A Mad, Wicked Folly is on my phone, and thus the one I’m carrying around with me. (True story: I have a repetitive stress injury in my shoulder from check-in/check-out at a very unergonomic desk set-up and a mouse I can’t reach. Carrying books around is painful.)
It’s… It’s interesting. I think I’ll save my thoughts for a proper response. We haven’t had a My Thoughts On… in a bit.
On my desk at work, I’ve still got So Yesterday left to finish. It’s quite the nostalgia bomb, first published ten years ago, and I read it maybe eight or nine years ago, when I was in eleventh grade. I wonder how the story would have to change if it took place in 2014 instead of 2004? I’ve been thinking about that a lot as I read.
What did you recently finish reading?
An elementary student borrowed The Hunger Games with her mum but returned it to my check-in box, which means it ended up on my desk to be dropped off in the secondary library. I just held onto it for a few days in between and reread it in a binge. It’s so disturbing, but also so compulsively readable. I made the mistake of reading the first few pages, and that was it.
I also finished reading The Tastemakers, which was the book on my phone. I liked it! I guess I never thought too hard about food trends before, because I’m neither a foodie nor a trend…y?, but I think that’s the best kind of popular nonfiction, a book that illuminates, in a readable way, something you didn’t know about – maybe something you didn’t even know you didn’t know about.
What do you think you’ll read next?
I try to encourage a community of readers in my library, and that means my students give me recommendations, too, reader-to-reader. I don’t just suggest books from on high. Today I told them I have another ten books to go if I want to reach my goal of 100 books in 2014, so they made a pile of their favorites for me to read: The Problem With Being Slightly Heroic (sequel to The Grand Plan to Fix Everything), Absolutely Almost, and Inside Out & Back Again. I don’t know if I’ll get a chance to read all three before the week is out, but I can borrow them over the holiday and give my eyes a break from squinting at my phone screen all day.