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Things I’m Currently Reading: June Edition and Update

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A few months ago I alluded to a situation at work that I couldn’t discuss. The fact is, I’ve been too stressed about it to blog much since it first arose. It’s resolved now, and probably for the best. I’m not staying at The School next year- my position was redesigned and someone else was hired. I don’t have any definite plans yet, but you, dear readers, will know as soon as I do. The good news is that I’m paid through the summer, so I have some space to figure out what’s next.

And oh, I’ve had plenty of space to read.

I’m going to cheat a little and list only what I can remember from the last few months. I hope to be back on track for July… To compensate for the gloomy tone of this post I will include interesting pictures (mostly of myself) on the side. Would it be a real post without them anyway?

Daily spiritual reading-

  1. The Bible
  2. Elder Leonid of Optina, Fr. Clement Sederholm

    my nephew and i look off towards a bright future

    my nephew and i look off towards a bright future

Pleasure reading-

  1. A heck of a lot of the Hamish Macbeth series
  2. Many of the Isabel Dalhousie series
  3. Everyday Saints and Other Stories, Archimandrite Tikhon
  4. Look Me In the Eye, John Elder Robison

Work- (personal work, really)

  1. As It Is In Heaven, Arlene Hutton
  2. Wonder, RJ Palacio

    found on the floor

    super secret seventh grade code for notes

Books that have been on hold, but want to finish-

  1. The Gulag Archipelago, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (but I WILL finish it)
  2. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

    gift from a graduating student

    needy hippo loves you!

  3. Beauty for Ashes, Stephen R. Lloyd-Moffett

Just finished-

  1. Audrey, Wait!, Robin Benway (rerereread)
  2. Summerland, Elin Hilderbrand
  3. The Elite, Keira Cass
  4. Columbine, Dave Cullen
  5. Just One Day, Gayle Forman
  6. Lola and the Boy Next Door, Stephanie Perkins
  7. The Starter Wife, Gigi Levangie Grazer (this was a HORRIBLE book)

Stopped because I couldn’t take it anymore-

1. n/a

Next up-

  1. The Book of Revelation, Matt Dorff (looks so cool!)

Happy reading, folks!

Things I’m currently reading- New Year’s Edition!

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New Year’s Day baking

New Year’s Day baking

January has at last arrived. I’ve enjoyed a most glorious break. Though I’m not eager to get back to routine on Thursday, Comedy of Errors rehearsals will be quite delightful.

This is also the time of year when I’ll need to start reading scripts for next year’s productions. I’m also hoping to produce/direct something myself this summer- grad school is ever on the horizon.

Wishing you and yours the happiest of New Years!

Daily spiritual reading-

  1. The Bible (via http://jordanville.org)
  2. Elder Ambrose of Optina, Sergius Chetverikov
  3. On the Incarnation, St. Athansius

Pleasure reading-

  1. Dragonfly in Amber, Diana Gabaldon Cider and Cold Sassy Tree
  2. Cold Sassy Tree, Olive Ann Burns
  3. M is for Magic, Neil Gaiman
  4. The List, Siobhan Vivian

Work-

  1. The Pushcart War, Jean Merrill
  2. The Bronze Bow, Elizabeth George Speare (reread)

Books that have been on hold, but want to finish-

  1. The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx
  2. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
  3. The Gulag Archipelago, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (but I WILL finish it)

Just finished-

  1. That Summer, Sarah Dessen (reread)
  2. Second Chances, Jane Green (reread)
  3. Adorkable, Sarra Manning
  4. Bad Monkeys, Matt Ruff
  5. Smoke and Mirrors, Neil Gaiman
  6. Death of the Endless, Neil Gaiman

Stopped because I couldn’t take it anymore-

1. n/a

Next up-

  1. Comedy of Errors, William Shakespeare (I’ll be reading this over, and over, and over…)
  2. Everyday Saints and Other Stories, Archimandrite Tikhon
  3. Antonin Artaud Selected Writings, ed. Susan Sontag
  4. Cabaret, Isherwood, Kander, and Ebb (script)

Things I’m Currently Reading- December Edition

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Christmas panda box!Happy December, everyone! This is incredibly late, due to flakiness and a bout with the Respiratory Syncytial Virus going around right now. It’s been very unpleasant, but my voice is almost back to normal.

November was quite the month. 1984 came off beautifully. Better, even than I anticipated. I rather miss the madness- but not for long! I’ve finished casting our next show- The Comedy of Errors. Two sets of twins, Shakespeare steampunk style. We’ll be going to a competition in March, and I hope we’ll do well.

That’s about all I have for you today. Happy reading!

Daily spiritual reading-

  1. The Bible (via http://jordanville.org)
  2. Elder Ambrose of Optina, Sergius Chetverikov

Pleasure reading-

  1. Dragonfly in Amber, Diana Gabaldon
  2. Someone Like You, Sarah Dessen (re-re-re-re-re-read)

Work-

  1. The Pushcart War, Jean Merrill
  2. Freeing Shakespeare’s Voice, Kristen Linklater Snowman-ed.

Books that have been on hold, but want to finish-

  1. The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx
  2. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
  3. Cold Sassy Tree, Olive Ann Burns
  4. The Gulag Archipelago, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (but I WILL finish it)

Just finished-

  1. Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy, Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick
  2. The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, Joshilyn Jackson (audio book)
  3. The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan
  4. The Sea of Monsters, Rick Riordan
  5. The Titan’s Curse, Rick Riordan
  6. The Battle of the Labyrinth, Rick Riordan
  7. The Last Olympian, Rick Riordan
  8. Outlander, Diana Gabaldon
  9. Bitter End, Jennifer Brown
  10. The Selection, Kiera Cass
  11. Comedy of Errors, William Shakespeare

Stopped because I couldn’t take it anymore-

1. n/a

Next up-

  1. Comedy of Errors, William Shakespeare (I’ll be reading this over, and over, and over…)
  2. Dreamland, Sarah Dessen
  3. …War and Peace?

Things I’m Currently Reading: November Edition

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Gorgeous October has ended in a rush of wind and rain (and no power for two days). I’ve had a few days off work thanks to Hurricane Sandy, and they’ve been far more productive than I could ever anticipated. This could, of course, have something to do with my disabling Facebook until December.

Yes, folks, this is the big month. NaNoWriMo is finally here. I’m not going to touch social networking until it’s done. Truthfully, my exit from the facebook scene for the first time in eight years was precipitated by a comment from a student. “Ms. M,” he said, “Last summer I boycotted my computer for a month. It was the happiest month of my life.”

Indeed. I can’t, obviously, leave my computer behind completely during the school year. I can, however, indulge my increasingly Luddite tendencies to the benefit of my production, work life, and soon to exist novel draft by ridding myself of the biggest online temptation I have.  I’ll be writing a LOT- my goal is 25,000 words by November 30th (secretly 50,000, but since 1984 goes up in about two weeks that’s going to be a hard sell), and hopefully that will include more time spent with this site. I’ve missed it during the October madness.

Enough blather. On to the main event- what’s been on my shelves this month. Happy NaNoWriMo to all!

Daily spiritual reading-

  1. The Bible (via http://jordanville.org)
  2. Elder Ambrose of Optina, Sergius Chetverikov

Pleasure reading-

  1.  Outlander, Diana Gabaldon
  2. Good Night, Mr. Tom, Michelle Magorian (reread)
  3. Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy, Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick
  4. The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, Joshilyn Jackson (audio book)

Work-

  1. The Pushcart War, Jean Merrill
  2. Freeing Shakespeare’s Voice, Kristen Linklater

Books that have been on hold, but want to finish-

  1. The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx
  2. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
  3. Cold Sassy Tree, Olive Ann Burns
  4. The Gulag Archipelago, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (but I WILL finish it)

Just finished-

  1. Ready Player One, Ernest Cline
  2. Call the Midwife, Jennifer Worth
  3. Hermitess Photini, Archimandrite Joachim Spetsieris
  4. Espresso Tales, Alexander McCall Smith (audio book)
  5. Fragile Things, Neil Gaiman (audio book)
  6. Playing for Pizza, John Grisham (audio book- can you tell I drive a lot?)
  7. The Other Woman, Jane Green

Stopped because I couldn’t take it anymore-

1. The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin (if by “couldn’t take” you mean “lost the copy my mother borrowed from the library”)

Next up-

  1. Comedy of Errors, William Shakespeare (still need to cut it down for work)
  2. The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan (the kiddos insist that seeing the movie is not enough, and I am sure they’re right)
  3. My brand new book:by Archimandrite Irinei

Stay warm this month, and happy reading!

Things I’m Currently Reading- September Edition

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interactive bulletin board

Fall is my favorite time of year, hands down. I’m sick of summer heat, ready to roll up my sleeves and dive back into life. (Did I just equate work with life?)

The new school year has begun, and I’m loving it so far. The end of August was a mad rush- first to Houston, then into orientation and learning to drive stick (ai yaaaaaaaaa). All the changes have been good for me. I’m sleeping much better now that my days are full. They’re going to get a lot fuller before the year’s out, so I’m taking advantage of the relative calm to get as much reading done as I can. Most of it’s of the work variety, but since I’m teaching English and theater it might as well be for fun.

The bulletin board allows my students to write up what they’re currently reading for pleasure. So if you needed to know what an 11-14 year old might be interested in reading, here’s a quick list:

BreakawayChokeTangerineAlex RiderThe Maze RunnerSeeds of RebellionThe Scorch TrialsThe GiverThe Exceptionals, and Swindle.

And of course, if you want to know what a mid twenties Orthodox teacher might be reading, here’s my list!

Daily spiritual reading-

watched over by friendly hand puppets

The Pushcart War watched over by friendly hand puppets

  1. Elder Barsanuphius of Optina, Victor Afanasiev (nearly there!)
  2. The Bible. (back to work = back to http://jordanville.org)

Pleasure reading-

  1.  About A Boy, Nick Hornby (reread)
  2. The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx

Work-

  1. Playwrights at Work, ed. John Dahr
  2. The Empty Space, Peter Brook
  3. 1984, Robert Owens, Wilton E. Hall, Jr, and William A. Miles, Jr.
  4. The Mousetrap, Agatha Christie
  5. Poetry 180, ed. Billy Collins
  6. The Pushcart War, Jean Merrill

Books that have been on hold, but want to finish- (unchanged again, but it’s been shorter than usual)

  1. With Pain and Love for Contemporary Man, Elder Paisios
  2. The Private Life of Chairman Mao, Dr. Li Zhisui
  3. Miracles, C.S. Lewis
  4. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf

Just finished-

  1. The Firm, John Grisham (reread)
  2. Almost, Maine, John Cariani (play)
  3. Schooled, Gordon Korman
  4. Okay for Now, Gary D. Schmidt

Stopped because I couldn’t take it anymore-

1. The Associate, John Grisham (disgusting- how can you expect us to like the protagonist after that intro?)

Next up-

  1. Comedy of Errors, William Shakespeare (still need to cut it down for work)
  2. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
  3. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  4. Some of My Best Friends are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America, Tanner Colby

Things I’m Currently Reading- July Edition

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Happy July, everyone! Wow, a “Things I’m Currently Reading” on time, for once! This was a pretty mixed month, reading wise. I read an incredible amount of trash, mixed with an almost equal amount of really high quality stuff.

In the personal realm, even with my boyfriend away in Moscow, June was a wonderful month overall-  full of friends, travel, and really yummy vegan food.  After being unemployed and underemployed for nearly two years, I got three offers for different things within a  few weeks.   My favorite offer that I’ll have to defer was my acceptance into the Master of Divinity program at Holy Cross Hellenic College.  Oh, to be a feminarian! Regrettably, it makes no financial sense to go at this point.  I plan to defer for a year and reevaluate next spring. However, I’m very much looking forward to teaching theater this year- though the reality of planning for three classes and three shows is starting to sink in.

In a few weeks I’m off to Beijing, so keep an eye out for my travel reading list. Here’s to another beautiful summer month!

Daily spiritual reading-

  1. Elder Barsanuphius of Optina, Victor Afanasiev (still taking a long time)
  2. The Bible. (now with actual book! Hooray for no internet at home!)
  3. The Hermitess Photini (when I’m too tired for Elder Barsanuphius)

Pleasure reading-

  1.  Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, the Countess of Carnarvon
  2. The Gulag Archipelago, Alexander Solzhenitsyn (pleasure being a strong word, here)
  3. Guitar Girl, Sarra Manning (reread)

Work-

  1. A BUNCH of plays

Books that have been on hold, but want to finish- (no, this list has not changed)

  1. With Pain and Love for Contemporary Man, Elder Paisios
  2. The Private Life of Chairman Mao, Dr. Li Zhisui
  3. Miracles, C.S. Lewis
  4. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
  5. Under the Dome, Stephen King (WHICH WAS ON MY KINDLE GRRR)

Just finished-

  1. Sloppy Firsts, Megan McCaffrey
  2. Second Helpings, Megan McCaffrey
  3. Charmed Thirds, Megan McCaffrey
  4. Fourth Comings, Megan McCaffrey (they’re kinda like popcorn- but smart popcorn!)
  5. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
  6. Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote
  7. Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots, Deborah Feldman
  8. A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
  9. Can You Keep A Secret?, Sophie Kinsella (reread- don’t do that to yourself)
  10. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving
  11. Say the Word, Jeannine Garsee

Stopped because I couldn’t take it anymore-

1. Where I Belong, Gwendolyn Heasley (not with Corrinne, that’s for sure)

Next up-

  1. A Shakespeare- I WILL read one this month. If only for work. Plus Twelfth Night again.
  2. Insurgent, Veronica Roth (ok- I actually started it- and didn’t like it. But I’ll give it another shot!)
  3. Adorkable, Sarra Manning (still love her!)
  4. The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss
  5. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

Things I’m Currently Reading- May Edition

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May already, can you believe it?

April has been both a difficult and triumphant month personally.  I lost my aunt, I finished up my contract at my school, and my immediate family’s recurring issues have been, well, recurring. However, I also sent in a graduate school application, had several interviews, and led the choir/readings for a church service for the first time (Royal Hours- Holy Friday).

Best of all, one of my dearest friends had a baby, and I started a new relationship. He’s lovely and treats me very well, though I have to watch my grammar a bit more now (English majors…).

Looking over the April Edition, I followed through on many of the tasks I set for myself. No, I didn’t get through most of the books I listed. The Pillars of the Earth has proved to be one of those tomes best read in actual book (as opposed to kindle) form. However, I did revisit many of my favorite bookstores, completed the CS Lewis, started to move away from chick lit (thank goodness!), and began reading actual paperbacks again.  There are a number of books I’ve been picking up and putting down, but hey, it was Lent.

Not bad, April. Now let’s tackle May.

Daily spiritual reading-

  1. Elder Barsanuphius of Optina, Victor Afanasiev (this is taking a long time)
  2. The Bible. (Usually via http://jordanville.org)

Pleasure reading-

  1. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
  2. An Uncommon Education, Elizabeth Percer
  3. Object Lessons, Anna Quindlen
  4. Under the Dome, Stephen King

Work-

  1. N/A

Books that have been on hold, but want to finish-

  1. With Pain and Love for Contemporary Man, Elder Paisios
  2. The Private Life of Chairman Mao, Dr. Li Zhisui
  3. Miracles, C.S. Lewis

Just finished-

  1. The Red Queen, Philippa Gregory
  2. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  3. Along for the Ride, Sarah Dessen
  4. That Summer, Sarah Dessen
  5. The Hunger Games Trilogy, Suzanne Collins (yes, again.)

Stopped because I couldn’t take it anymore-

  1. Black Mass, Dick Lehr (we know what happens, and half my kids are using it to write papers)
  2. Perfect Match, Jodi Picoult (oh my gosh, I HATED this book.)

Next up-

  1. A spiritual book that has a narrative (possibly Beauty for Ashes, as mentioned in an earlier post)
  2. The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen
  3. Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote
  4. A Shakespeare- I still have 6 plays left.
  5. Insurgent, Veronica Roth (Divergent was one of the best dystopian YA novels I’ve read in a loooooong time)