Friday, June 8, 2012

It Would Be, It Would Be So Nice

I'm taking my lead from Betsy Lerner and Teri Carter. Both bloggers I truly admire and adore. If they can take some time off to deal with their lives - children, work, the Queen's jubilee, my two young nieces staying with us for a week, and the summer climbing camp I have to teach at Crossroads - I can do the same.

I have promised an editor that I will have my chapters done by the end of the summer, and there is big news coming from the Lahey front on publication, but in the meantime, there's lots of work to be done.

But before I can begin working on all of that, I have to calculate final grades, write grade reports, and proofread grade reports...

Okay. So the beginning of my summer is deadly dull, but still, it's what I have to get done.

In the meantime, I offer up a post that my friend and colleague Teri Carter inspired a while back. Every writer, every teacher, has a bookcase of books they mean to read. We had piles of books next to the bed, but then I found an extra bookcase around, and created our "we really do mean to read these" bookcase in our bedroom.

I'll show you mine if you show me yours. What do you plan to read over the summer?

P.S. The first photo response is from my former student who will be taking on her first full-time post this fall! I wish I could say I had an entire summer to stress out and read before my first real teaching gig, but I was hired 48 hours before school started, so it was more a trial by fire. Yippee for my student, though, and look what she gets to read! 


  1. I can't show you, but I can tell you. I plan to finish Shelby Foote's The Civil War: A Narrative, which I am about six-sevenths of the way through. After that it's Lincoln's Speeches and Writings 1859-1865, and Sherman's Memoirs.

    I'm not a teacher and I don't get summers off, so I don't know that I'll finish more than the above by September (there are periodicals to keep up with), but following those on the A-List of Must Reads are textbooks of symbolic logic, geometry, and trigonometry, followed by the eight books by Nietzsche that have been in my library unread for too many years. By then it ought to be around time for turkeys or even trees and tinsel. Or groundhogs (I've never studied trigonometry before--how long might it take?).

    1. Oh, Tetman, such heady stuff.

      But I get to prepare to return to Algebra I again this fall. I realized that starting halfway through the year may have been a mistake...wanna study math with me?

  2. "lots of work to be done" seems to be the mantra these days. Have a great summer, Jess. Good luck (to all of us)....

  3. I didn't answer your question ---- I'm (re)reading some William Styron and Margaret Atwood. That's all I'm in the mood for, the comfort of the familiar. This is the first summer I can remember when I have zero interest in any new titles!!

    One day I want to read Middlemarch in the summer. One day.