    Nik, thanks!! I love it too. But all the options of reading material sometimes paralyze me!

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  4. Woo hoo, you are getting *so close*! Maybe I'll read the Brooklyn Follies the same time you do...I did end up returning my last Auster to the library unread (sad).

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  5. Awww, Courtney. You know it breaks my heart that your Auster went unread. But, I'll give you the heads up when I re-start The Brooklyn Follies. I'd love to do a buddy read with ya.

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  6. I've finally got a copy of The Brooklyn Follies on the way from PBS. Squeee! Congrats on getting that money. :)

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  7. Yayyyy, BF!!! I hope you like it. And thanks for the congrats! Gotta call the scholarship office on Monday and get the $$$ rollin'.

    Andi

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  8. the good girl4/22/2007 12:49 PM

    I have read both The Giver and Skellig, both for school. I remember Skellig as being good, but also remember thinking that it would have worked better as a book written about a child, but for adults, if you see what I mean. I might revisit it, though, as I was quite the precocious 11 year old at the time. The Giver I also liked. My class was split about the slightly ambiguous ending. I prefer the more positive interpretation, although the majority leaned towards the protagonist (can't remember his name) dying. Did you teach it? Would be interesting to know what an older class thought, as we read that one at 11 or 12 as well. I've also read another of Lowry's books, called Gathering Blue, which was also good, and had the same tone.

    Congrats on the scholarship and thesis. Slightly different situation I know but I've been on the 'pushing for money from school' route for quite a while now. No joy though.

    Woah, long comment.

    GG

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  9. GG, definitely revisit Skellig. I didn't love it the first time I read it, but now I find myself pretty astonished by the amount of complexity and ambiguous nature of it in a book for children.

    As for The Giver, we had a mixed bag of responses to it. Some were too bowled over by the euthanasia to really think it was appropriate for children, some loved it, and the ambiguous ending garnered mixed responses. Many preferred to think it positive, while I've always tended toward the negative. However, Thesis Director told me that in the third book, Messenger, Jonas is indeed mentioned as alive. I haven't read Gathering Blue and Messenger just yet. But I will.

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  10. You know, I don't think I've ever read the The Giver. Maybe I should add it to the list.

    I've always loved Tuck Everlasting. There's something magical about it.

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  11. Congrats on the scholarship.

    Tuck Everlasting is very good. I really liked the latest movie adaptation as well.

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  12. Heatherina, definitely read The Giver. If you don't love it, you'll be like me and love to hate it.

    Carl, I haven't seen the adaptation of Tuck Everlasting. Must get it from Netflix now. :)

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  13. Good luck with wrapping up that thesis and congrats again on the moolah!

    I have several text style books I need to read. My course got cancelled so I have $80 worth of books I might as well give myself a self taught class! =)

    Brooklyn Follies sounds good as does the others on your list....

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  14. Christine, eewww at the ditched class and the $80 of books. I hope it's a topic you enjoy!

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