Sunday, August 20, 2017

Back to School: Open for Business (Wow!) and What I Read (Nothing)




Back to School

I remember a long time ago, when my sons were in school, I was talking to a teacher at the high school in our town. It was summer and the high school campus was silent. The teacher said to me, "I love summer. I get so much done without all those students here."

But that's the point, isn't it? The students.


That's the point for me. And this week they returned. Our teachers turned on the shine, big, and the students came in droves for Meet the Teacher Night on Tuesday and the First Day of School on Thursday. Our school is thrilled to be Open for Business again.

What I Finished This Week

The downside of Back to School is my reading. I read a Book-a-Day this summer, easily. Last week I finished nothing. I'm a bit sad about that. But I know my reading will pick up in a few weeks.

The Call for Cybils Judges

The call will go out Monday, August 21, at 9:30 am PDT. The volunteer application will be open until September 11. If you love children's books or YA books, and you love to write about the books you read on your blog, we'd love to have you on our Cybils team. I've been a judge for the last ten years and I must say that the reading is huge, daunting at times. But every year I am thrilled to find so many exemplary books that the decision about which is best is incredibly difficult. I hope you will apply. Keep watching here.

What Arrived in the Mail and What I'm Reading Now



I plan to finish and review most of these this afternoon.





What are you reading today?






What is the Sunday SalonImagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week. 
 It is now being hosted here.

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is now being hosted at The Book Date.

26 comments:

  1. Whoa. No books?!? That's something for you. But understandable with beginning of school... And it looks like you'll be back in full swing this afternoon. Have fun!

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  2. Thrive looks good...and so do those students! Enjoy! Thanks for visiting my blog, and I agree that the kids are the point.

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  3. Summer has gone by too fast. The good thing is books are patient and will wait for us :)
    Thank you for visiting my blog today.

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  4. If you plan on finishing all of those this afternoon, does that imply you started all of them this week? Hardly a "poor" reading week!

    And yes, I sometimes think about how much work I get done without students around, but...clearly not a good long term situation!

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  5. Great set of books you got here! The Glass Town Game looks the most interesting!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays!

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  6. Cybils Judges! Totally going to apply. I really do hope I make it in. Have a great week! Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  7. Sometimes things take precedence over books. But hope you can squeeze a good read this week. :) ~Aleen

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  8. My reading is going to slow down a bit next week, too. Forest World looks interesting. I'm going to have to pick that one up.

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  9. I'm curious about Thrive. Hope it's a good one.

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  10. A lot of books here that are new to me, but they all look interesting. I hope you enjoy them.

    My It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post.

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  11. The beginning of the school year is such an exciting time. I've heard good things about The Physics of Everyday Things.

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  12. It's such a busy time of year and always took me a bit to get into a groove before I could find space for reading. Hope you have a great year!

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  13. Drat on the no books, but you have the Cybils coming up and once the school year settles in, you'll be back to reading.

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  14. I could never understand teachers who said they got lots done without the students. Most everything I did really needed students to get done. Have a wonderful new school year. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  15. Enjoy the books! And I hope the first weeks of school go well.

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  16. This is my last completely free week this summer and I'm definitely sad about that. Glad your school year is off to a good start and surely the lull in reading will soon be over.

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  17. It's really easy to get overwhelmed during the first week of school. I used to talk about girding my loins psychologically! And yet, once I was there with all those students, it ended up being a kind of celebrations.

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  18. Wow, it seems that a lot of schools in the States start back in August ( or even July!!), schools here are all out until September, still a few more weeks to go. :)

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  19. ENJOY...have a wonderful school year!!

    Our local kids start on Wednesday, August 24. When I was teaching, I remember we went back for the new year as early as August 20 one year. TOO hot, but we made it.

    I like the looks of THE GLASS TOWN GAME.

    Have a great week.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

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  20. It is lovely that you are happy to have school start. The students look sweet and happy too! Planning to finish six in one day? How do you manage that? I like the variety and the covers. Happy Reading!

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  21. Look at those smiling faces! I was always a huge lover of school as a kid -- I enjoyed summer but couldn't wait to start back (AND go back-to-school shopping). Hope you have a fabulous start to the schoolyear!

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  22. Smiles on the kids at school is the best sight. My daughter is anxious for first grade

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  23. Ahh... Just look at those faces; too cute!

    I'm sure your reading will pick back up once you get back in to the swing of things.

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  24. I'm excited for CYBils. Will definitely see if I can be a judge again!

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  25. Reading for Cybils is tempting, I'll have to look into it. Thank you for the heads-up

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  26. Hope that you can find time to squeeze in a book or two. Hope you have a great week! ~Aleen

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