Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts

I am reading Maggie O’Farrell’s I Am I Am I Am and it is an absolute gem. Her memoir is divided into seventeen near death stories, some more dangerous than others, but all told exquisitely. I’ve read one of her other novels, a long time ago, but now I’m really looking forward to reading more. She’s incredibly talented.

Last week I slapped with a swift little head cold that resulted in an ear infection. I’ve had a hard time adapting to this school energy-wise, and this has not helped at all. I feel much better, but I just can’t shake this tiredness that feels so much more different and severe than previous years.

I’ve started listening to My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams, about a fake heiress and while I’m still adapting to the child-like voice of the narrator, it’s an interesting story.

Super undecided on the new Taylor Swift album. I feel like a few of her songs are pandering, but there are some that are really fun and pretty too.

I’ve seen a ton of old students during the past week or so, since a lot of them are still on summer break and like to swing by to say hi. It’s always so fun to see where life has taken them after they graduate and what they have to say about their preparation for the “real” world.

You guys. We have to start teaching kids to work harder and to grapple with things. Life is so easy for so many of them now, everything is so accessible and we are often over-sensitive of things that might make them even slightly uncomfortable. I’m not suggesting being hurtful or unfair or anything horrible, but we have to make kids more resilient. 


  1. The one thing that can ruin an audiobook for me is a narrator whose voice irritates me. I hope you're able to get through the book despite the narrator's child-like voice.

    Maggie O'Farrell's memoir sounds fantastic, I'll have to check into it!

    I'm not a fan of Taylor Swift, the only semi-recent song of hers I like is Blank Space, but the I Prevail cover of it. It sounds so much better as a metal song.

    Here's My Bookish and Not So Bookish Thoughts for this week.

  2. I like Maggie O'Farrell's books, too.

    Enjoy your week, and feel better. Here are MY BOOKISH & NOT SO BOOKISH THOUGHTS

  3. I am not familiar with Maggie O'Farrell.

    I love that commercial with Taylor Swift screwing up at a bunch of different jobs...or something. I've only seen it twice so I'm not sure of the plot. IF commercials have plots.

    Hope your poor ear is better!