☕️ Weekend Coffee Share

Hello! Hello! Hello!

It’s been a while since I’ve stopped in for a coffee share. I hope that everyone on the interwebs and beyond have been having a good/great 2018. I can’t believe it’s half over.

So, let’s jump right into the Coffee Share

If We Were Having Coffee. . .

I transferred to another store. I’m still with the same big box bookstore. I’m happy with the move so far. The only thing I don’t like is

the commute. If anyone is familiar with the Washington, DC area and the Beltway than you know what I mean. Commuting to my old store took about 15-20 minutes whereas this store can take anywhere from 30-60 minutes.

If We Were Having Coffee. . .

I’d ask you to wish me luck. I have an interview with the University of Maryland.

On the topic of education. On Thursday I was aked to help a customer in the kids department. The woman was looking for a birthday present for a 4th grader she tutors in reading. We got to talking and she told me to send her my resume because she’s looking for people to help with tutoring. Another step. They may be baby steps, but they are steps nonetheless.

If We Were Having Coffee. . .

I’d tell you that even though my blogging mojo may be waning my reading life has picked up; which I’m really happy about. If you follow me you’ll know that I’m participating in a lot of reading/blogging challenges. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail because I’ll be posting the May wrap in a few days. The one thing I’ll say is the second quarter is going much better than the first quarter.

One of the challenges I’m doing is Back to the Classics hosted by Karen K over at Books and Chocolate. One of the challenges is to:

Read a classic that scares you. Is there a classic you’ve been putting off forever? A really long book which intimidates you because of its sheer length?

I’ve chosen Ulysses by James Joyce. And to be honest it’s not that I’m scared, it’s that I’ve been put off Joyce ever since I had to read Finnegan’s Wake in college. Oh my gosh how I struggled with that and I know that Ulysses going to be just as difficult read. So, wish me luck.

Well, that’s it for me. Thanks for stopping by. And please let me know what’s been going on with you. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Have a great weekend!


The Weekend Coffee Share is hosted over at Eclectic Alli. Link up and see what others are up to.

13 thoughts on “☕️ Weekend Coffee Share

  1. Hi Erika,
    No doubt the coffee has gone cold by now, as it’s Tuesday night here already and I only got my post up today after the linky had closed. So, here’s a link to my coffee share post: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2018/05/29/belated-weekend-coffee-share-29th-may-2018/
    I am a chronic book buyer and it seems to take me forever to get through a book, although I read quite a lot online. You would think, therefore, that I’d start reading books on a kindle or equivalent but I still love the paper version and writing all over it and soaking it all up. I also love the smell, touch and feel of a book. Or, you could say many books.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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    • Really Rowena, do coffee every get cold here? I’m glad you decided to post even if the link up closed. Oh my gosh! The struggle is real! I tell you some days I think we book lovers need a program like Alcoholics Annon or Shopaholics, so we can discuss this book buying and not reading problem. Maybe something like TBR-aholics.

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      • It is a problem, isn’t it! One problem I have is finding a place to read. My favourite place to read is on the train, but I don’t catch the train that often these days. I sometimes read in bed but it can be a struggle to get comfortable. I do have books I read when I’m in bed and dozing off but most of my books are ones I’m trying to read more consciously if that makes sense. I usually write in books and underline things. If I’m particularly inspired, I write something in those blank pages at the back of the book. I feel a bit ripped off when publishers leave those out. It makes them look a bit mean. What do you think?
        Best wishes,
        Rowena

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  2. Good luck with Ulysses! I got through almost all of the other authors for my Eng. Lit. major, but I could not manage James Joyce. More power to you! My folks got the Great Books set when I was in middle school and ran us kids through the basic study guides, so I ended up with majors in English and philosophy. Basically ’cause I’d read most of the books on the course lists. 😀

    I should think that teaching adult learners would be very rewarding. Looking forward to coming back to your blog.

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    • I was a lit major too. I always say that The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was when Joyce started to get a little outrageous. I don’t know if it was his intention to drive his readers batty, but if it was he definitely succeeded.

      I’ve taught adult learners before and it is rewarding. I tutor kids in reading now, which is just as rewarding. Adult learners though are a more invested and can see how what they’re learning benefits them whereas kids not so much. But when you see the look on the kids faces when they get it it’s wonderful.

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      • I think you’re right about The Portrait of the Artist…. Not the sort of book I would have picked up to read on my own. My reading habits were strongly influenced by my parents, whose library books I read after finishing off my own choices for the week.
        I was too introverted even to think about classroom teaching while in college. Although as a freelance academic style editor, I did have fun teaching one on one as needed while supporting grad students through their writing master’s and doctoral papers, as I did through 28 of my 30 years after dropping out of corporate. Even when I was a kid, I didn’t feel comfortable around kids, so that might have influenced my career choices.

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  3. Oooh, I think if there’s one book that intimidates me it’s Ulysses. Good luck with that! I think that if you’re determined, you can do it! 😀
    Also good luck with your interview! What an exciting move in your career that would be. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

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    • Hi Ceri, the operative word is ‘Determined’ and I’m not sure I’m all that determined to read Ulysses. I think I want to read it more for bragging rights.

      Thanks for the good luck wishes. I had my interview today. I’m excited and I think it went well. My fingers, eyes, toes, arms, legs basically anything that can be crossed is crossed. 🤞🤞

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  4. Hi Erika, I’m new to this coffee share group (just posted my 3rd post). I’m always pleased to meet new book addicts. I also applaud your willingness to take on those tough reads. I tend to stay with a genre that I can easily whip through but do force myself to pick up something new or tough from time to time.
    I hope you’ll check out my story blog project: short 10 minute reads that are meant to be both fun & nostalgic but regardless I hope to see more of your shares each week.
    All the best.

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