just finished

The fourth and final installment of the Raven Cycle.

Series recap:
If you're unfamiliar with the series, here's a quick rundown of the plot: The Raven Cycle follows four teenage boys from the prestigious Aglionby Academy in Virginia: Richard Gansey III, Ronan Lynch, Adam Parrish, and Noah Czerny. After being killed in a bee attack (and brought back to life) as a child, Gansey has been on an unstoppable mission to uncover the truth behind Virginia's mysterious "ley lines" and the secret of the ancient Welsh king, Glendower, whom he believes is buried somewhere on the ley lines. His search for Glendower accelerates when he meets Blue, a townie from a family of psychics. Since birth, Blue's fate has been written in the stars: if she ever kisses her one true love, he will die. Thus, she avoids boys — especially Aglionby boys. But when she meets Gansey and his friends, she gets sucked into their search — and she finds herself falling a little bit in love with them all. Despite her growing love for the Raven Boys, she cannot forget one simple truth: her psychic family predicts that Gansey will die before the next St. Mark's Eve.
h/t: Bustle

I suppose part of my love of this series has been listening to the audio version with the incredible performance by Will Patton. He is a gifted narrator. I will miss this magical, fantasy world and this cast of characters. After four books, I feel as though they are my friends, almost. It's the same fond feeling I get with some of my students--I wish our relationship would last outside the parameters of the classroom (and in this case outside their fictional world).

One thing I didn't like is how some characters are developed for the sake of developing characters. They don't serve to move the plot along and make random appearances throughout the series.

Other than that, I will definitely read more by this author.

saturday 9

What Hurts the Most

1) Are you a veteran? Are there veterans in your family? Do you know anyone who is active military? (We are grateful and want to hear about it.) Both of my brothers in law are military men. I have several students who are active military.

2) Memorial Day kicks off the summer season. What's your favorite picnic food? chips

3) Let's celebrate the Memorial Day holiday with ice cream. What's your favorite flavor? Cone or cup? I like a sugar cone with something chocolate

4) This marks the weekend when Americans step up their outdoor activity and do things they may not have been able to do during the winter months. For example, when is the last time you rode a bike? it has been about ten years

5) Or went hiking? it has been two weeks

6) Or rode a horse? it has been about 43 years

7) Or toasted a marshmallow? it has been a year

8) As you answer these questions, is there an air conditioner or fan on? no, but the windows are open

9) Crazy Sam needs your help: What song or a performer would you like to see featured in a Saturday 9 this summer? You'll begin seeing your suggestions as Saturday 9 themes in mid-June. Thanks! Taylor Swift has a lot of songs with quotable lyrics, Billy Joel, The Fixx, Hall & Oates, Enya, Duncan Shiek, and Del Amitri


friday 5

  1. What’s good and what’s bad about the weather lately?
  2. last week we had a freak 5 inches of snow on Monday and it was above 80 degrees by Friday
  3. What’s something that’s so bad it’s good?
  4. The Real Housewives franchises
  5. What’s something that used to be bad but now is good?
  6. butter
  7. What are some of your pet words for very bad and very good?
  8. horrid and marvelous
  9. What’s your favorite song by Bad Company (or Good Charlotte, if BadCo isn’t your style)?*
  10. "Rock'n Roll Fantasy"

*or Bad Brains? or Benny Goodman? or Badfinger? or the Be Good Tanyas?


I was driving to school this morning, admiring all the shades of green from the variety of blooming and blossoming trees, fields, and plants. Shades of green as far as the eye can see. I wanted to take a photo, but I couldn't capture the subtle differences and all the hues. I forget that not everyone sees what I see every day.

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
~Thank you, Robert Frost!


yarn along

Join in every Wednesday to share a single photo of what you are knitting and reading too!

Slowly knitting the Sunny Baby Blanket and listening to The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater.

w.w.w. wednesday

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading and revived here on Taking on a World of Words.

• What are you currently reading? I'm reading Moriarty Returns a Letter by Michael Robertson and The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater.

• What did you recently finish reading? Be Frank With Me by Julia Clairborne Johnson, I really liked it.

• What do you think you’ll read next? I'm not sure what's next.


ten things tuesday

Linking up with Ten On Tuesday this week.

This week's topic is: 10 Favorite Desserts.

1) Chocolate ice cream. Plain ol' chocolate ice cream. Especially Giffords.

2) Chocolate cake with the good kind of frosting.

3) Pie. There aren't many I don't like.

4) Elaborate ice creams, like Ben & Jerry's flavors.

5) Strawberry shortcake when the berries are in season.

6) Creme Brulee.

7) Red velvet cake.

8) Cheesecake.

9) Chocolate lava cake.

10) Soft chocolate chip cookies.



We ratified the contract today!!

musing mondays

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• I’m currently reading…
• Up next I think I’ll read…
• I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
• I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
• I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
• I can’t wait to get a copy of…
• I wish I could read ___, but…
• I blogged about ____ this past week…

This week’s random question: Name a book you thought you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving.

In all honesty, I didn't think I would like Harry Potter. But I'm addicted!


sunday stealing

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Ask Questions Meme

1. What type of criminal would you be? white collar
2. What are you listening to right now? I'm watching Watch What Happens Live dvrd shows
3. If you had to choose a stripper name, what would it be? Chuckles
4. If your phone started ringing, who would you hope is calling? my sister
5. Do you drink alcohol? occasionally
6. Do you smoke? no
7. What is the first thing you notice in someone? their presence
8. Do you get attached easily? no
9. Do you like your eye color? yes
10. Have any stupid human tricks? I used to be able to tell the amount of change what was jingled in a pocket
11. Humor me. What physical ideal do you imagine in a boyfriend/girlfriend/partner? I like tall
12. Any other essential quirks/interests/other you look for in a boyfriend/girlfriend/partner? they have to make me laugh
13. Have you ever stolen anything? yes
14. Any romantic gestures you really like? attention
15. What’s your favorite color and why? I like brown/beige
16. What were you like when you were a kid? a little adult
17. What would your dream house be like? a condo
18. What last made you laugh? being with my niece
19. Do you have a place you like to go to collect your thoughts? in my recliner
20. What is your favorite word? laugh
21. What is your least favorite word? ointment
22. Would you go bungee jumping/sky diving if given the chance? yes
23. Do you have any siblings? 3 sisters
24. Do you like to dance? not really
25. What is your definition of cheating? depends on the situation


PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. I like to post one that speaks to me each week.