Finally, I’m back into the reading groove now that the semester has ended. Isn’t there great irony in the fact that an English teacher has little time to read and write while she’s teaching reading and writing?

This week, I managed to finish Peony in Love (see review here). I also read Mad Sheep by Linda Faillace (review here).
Meanwhile, I’ve been listening to Martha Grime’s Grave Maurice in the car. I normally am not a mystery reader, but in the car, there’s nothing better – this book makes me look forward to the 7 minute drive to work. That’s saying something.
I’ve also started Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, at Stefanie’s suggestion, and I’m really enjoying it. I’m reading Theft of the Master for a review, too, and I’m still picking away at Stations of Solitude by Alice Koller and Old Friend from Far Away by Natalie Goldberg (btw, redRavine has a great interview with Goldberg here. So I’m reading a lot, and that’s just the way I like my days to be – filled with words.

I’ve also been reading a lot of blogs – you guys are great – and I came across this challenge from Maggie last night. I’m supposed to give my house a name, which is particularly humorous given that I live in a mass produced subdivision of townhomes. Last week, we had our third murder, the third that was a result of a domestic dispute (so tragic!). This was not something I expected to contend with when I bought this house two years ago, and I still don’t feel unsafe – but I imagine resale values are plummeting even as I type. So in honor of my cat, my townhome and the shooting, I’m dubbing my home (at least for today) – Oscar’s Narrow Escape.

Next week, I start online classes for three teenage girls in my parents’ town. Two of the girls are doing an intro to “Intro to Freshman Composition” and the other is doing a composition and creative writing hybrid. I’m putting together book lists for the girls now, and I’m wondering if you guys have any recommendations. What should teenage girls read that will help prepare them for college? The girl who is taking the creative writing component is very interested in fantastical worlds, so whip out your best stuff for me, if you don’t mind. I need about 10 books for each girl to choose from. Any help you have would be great.