It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 9/16/19

Oh, that cover! There are a number of cover options for Tanya Huff’s Confederation sci-fi series, and they’re all pretty terrible–though also kind of awesome in that 70s pulp cover way. They look like novels you’d step right past in the supermarket checkout line. Thankfully, I came across the series in a list of recommended…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 9/9/19

On the blog: A quickwrite slice in response to Wislawa Syzmborska’s poem, “Possibilities” In reading: Permanent Rose continues the Casson family saga. This one has plot developments for days, a new character in David, a reformed bully from Indigo’s school, who is the only one to see and help Rose at some key moments when…

Possibilities: A Quickwrite Slice of Life #sol19

Back to school means back to more intentional work in my writer’s notebook. I’ve been sharing two or three different poems a day and writing alongside them with my students. Wislawa Szymborska’s “Possibilities” has been one particularly rich text to write beside. I’ve gotten the seeds for several possible pieces from this poem. But this…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 9/2/19

You’ve got to love a picture book that praises the magic of books and stories, and for me, it’s a bonus that it’s written by a former professional athlete. The story is fairly straightforward: looking into his magic hat, the magician in Malcolm Mitchell’s story is able to find that just right book for every…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 8/26/17 #imwayr

A new Kyo Maclear title is always cause for celebration. Operatic is quiet and delicate but powerful. It’s about all the things you might expect a graphic novel set in middle school to be about–identity, friendship, crushes, bullying. It’s also about opera. Maria Callas, to be exact. Much of the story unfolds in Mr. K’s…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 6/17/19

David Litt’s memoir, Thanks Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years, begins with his work as a campaign worker in Ohio and follows his career as a speechwriter to the President. It’s witty, insightful, self-deprecating, full of interesting information about the Obama White House, and, despite the ups and downs of working for the government,…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 6/10/19

It’s really a miracle that Pete Fromm survived the winter he accepted a job to maintain a salmon breeding pool way off the grid in Idaho. His job takes 0-15 minutes each day (once it’s freezing, he has to clear away ice, and once the salmon hatch, he has to check on them and count…