I watched dozens of school closings scroll across the bottom of the television this morning as I ironed my husband's work shirt. The impending doom of another winter snow storm was already upon us, and many schools to the west were shutting down for the day. Forecasters predict hundreds more for tomorrow morning as the flakes continue to fly. This provides me with another great opportunity to squeeze in more reading from my list. After the husband departed and the house was clean, I settled onto the couch to finish the incredible page-turner Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon. A "best book of 2009" according to many sources, this was a two-sitting read for me. Look for a strong recommendation to come. (For the Ohioans, Chaon is a Cleveland Heights resident and professor at Oberlin College. In his book he references many local landmarks from Euclid Avenue and Higbee's to the Millennium Force at Cedar Point.)

On a lighter note, I moved on to Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery and wondered,  "How could I have not read this series in my youth?" Anne Shirley is one of the most lovable characters I have ever met, and you cannot help but smile when she launches into one of her pre-teen monologues littered with the language of an English major. Who says juvenile lit is not for adults? Pick this one up and have some fun.


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