Spring…has sprung a leak in my basement

I feel as though I have been hibernating for ages…but the days are getting longer and brighter and although there are still mounds of dirty snow everywhere, I am feeling optimistic about – well – things in general. Except my basement. It’s full of water. I am not handy, so I am dealing with the water by ignoring it. I rescued Lily’s litter box and shut the door on the things that are floating down there. (Did anyone else hear Pennywise’s voice just now?)

The water is a recent thing. I have also been distracted by school-related activities. I am the faculty advisor for the yearbook, and while we have finally put the book to bed, for many, many days I was scrambling (along with my very capable student editors) to get that puppy done.

In a perfect-storm sort of way, I was also putting together the fourth edition of The Write Stuff magazine, a literary arts magazine which debuts on April 29th at the fifth annual Write Stuff writers’ workshop. This is a day I very much look forward to attending. Over one hundred students from four area high school will gather at the Saint John Arts Centre to work with a variety of writing mentors. It’s a fabulous day. You can read more about it at our blog, The Write Stuff.

Of course, I am still reading, but perhaps not as diligently as I am re-watching Felicity. After just one episode, I was immediately sucked back into that whole Ben-Noel-Felicity triangle. (I am Team Ben all the way!) I have to step away from the DVDs though so I can finish a pile of books that I have started…but not quite finished…including:

birdbox Bird Box – Josh Malerman

This is actually my next book club read and I am almost done. I have been wanting to read this book for a while and was surprised when it was chosen for my book club since we’ve never read anything like it before. We have a rule in our group – we’re not allowed to talk about the book before the meeting, so I can’t reveal any of my thoughts at this time.

pushing

Pushing the Limits – Katie McGarry

I am about half-way through this hefty YA novel featuring a good girl (with dark, complicated past) and a bad boy (with dark, complicated past) who are thrown together to study but who have a crazy-hot attraction to each other. I’ll finish it, but I’m not loving it.

gun

Give a Boy a Gun – Todd Strasser

I am almost done this book, which I’ve been reading in school and which is a compelling and bleak look at the gun culture, bullying and school shootings in the United States.

silentwife

The Silent Wife – A.A.A. Harrison

I probably only read about twenty pages of this before I got side-tracked by life. I’ll have to restart this book, I think.

grief girl

Grief Girl – Erin Vincent

I think this book is bound for my Book Graveyard, actually. It’s the true story of an Australian girl who suffers a horrible loss when her parents are in a traffic accident. Not grooving to the writing, though.

I don’t normally have more than a couple books on the go at one time, one at home and one at school. That I have so many started and unfinished is an indication of how scattered my life has been of late. What are you reading this spring?

2 thoughts on “Spring…has sprung a leak in my basement

  1. Hi Christie,
    Am reading C.J. Sansom’s book, Dominion–an alternate history of England where Hitler has won and the war only lasted 1939-40. Sansom also wrote a Spanish Civil War story–called Winter in Winter in Madrid. He has penned 6 books in the era of Henry Vlll. He has a lawyer hunchback as the main character who is named Shardlake. He is employed by Cardinal Wosley among others, on behalf of the King, to spy/inquire about various problem areas in English life. Dissolution is one of the 6 books. He did a Phd. in History–hence the historical nature of his books. After graduation with a Phd. he trained as a lawyer then finally became an author. I like his writing and knowledge of history. Have you read any of his books?

    • Hi Kathy,
      Although I am familiar with the name C. J. Sansom’s work, I haven’t ever read anything by him. I am not, in general, a fan of historical fiction. Sounds like something my Aunt Sandra might be interested in, though.

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