Summer of 2022 & Reading Plans

My summer is over, friends. And it’s okay. It’s been a wonderful summer, it has truly surpassed all my expectations. Since I start at a new school, this Monday we will have a newly hired week training session, followed by two weeks of regional and campus training to prepare for the students arrival on August…

Homage to Ishiguro, #just.ordered.the.missing.titles

KAZUO ISHIGURO, AMAZON LINK TO HIS BOOKS Publication Order of Standalone NovelsA Pale View of Hills (1982) 1xAn Artist of the Floating World (1986) 1xThe Remains of the Day (1989) 2xThe Unconsoled (1995) 1xWhen We Were Orphans (2000) 1xNever Let Me Go (2005) 2xThe Buried Giant (2015) 2xKlara and the Sun (2021) 1xPublication Order of…

Summertime 2022, you are a keeper! +rabbit trail of how I finally started reading Watership Down

Isn’t this image pretty? And the textblock is beautifully colored, characteristic of the Avon books edition, a blood orange red in this case, matching with the title color… … and can you believe that Watership Down has became a classic -following the 50 year rule- this year? Published in 1972, these are its current stats…

Vida Poética

Inspired by blogger friend Chris at Calmgrove, who also has a second blog, a photo blog, Minutiae, I started Vida Poética (Poetic Life), which will be just images accompanied by tags and categories that would explain what you are seeing -hopefully without imposing on the viewer. I had lost touch with my creative side since…

Classics Club Spin #30, plus bonus ramblings :)

What is the spin? It’s easy. At your blog, before next Sunday 12th June, 2022, create a post that lists twenty books of your choice that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list. When my reader started to get populated with several posts featuring this Classics Club Spin, number 30 already, I knew I had…

2021 Books Read. My Crisis Year

Dear fellow readers, My list of books read in 2020 said it was my ‘come back to blogging’, but obviously it wasn’t. These last two years I went back to teaching full time. In special education. It’s been beyond difficult. I can’t blame it entirely for separating me from books and reading, but it was…

Klara and the Sun

When my friend Kim reminded me of the newest Ishiguro novel, I knew I had to read it, and I’m glad Kim joined too. In the picture I’m featuring the hardcover Knopf American edition, which print font, paper quality, and feel, are a pleasure. The idea of this book started as a children book. It’s…

2020 Books Read and a Come Back to Blogging

2020 BOOKS READ La soledad de los números primos, Paolo Giordano, 2008 ★★✫ I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings, Maya Angelou, 1969 ★★★★ Meditaciones, Marco Aurelio, 180 ★★★★★ Follow Me to Ground, Sue Rainsford, 2018 ★★★ The Unconsoled, Ishiguro, 1995 ★★★★★ When the Emperor Was Divine, Julie Otsuka, 2002 ★★★★ Fake Like Me, Barbara Bourland, 2019 ★★★ Aves sin nido, Clorinda Matto de Turner, 1889 ★★★★ La Iliada, Homero, VIII…

The New World

Conversing with mi amiga Janakay, I was lamenting how much I miss museums, walks in nature, the experience of culture. This lack is not all due to our new world circumstances, it’s been my circumstances for several years now, because of the time in life I’m at, and the place I live at. I’ve mainly…

Kallocain, a timely read

Kallocain was the first of several short books that I intend to read this summer. It was all that the blurb said when it defined it as “written midway between Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four.” Not a demanding read, always interesting, and true to the genre, it elicits lots of thoughts as it explores…

Memorial Day, & Death in Holy Orders

For eight years or longer, we have been attending a Memorial Day ceremony at a nearby park where there is a wall with the names of local soldiers and military men and women who died serving our country. Today, the guest speaker was a local, Colonel Timothy Vail. We were sitting behind his wife, their…

My Friends the Poets

COVID 19 has changed much in the way we relate to each other, don’t you think? We can’t see, hug, or spend time with as many people and friends as we used to earlier in March. My friendship with Sherry hasn’t changed in that regard. I’ve known her for 4+ years, and I’ve never been…