FINALLY!

May. 20th, 2009 11:20 am
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The last exam! Finally! We've got ten more days to go, but this feels like the end. It is the true end to my first year teaching. After this, it's just ten days of team teaching small TAKS classes. No more lesson planning or grading until August!

Explanation of the Ten Days The article's pretty negative, but it's all I can find.

This is the first week since I got this job that I have been able to read for fun. Last week, I made a list of books that I would like to read (or re-read) over the summer break. Yesterday, I went ahead and dived headlong into it. Since there is no guarantee of free time during these next two weeks, I decided to start with a re-read rather than starting a new book that end up being delayed.

Just for my own reference, I'm posting my summer reading list below. Most of these books were gifts that I have not yet had the time to tackle. I have bolded the books that are completely new to me, and I may come back and add as I think of new additions.

The Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien)
The Harry Potter Series (J.K. Rowling)
The Once and Future King (T.H. White)
John Adams (David McCollough)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) + the rest of the series
Ladies of Liberty (Cokie Roberts)
Lion Among Men (Gregory Maguire)
Catch 22 (Joseph Heller)
River of Doubt (Candice Millard)
The Keep (F. Paul Wilson) + every book in this series
A Revolution in Eating (James McWilliams)
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
The Hobbit (JRR Tolkien)
Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
Little Dorrit (Charles Dickens)

+ Fred's sci-fi box (I have no idea what's in this box, but when my father-in-law heard that I like science fiction, he handed me this gigantic box of his favorites. I have only read a few of its books so far, and they have all been excellent, so I think it's time to finish this up.)

I think that should do it for now.
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