In the High Peaks

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Blast Off! First Vacation Reading Choices

My vacation officially begins tomorrow afternoon.

Thursday is supposed to be a rainy day.
My reading plans:
  • Finish A Winter in Wartime by Jan Terlouw (translated from the Dutch) for Caroline's June Literature and War Readalong.
  • Just ordered A Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud, which should arrive on Friday. This read will be next. 
  • I hope to keep a Nature book going at all times. Oftentimes it will be a nature-related memoir.
Since Sunday our weather has been intensely humid, with dewpoints in the low-to-mid 70s. Our temperatures have been in the low-to-mid 80s, which in and of itself is not bad, but the humidity is what stops us dead in our tracks, both Sasha and me. Ken complains as well and he cannot do any outside work. Fortunately we do have air conditioning for these desperate times. And I will say that it is not typical for us to have such high humidity levels in June. They are more typical of late July through late-August. Double Ugh! Great weather for doing projects indoors, but being physically unable to enjoy the outdoors is a sacrifice indeed.

My Summer Session Children's Literature class has been the most enjoyable class I've ever taught at the college. I have been so lucky to have had such interested, dedicated, thought-provoking students. It has made the past six weeks a joy. Tomorrow is our last meeting. I feel sad to let them go after all of our intense, fascinating discussions of children's and YA fiction. This class has been amazing.


  1. I hope you like the Terlouw. I finished it today but since I saw the movie a while ago it wasn't new but I still thought he did it well. I'm looking forward to your thoughts.
    I'd like to read Messud too soon.
    How wonderful that you had such a great class.

  2. Hi, Caroline,
    I have indeed enjoyed Winter in Wartime. During the fall and the spring semesters, my children's lit students read a children's or YA novel in translation. I'm going to add this one to the list. I think the characterization of Michiel is well done. And I was on the edge of my seat through most of it.