No one could be more hopeful toward autumn than I. Last week, the temperatures in Illinois were upward of 95 degrees Fahrenheit. In my un-air-conditioned classroom, at the top corner of the second floor, we were well over 100. District decided that all the upper floor classrooms should come down to the lower floor, so third through fifth grade were put in the windowless gym where no one could see, or hear, the film Rio which was shown against one of the brick walls. On Friday, school was closed for the students, and I sat at my desk with three fans directed only on me trying to read my Nook in between grading what papers I had.
With autumn comes the RIP VI challenge. Wonderful opportunity to read gothic romance, mystery, suspense, and even horror. I’ve already read Strangers, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I’m beginning Stephen King’s Under The Dome curious if this will be one of the few books of his I’ll be able to finish. Every time I start The Stand, and there have been many occasions, I have to lay it down in terror. He’s great at writing of the grotesque, but what alarms me the most is when he brings in evil. Not good at reading that, letting that enter my spirit. So, we’ll see what he does with The Dome.
Also, Bookssnob is hosting a read-along of Persuasion beginning the 18th of September. Her announcement post spoke eloquently of the connections between her life and this novel; it moved me sufficiently enough to join in her read along. It’s been a few years since I last read Persuasion. Too long, perhaps, for such a noble classic.
Surely you know about Discovering Daphne in October? Savidge Reads and Novel Insights are hosting a few read-alongs of Daphne DuMaurier’s books, which they announced earlier this summer, and I’ve been eagerly awaiting October ever since. The House on The Strand is scheduled for October 16; Don’t Look Now and Other Stories is planned for October 23; and Rebecca will be read for October 30. (Is there a better autumnal read than Rebecca? I think not.)
So eager for cooler weather. So eager to share great challenges and read-alongs with you.