Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

I really feel I haven't read anything recently... The last book (actually, comic strip) I read was "Gemma Bovary" by Posy Simmons (who is in fact really cool, writing for The Guardian). I know I really want to read "On Beauty" but I'm so out of touch with the lastest books I don't know what I should be reading... "On Beauty" isn't out in paperback yet, so I'm waiting... 待っています。

Actually, I tell a lie. I read number six in the Lemony Snicket series, but I don't know if kids' books count...

Anyone read anything particulary good recently?

And what about the new Harry Potter? Worth seeing??

I've finished my work early tonight, so am thinking how best to spend this unexpected free time...

School was good today. Taught my kanji class (love those kids - they think I'm good at Japanese... Ha). Did lots of planning. Got told that my teaching style was like Helen's:-) Busy busy tomorrow though. Really, really busy... four classes all by myself! Eek.

That's all for now.


Blogger Richard said...

You completely pre-empted me. That was the photo I would have used on an entry announcing that I'm reading On Beauty right now. I like it a lot so far, but I am such a slow reader. I haven't even read any of her other things, except for a short story called The Girl With Bangs (which is stateside for fringe apparently) that was rather good.

I don't suppose I'm in touch with books. But I'm definitely going to read Lunar Park by Brett Easton Ellis next. It looks very cool.

Anyhow, you can borrow On Beauty if I ever finish. Haven't seen the new HP, or even read the last two. If only I had the time. I feel so shattered.

Glad school's going well.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Richard said...

PS The photos were very cool. Though the weather at Hebden Bridge looks like it was utterly foul. It's nice just to see familiar faces, even though I wasn't there. Mustn't start feeling York-sick!

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Andy said...

'On beauty' looks interesting. I look forward to getting the chance to read it having enjoyed Zadie Smith's previous books. However, that may be some time as their are various unfinished books lying around the flat right now which I should probably look for and finish.

11:34 AM  
Blogger jennywren said...

Don't feel too York-sick... York hasn't changed, although you're missing out big time on not going to St Nicholas' Fair... hmm...

Having been so positive about school, I wish to take some of that back. I have a really horrible little kid in one of my classes who refused to stay for detention at break-time, whom I have now given an after-school detention, which apparently he won't show up for according to the other teachers. Little s**. Sorry. Also means I have to stay late at school. Not a happy bunny today.

4:36 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

Bring back caning!
Nasty wee gobsh*te.

5:26 PM  
Anonymous 1U said...

I still haven't finished reading _white teeth_...

I'm also in the middle of several other books... My younger brother's sending me the Chinese version of Harry Potter and to be honest I'm quite looking forward to seeing that new film, because I like Ron...*blush*

8:20 AM  
Blogger Richard said...

Somehow it feels like I ought not to like Posy Simmonds, but I've read Gemma Bovary and I've been reading the new ones every week.

1:23 PM  
Blogger jennywren said...

SimmonDs, sorry...

the kid didn't come to detention coz he said he was going to football practice... so I went and told his football coach at school that he wasn't allowed to play football because he was supposed to be at my detention. the football coach really yelled at the kid, who then had tears in his eyes... he came to the detention and i made him do really dull stuff (copying from the french textbook). I can't believe this kid...

Sorry, this isn't interesting.

7:19 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

Jenny. Yes it is. Sounds like you sorted the problem out pretty well.

See, now I feel weird for not having read White Teeth (seems like everyone else has). A says that The Autograph Man is good too.

Wanyu, it's good that you can see past Ron's gingerness. But he's a child!

(Gingerness is a frequent topic here: since September I have acquired the nickname "Ginge"; all of the postgrads and even some of the academics call me this now. I fear it's only a matter of time before my students do the same.)

7:42 PM  

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