January 5, 2012

Holiday Reading Roundup

Well, we’ve almost finished all the Sister’s Grimm books with our nightly read-alouds at home.  We now have to wait with everyone else for book nine coming out in the spring.  My daughter loved them and gave copies away to friends for Christmas so they can catch up and “play Daphane and Sabrina!”  Now we’re reading the last How to Train Your Dragon Book.  Then it’ll probably be the third Harry Potter because she liked dressing up as Hermione so much that she wants a Harry-Potter-themed birthday in March.

The book club read an unnamed Russian minor classic last month.  It remains unnamed because I couldn’t get through the darned thing (and most of the rest of the group didn’t either, including the guy who picked it).  But the great thing about our book club is that the book is often a jumping off point for many other wonderful discussions too.  And anyway, we had to pick next years books!

We’re doing something special for January.  We’re reading Kitchen Confidential and meeting at one of the guys’ houses to cook lots of food and drink to everything.  Should be
fantastic.  The book was certainly a hoot.  I finished it on my holiday travels (along with a few others I have coming up in separate posts).  I especially like how Bourdain describes in detail the pirate-like crew and raucus kitchen he runs, telling you exactly the rules you need in place to have everything go smoothly.  The he observes another chef’s kitchen and points out how basically every ironclad “rule” he has at his own place is broken here and probably for the better.  Even if you don’t cook, you’ll learn some things about what to order (and what now to order) in restaurants and you’ll just learn a whole lot about food in general.  It’s also an R-rated romp of excess and hilarity that’s just fun for it’s own sake.


anniecardi said...

Glad to hear you enjoyed Kitchen Confidential! I enjoy Bourdain's show (and cooking in general) but haven't picked up any of his books yets.

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Hi Jim! Ao nice to "meet" you. I'm visiting from the Mother Reader Comment Challenge, and your blog seems familiar... Have you visited mine? I may have been here before... Anyway, I write picture books (mostly) and blog on same. As an elementary school librarian, you probably know way more about picture books than I ever will :) I run a weekly feature on my blog called Perfect Picture Book Fridays - I'd love to have you join in if you're so inclined. You can learn all about it on my blog, but basically we all post a highly recommended picture book each Friday along with suggestions for use at home and in the classroom and links to activities etc - ways to expand the use of picture books and make it easy for parents and teachers. Also, a good place for writers wanting to study their craft to look. Anyway, the more the merrier! Glad to have found your blog ;)

Jim Randolph said...

Yeah, that's one of the great things about a decent book group. Gets you out of reading ruts. I would have never picked this up on my own, but did enjoy it. Thanks.

I'll look into it, thanks!

Laurie Jess said...

I love your Blog's title, Teacher Ninja is a great choice. I found you through the blog challenge.

Beth Stilborn said...

I love your daughter's reason for giving her friends the books she loves! Sounds like me when I was a kid.

(I'm visiting from the MotherReader Comment Challenge, also.)

Tara said...

I love Bourdain's foodie takes on this and that t.v.channel but have never read any of his stuff...now I shall have to!

Jim Randolph said...

Yeah, many people asked if I would change it when I became a librarian, but "LibrarianNinja" doesn't really trip lightly off the tongue and hey, I'm still a teacher!

She's awesome, thanks.

Have fun!

Beth said...

My book club read Barbara Kingsolver's Animal Vegetable Mineral, and everyone brought something cooked from local ingredients, mostly from the farmer's markets. That was our tastiest meeting yet. Bon Appetit for your January meeting.