Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Two Links

My essay about taking Andrew on college tours in online at

My story about the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad is also available online with some great photos at

Monday, December 03, 2007

Each year my reading list gets a little shorter. It never does truly reflect the amount of reading I do in a year. Each night, seven days a week, Garrett and I read from a chapter book. This year we have worked our way through most of the Judy Blume book (the Fudge books are our favorites) and Beverly Cleary (Ramona is great, but Socks is a special treat). We have finished all of the Magic Treehouse and Judy Moody books currently in print.

Of the following list, my top five for 2007 would be:
The Road
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (of course)
The Dead Fathers Club
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
The History of Love

Not to be missed are the short story collections:
Interpreter of Maladies and 20th Century Ghosts

Still to be read is Richard Russo's new book. I think I am 157 on the library waiting list.

2007 Reading List
Old School by Tobias Wolff
One More Day by Mitch Albom
Ice Storm by Rick Moody
Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst
Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
Uses of Enchantment by Heidi Julavits
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
All Saints by Liam Callanan
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Dead Father’s Club by Matt Haig
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff
Grayson by Lynn Cox
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum
Grass Angel by Julie Schumacher
Warm Springs by Susan Shreve
Kiss Me Tomorrow by Susan Shreve
Stealing Buddha’s Dinner
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
The Last Family in England by Matt Haig
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs
Eat Love Pray
The History of Love
Julie/Julia by Julie Powell
The Keep by Jennifer Egan
The Intrepreter of Maladies
Scout’s Honor
Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Pleasing the Ghost by Sharon Creech
Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood
20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill

All Stars

Registration: $30
Hooded All Star Sweatshirt She Had to Have: $30
All Star Soccer Ball She Had to Have: $20
Getting up for an 8:30 game in 30-degree weather: Don't ask
Watching your daughter play in her first all-star soccer tournament: Priceless