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WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?
I was literally counting down the days until “Double Down” by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann came out last week. I was raised in a family where politics was regularly discussed at the dinner table, so this book about the inside story of the 2012 presidential campaign season is right up my alley. I loved “Game Change”, which was their account of the 2008 campaign, and I enjoyed this book almost as much. I was surprised at how much I’d forgotten about the 2012 campaign, but this book brought it all back. Two things I found especially interesting—debate prep adventures with President Obama, and the inside story of how Clint Eastwood was basically given free reign to do whatever he wished on the key evening of the Republican convention. I also found the portions about New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie to be interesting, as I think he’s a pretty fascinating character. All in all—not quite as much drama as “Game Change”, but still an entertaining read if you’re a political junkie like I am.
What are you currently reading?
I’m reading “The Book Whisperer: Awakening The Inner Reader In Every Child” by Donalyn Miller for work—it’s the book chosen for our current professional book study. The author is a 6th grade language arts teacher, and she writes about her journey to turn her classroom into an environment that encourages each of her students to discover the books that will hopefully turn them into lifelong readers. One thing I love about this book is that Miller doesn’t pretend to have all the answers—she readily shares the mistakes she’s made and the steps she’s taken to develop her philosophy and classroom routines. She also places a huge emphasis on student choice rather than strict required reading lists. We’re only read a few chapters, but so far I think it would be a great addition to any teacher’s reading list—as well as parents who want to encourage their kids to love books.
What do you think you’ll read next?
After “Double Down,” I need to read something light and fun! I think that book will be “The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap” by Wendy Welch. It’s the memoir of a couple who open a used bookstore in a small town in Appalachia. I love books about books, and this looks like a good one.
What about you? Have you read any of these books? What are you reading, or planning to read? Please share!