Sunday Salon: September is…

Oh friends, you have no idea how this 70 degree weekend is like the Balm of Gilead to my soul. Friday held indescribable heat in my second story classroom, a veritable pizza oven for the children and me. By 10:30 the downstairs hallways were filled with classrooms trying to cool off, and I decided it was best to suffer in silence in our own room. At least it was quiet. At least our semi-melted crayons were in reach, and I could show them books from my own rocker.

One of the books we discussed, in looking at how our perspective changes as we read, was Henry and The Kite Dragon by Bruce Edward Hall. It is based on a true story, and if you haven’t read it yourself, or to a child you love, I strongly suggest that you do.

Which brings us to Aarti’s challenge beginning September 14:



Because I read so much translated literature, it is not hard for me to find a novel written by “a person of color.” I have a plethora of books in Japanese literature, and I’d love to reread Sandra CisnerosThe House on Mango Street because I read not one book by a female author for Richard and Stu’s Spanish Lit Month a few months ago. Sandra Cisneros, Julia Alvarez, Isabelle Allende, are all Spanish authors I’ve loved. But, I think I’ll read Empress Orchid by Anchee Min for next week, and perhaps Small Island by Andrea Levy if I have time before September ends.

Of course, don’t forget to come back and chat about Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage on September 12. I will put up a few final thoughts I have about this marvelous book, and the discussions questions presented by Random House. Feel free to answer any of them that appeal to you, and know that I treasure the discussion that reading together affords.

Until then, may your week to come be cool.


8 thoughts on “Sunday Salon: September is…”

  1. Same overnight transition to early fall here. I'm all for it! Impressed with your diverse reading…and your coping skills. Hope this lovely weather continues!


  2. I've enjoyed a couple of books by Anchee Min, but have not heard of Empress Orchid. I recently finished reading a book about Tzu Hsi written by Pearl S. Buck called Imperial Woman. It would be interesting to compare it with Min's novel.


  3. I hope you continue to have cooler weather. It's been wonderful here this weekend. I doubt we even hit 70 yesterday and this afternoon I've been relaxing on my front porch, playing with my new phone (a Samsung Galaxy S5). This morning when we were out enjoying our coffee, we needed sweatshirts! Fall is in the air!

    I read Small Island eight years ago. (I love it when someone mentions a book I've read, giving me an opportunity to re-visit my blog post after such a long passage of time!) I think you'll enjoy it, if you get a chance to fit it into your schedule.

    I've been away from my blog now for over a month. It's been a nice break, but I'm ready to return. Hopefully, later this week…


  4. There were a few school districts near me that were canceled last week for heat. The hottest week of the summer in September! But today was beautiful.

    I'm excited to participate in the More Diverse Universe too, and I'm planning on reading and reviewing the new Haruki Murakami too! I got it from the library and of course it can't be renewed because it has a lot of holds on it.


  5. Eastern Canada had the same issue: so hot in classrooms we were melting on Friday. Plus, they are smelly teenagers. Even teenagers that shower are smelly by the end of the day. Then a lovely weekend.

    I have all those books on my shelf! Those exact three. I have since read Small Island, which I really, really liked (except for the title. Bad/boring title) So if I read the other two, I've participated in the challenge? I guess it would only be accidentally though.
    Hope your week is wonderful!


  6. The weather is just right in the UK at the mo…a little heat and sun left in the days and slightly cooler at night. I hope the temperature at school cools down for you. I enjoyed Levy's Small Island; quite a few years have slipped by since I read it, but it's a good one to choose for your challenge.


  7. Oh my goodness, I hope you and your students can stay cool. Doesn't the weather get the memo that school has started and there are no air conditioners?!?

    I love your More Diverse Universe choices. I read The House on Mango Street in high school and Small Island is a book I have been meaning to read for years!


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