I don’t think I have ever been so tired and busy in my entire life. Not even the semester I took 21 credit hours and was working two jobs or last semester when I was in class from 8-3 every day and worked weekends. The one thing no one tells you about student teaching is how exhausted you will be. I knew I would be busy but I never thought I would come home and want to be in bed by seven every night.
I have a 40 minute commute every day and because of this I decided to listen to some audio books. My first audio book was Turtles All the Way Down which was great because it was a great book. Not that I didn’t think Into the Water wasn’t great but it didn’t put me in a chipper mood for teaching sixth graders all day.
That being said it was a really great book. I have noticed though there is a big difference between American mystery novels and British mystery novels. American mystery novels focus on the events and the ever building suspense whereas British mystery novels focus on the characters and the building of the characters. The mystery is there but there is less focus on events and more on character development. I noticed that when I listen to the Casual Vacancy; that wasn’t a mystery but it focused more on character development than the main storyline. So maybe that is true of all British novels but I never really noticed it until now.
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins is her second book and I liked it as much as her first novel Girl on the Train. I enjoyed listening to it on cd because different people voiced the different characters which helped differentiate them and give them their own unique “voice” (no pun intended). A lot of people said they didn’t like Girl on the Train because it was boring and yes, the rising action doesn’t actually start to rise in Into the Water until the end but the wait is worth it because there is a lot more going on than meets the eye. It is a murder mystery but there is much more than just one murder going on. I would akin it to a soap opera but it deals with contemporary issues very well while bringing in an old story.
I also finally finished listening to the Nightingale which I would not recommend finishing while driving to work unless you want your mascara to run and your eyes to be red. The Nightingale is the amazing story of two sisters during WWII. Vienne who is living in southern France and her sister Isabelle who decides to take her life into her own hands and flees to Paris to help the resistance. Vienne stays in southern France waiting for her husband to come home and raising their daughter, while Isabelle risks her life as the Nightingale. Not that Vienne doesn’t have her own troubles what with a German office billeted at her home. It was such an amazing book because all the focus of WWII tends to be on Poland, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, England or a more centralized European country. Not a lot of WWII novels talk about France and what they dealt with during the war. It was an extremely interesting read but again make sure you have tissues nearby when you read the ending because you are going to need them.
Also yesterday I used my lunch period to sit down and finish the the fourth installment of Phoebe and Her Unicorn: Razzle Dazzle Unicorn. Phoebe and Marigold discover summer camp where Phoebe meets someone who is equally if not weirder than her. We see more of Max who according to Phoebe is not her boyfriend and Phoebe’s room magically disappears one afternoon. The sarcasm and friendship keep on rolling as you will on the floor laughing whilst reading Phoebe and Her Unicorn.