I'm currently taking a two-week long graduate course called "Teacher as Writer" where we basically show up to class and write from 9-3 every day. We choose our own projects and just write. It is incredibly liberating.
And the best part? No homework. Though since I've decided to bite the bullet and write that novel I've always talked about writing, I'm following the daily word count goals as dictated by NaNoWriMo. So if I don't finish my daily goal by 3:00, I force myself to go home and write more.
Despite my busy week of writing, I did manage to get some reading done but because I'm focusing on this huge project right now, I kind of neglected my blog this week and didn't write any reviews.
Finished last week:
ARC of Blind Spot by Laura Ellen
Wow! What a great mystery! We need more mysteries in YA lit and this one was a total pleasure to read. (And kept me up till 2 a.m. finishing which I NEVER do anymore. I'm so not a night owl. I'm more of a "go to bed at 9:00" kind of person. Review to come soon.
Audiobook of A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
This is one of those books I planned to get around to reading for a long time, but always ended up at the bottom of my TBR pile (like, way at the bottom). But when I found out that Tim Curry was the narrator of the audiobook and that he does a bang-up job, I had to check it out for myself. He does not disappoint and certainly made the story more entertaining than just reading alone.
Picture books I read and loved last week:
Ben's Trumpet by Rachel Isadora
A Leaf Can Be by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Violeta Dabija
The Big Pets by Lane Smith
Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens
Bambino and Mr. Twain by Priscilla Miltbie, illustrated by Daniel Miyares
Free Fall by David Wiesner
Me Want Pet! by Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Bob Shea
Babymouse: Our Hero by Jennifer L. and Matthew Holm
Eat the City by Robin Shulman
I'm only on the first few pages, but I can already tell I'm going to enjoy this food-centric book. If you're interested, I'm currently doing a giveaway for this book that ends July 5th. Thanks to Crown Publishing for my review copy and giveaway copy!
The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
This book is hilarious, made even more so by the brilliant voices and narration of Bronson Pinchot. He definitely gives Jim Dale a run for his money in the voices department.