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New school placement! Very exciting, very different. So many new names to learn!

Naturally, I have caught the latest round of plague. Apparently, new teachers (and teacher trainees) had better just resign themselves to regularly getting sick in the first couple years of practice. I have occupied the weekend in 1) writing mentorship first thing Saturday* 2) laundry and 3) sitting on the couch/in my bed, feeling extremely sorry for myself.

Never mind, self, reading over the past week!

Finished:

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, Catherynne Valente. Deeeeelightful. I particularly like the differences between childish heartlessness and teenage raw hearts, and the ethical quandaries of selfhood and autonomy.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox, Mary E. Pearson. A re-read, as it happens, but this is the novel I am/will be teaching in two classes, much as I taught The Hunger Games in my last placement. I knew my writing would be useful to me as a teacher, but I wasn't quite expecting, "we're going to study future-set YA exploring the ethics of violence, power, humanity and medical advancement! Do you know anything about that, perchance?" It's nice to feel useful.

Dirty Little Secrets, C.J. Omololu. Child of hoarder has managed to conceal the circumstances in which she lives from almost everyone, but when you have a great bestie and a guy who seems to be interested, it's really hard to keep your dirty little secrets from coming to light. Stark and subtle in turns, with some lovely psychological reasoning.

Also, some really great cleaning descriptions for people into that kind of thing, which is definitely me. If you're the sort of person who likes to read UfYH because descriptions of people cleaning their places and restoring order are soothing, I would recommend this book. Or even if you're another sort of person. But if you DO like the cleaning stuff, definitely grab it.


Reading:

Thud!, Terry Pratchett. Another re-read, in snatches on the bus to and from school. I like it very much.


Acquired:

Dirty Little Secrets, C.J. Omololu.

My TBR piles are disturbingly high, so I may have to institute a no buy rule until I've restored them to a reasonable height. Or at least a single pile.


* I don't think I've talked about that? I mentor a couple of adult writers who are doing some interesting YA work. It's fun.

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