A Little Life

7 months later...excuse me, is this thing on? I'll blame it on comps/praxis/finishing grad school/thinking we were moving/deciding to stay here/finding a job. In all that...STILL READING.

It took a while for my name to reach the top of the request list for this one which is really no surprise. I had been seeing this book all over and it's one people will be buzzing about for a while.

“He had looked at Jude, then, and had felt that same sensation he sometimes did when he thought, really thought of Jude and what his life had been: a sadness, he might have called it, but it wasn't a pitying sadness; it was a larger sadness, one that seemed to encompass all the poor striving people, the billions he didn't know, all living their lives, a sadness that mingled with a wonder and awe at how hard humans everywhere tried to live, even when their days were so very difficult, even when their circumstances were so wretched. Life is so sad, he would think in those moments. It's so sad, and yet we all do it.” 

Let me start off by saying I'm not sure if I've ever been so deeply heartbroken after finishing a book. I loved/experienced/suffered through 700 pages of absolute tragedy. I like sad books. In fact, I gravitate toward them. Fluffy, happy books never seem real, so I'm okay with the grief factor in a book. A Little Life was a roller coaster that took it to a whole new level. I hated the explicit depth of suffering Jude endured and I just wanted to yell, "COUNSELING! COUNSELING!" the entire time. That being said, I loved the stories and lives of JB, Malcolm, Willem, and Jude. A Little Life is both beautiful and absolutely heartbreaking. I wept the last 100 pages and went through AT LEAST half a box of kleenex. I loved this book and felt thoroughly depressed both while reading and upon finishing. It's a strange combination but if you've read it, I think you'll understand. 

I wouldn't recommend this book to everybody and if you are a sensitive reader, this book is absolutely not for you. However, it's one that will stick with me in the days to come. It's a devastatingly brilliant book but not for the faint of heart. Have you read it? Let's discuss. 

let's talk about: valentine's day cat

Surely I'm not the only one who finds great ideas on Pinterest only to realize there's no template for it and give up. Pinterest can be wonderful and it can also ruin everything by creating unrealistic expectations. There are tons of cutesy, crafty things for the holidays but I get how busy we are. Pinterest just isn't real life. I think about how fun it would be to get to do tons of fun craft things in speech therapy at the school. Then I remember how many kids are on caseload, how long each session lasts, and how long it will take to make everything. YEAH, NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN. However, this week was a fun exception and I think the kinders and first graders liked it! 

There are a ton of Valentine's Day crafts floating around the internet and this is not anything original. I did, however, make a template for the hearts with different sizes so if you want to make it, the hardest part is done. All that's left is tracing and cutting. Valentine's day is on Sunday and it could be a fun weekend project if you have kids or are babysitting. It's great for language and a fun way to talk about: animals (what is this, can you think of any others), sounds (what sound does it make, what sound does a cow make, etc), body parts (show me the eyes, where are YOUR eyes), colors, holidays, sequencing (first you do this, second etc) and all sorts of things. Just wanted to share in case anybody was interested. Happy early Valentine's Day!

The template can be found here

2016 reads (so far)

January is dwindling away (what!) and I'm still hopeful for snow in February. Really, I think we could all use a few snow days. I'm settling into a new normal and eagerly awaiting for my nights to be free from studying. Here's to hoping I pass the praxis and comprehensive exams the first time around (!!!) and can say that I'm finally done with grad school work. I feel both giddy and terrified. PRAY FOR ME.

Here are my January reads (thus far). I haven't read this many books in a month in a very, very long time. I'll go ahead and thank my extended Christmas break for that. I'm also still hopeful that I'll finish another before the month is over. One of my goals this year is to read more books we already have and donate the ones I impulsively bought for a quarter but will never actually read. I can't help it!!! I'm a sucker for cheap books. All the while, I'm still planning on hitting a book sale Saturday morning. Give and take, give and take. Want to be book friends? Follow me on goodreads !