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text 2018-05-23 02:29
Summer Reading List 2018
Pete Rose: An American Dilemma - Kostya Kennedy
First Love, Last Rites - Ian McEwan
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket - Edgar Allan Poe,Richard Kopley
Leviathan - Scott Westerfeld,Keith Thompson
Three Tall Women - Edward Albee
Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Anne Brontë

I'm well behind pace in my reading this year. I always say I "average" a book a week, for 52 or so books a year, but I usually exceed that by a fair margin. This year, I'm quite slow. Only 16 so far - even though at least two were "doorstops."

 

So two weeks ago, when I realized I hadn't even considered my summer reading list, I was worried. But when I finally sat down to compose it, the list came flowing straight out. Easy-peasy, less than an hour's contemplation, for sure.

 

The fact I've been using the same nine categories for years, I'm sure, helps considerably. Three books for each month of summer. Things that make me happy and better-rounded. Plenty of room left for serendipity and other titles. Here goes:

The list.

 

1. A baseball book - "Pete Rose: An American Dilemma" by Kostya Kennedy. Reading a baseball book - fiction or non-fiction - is a summer tradition. Thanks, Casey Awards for the ready-made list. 

 

2. A Michael Chabon book - "Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces." This was both tough and incredibly easy. I've read all of Chabon's books, except some very hard to get screenplays and graphic novels. Luckily, he has a new book out this month. It's an anthology of his magazine essays, in the mode of "Maps and Legends," but it's better than none!

 

3. An Ian McEwan book - "First Love, Last Rites." I've read all of McEwan's recent stuff, so I have to reach way back into the Ian Macabre phase, which I like less, but it needs to be done. At least there's a new McEwan adaptation coming out in theaters soon.

 

4. A Neglected Classic - "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket," Edgar Allen Poe's only novel. Not one that was really on my radar, but read entry five for more "why." 

 

5. A recent "big" book - "Pym" by Mat Johnson. I have the opportunity to hear Johnson read in June, and I think it's time to read his novel, inspired by Poe's, as listed above. 

 

6. A YA book - "Leviathan" by Scott Westerfeld. A steampunk, World War I revisionist novel? Yes, please. 

 

7. A Play - "Three Tall Women" by Edward Albee. It's in revival on Broadway right now with Laurie Metcalf. You know I won't make it to Manhattan, so I'd better finally read it.

 

8. A Recommendation from a Friend - "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi. My friend, Laura, suggested it. She didn't have to suggest very hard, because I was already meaning to read it. And she loaned me her copy!

 

9. The book I didn't read from last year's list - "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" by Anne Bronte. There's one every year. This year's will probably be the Chabon, just because it's new and might be hard to acquire through library means.

 

Well, that's it. I'll post a list on the booklikes list app. Will you read along with me? What's on your list for Summer '18? 

 

-cg

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text 2018-05-14 08:46
Blog Tour - Pete & Daisy

 

 

 

Pete & Daisy
by Tani Hanes
Genre: NA Romance

 

Release date: May 14th 2018

 

 

Summary:

 

He needs a place to live, she needs a baby daddy.

 

Pietro Santangelo and Marguerite White are students at prestigious Columbia University in New York City. She is a fun-loving, free spirit who finds herself in a bit of a familial bind, he is an exchange student with a chronic case of poverty. They concoct a plan that they think will work, not realizing how much changes with two simple words

 

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Pete merely looked at her and opened a box of books. He took some out and began placing them on the shelves, bending and stretching at his task. He had a nice back, broad shoulders and muscles that could be seen clearly under his light blue T-shirt.

 

Daisy watched for a minute, fascinated.

 

"Like what you see?" he asked without turning around.


She jumped at the sound of his voice. "Well, you're the only thing in the room that's moving, you know?" she said by way of explanation.

 

He turned around to look at her, books in either hand, a small grin on his face. "Of course, what was I thinking?" he asked rhetorically. "And look. We're both adults here, hm?" He looked carefully at her. "The couch we just brought up here cost fifty dollars at the second-hand store, and has to be at least thirty years old. I don't want to sleep on it, and I don't think you're going to want to sleep on it, either."

 

She shook her head.

 

"So the bed is nice and big," he continued. "I think we can manage, don't you? We can share the bed." He watched her for her reaction. "I give you my word this is not going to be a problem for me. At all. Is this going to be a problem for you?"


She looked at him. "Really? At all?" She recovered from the unintentional meaning of his words quickly. "No, it won't be a problem for me, either," she said firmly. "We can share the bed."

 

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Shopping Together


They ended up taking the subway; Daisy could tell that traffic in midtown and lower
Manhattan would be a mess because of the weather. They emerged from the station to gray skies and trash blowing across the sidewalks. It was a relief to duck into the store and remove their layers of clothing.


She looked through the various departments, asking Pete's opinion on just about
everything. She wasn't pregnant enough for full on maternity wear, so instead she picked out pants with elastic waists and loose, flowing shirts with lots of material.

 

Pete enjoyed watching her emerge from the fitting rooms in the various clothes. He was
supposed to look at her, after all, she needed his opinion.

 

She came out once wearing outrageous stretch pants with a colorful pattern of tulips
dancing around on a purple background. She turned around while smoothing them over her hips, looking at her reflection in the mirror, asking, "What do you think? Do they make my ass look huge?"


As Pete looked at the body part in question, silently telling himself that in those pants her
bottom looked like a bit of flowery perfection, she answered her own question, muttering,

 

"Who am I kidding? My ass looked huge before, looks like a fucking bus now."
She looked up at him in the mirror. "Well? Too much? I should be trying to find pants that
don't draw attention to that particular part of my body, huh?"

 

He dragged his eyes away from her delectable posterior, forcing himself to look at her
face as she chewed her lip, waiting for his opinion.

 

"What? No, definitely not," he replied decisively. "They look absolutely lovely on you.
Very cheerful, especially on a nasty day like today. They're like a little bit of springtime."

He grinned at her. "In fact, I'd say you need these pants--no, we need these pants in our lives."

 

He stepped closer to her and put his hands on her hips, giving her a little shake, looking
down at her upturned face. "Let me buy these pants for you, hm?" he asked softly.

 

"What?" She stepped away. "No, absolutely not. You don't need to be buying my clothes
for me."

 

"Please, Daisy," he begged. "It would make me so happy."

 

She looked at him, trying to figure out whether or not he was kidding.

 

He looked completely serious.


When they got to the register, he pulled the pants out of the pile of clothes she was
buying and stepped to the next register to pay for them, grinning happily at her. She shook her head at him.

 

 

 

 

About the Author:

 

My name is Tani Hanes, and I am a 51 year old substitute teacher. I'm from central California and am a recent transplant to New York City. The most important things to know about me are that I'm punctual, I love grammar and sushi, and I'm very intolerant of intolerance. The least important things to know about me are that I like to knit and I couldn't spell "acoustic" for 40 years. I've wanted to write since I was ten, and I finally did it. If you want to write, don't wait as long as I did, it's pointless, and very frustrating!

 

Author Links:


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review 2018-02-27 04:38
I Love My White Shoes
Pete The Cat: I Love My White Shoes - Eric Litwin,James Dean

In this book, Pete steps in large piles of numerous things that turn his white shoes different colors. Pete does not get upset; he just continue walking and loving the new color of his shoes. My student will have a print out of a cat wearing shoes and they will color the shoes the color of their shoes. I will attach a picture of them to the tail of each cat and will hang the activity on the class bulletin board. 

 

Reading Level: Lexile AD460L

 

Grade Level: K-2

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review 2018-02-27 03:34
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Pete The Cat: I Love My White Shoes - Eric Litwin,James Dean

This story of Pete the Cat is about how he doesn't cry, goodness no, even when he steps in all kinds of dirty colorful things in his white shoes. This is an easy read with a catchy tune that young readers enjoy reading and singing along with. One activity that I would do with this book would be to have the students color a shoe, say what it was that they stepped in, and then we would add that verse to the song.

 

Lexile Measure: AD240L

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review 2018-02-27 03:20
Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes
Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes - Eric Litwin,James Dean

This is a great story about how Pete the Cat goes to school and does everything in his school shoes. One thing that I really like about this book is that it tries to get you to guess where Pete the Cat is going next. It gives you hints and clues before telling you what Pete the Cat is doing in his school shoes. I would use this book in my classroom to teach the students about making inferences. We could also spark their creativity by getting them to add a verse of their own to the story.

 

Lexile Measure: AD430L

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