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Well you and I have both noticed that I have not posted anything for some time and despite trying to ‘buy’ time with some personal entries I realise I can no longer fool myself. 52… just ain’t going to happen.

It turns out trying to become a teacher in a year is harder than expected. And with my husband offering incentives (clothes and shoes! ) for high marks all of my attention has turned to my studies. And rightly so I suppose but I should have thought that through before attempting such a lofty goal of 52 books in a year.

So I have offered myself and you this compromise. I’ll do my best. I love reading and writing, and rather than avoiding writing because I am so certain I can’t accomplish my initial goal, I’ll read and write as much as I can manage.

Any who, I’m happy to report that I’m currently sitting on a distinction average in my course, with more high distinction than I have ever seen in my life, so I’m happy with how my teaching ambitions are coming along. It’s exciting to be doing something I like so much.

All my love, xoxo

Next review will be on ‘The Hospital by the River by Dr Catherine Hamilin’ – amazing stuff.

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Coming up…

So I’ve been reading at quite a rapid pace, however whenever I sit down to write a review the residual backchat and white noise of unimpressed Year 9 students fills my head with a slow and stead thump, thump, thump.  So until I get it together here a few cover shots of my reading escapades. Love Jade xoxo

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She got into uni!

Well despite all of my fears that I wouldn’t get in I was accepted into a Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education at the University of Wollongong! As you can imagine I was over the moon about it and the flow on effect that I could resign from my job – yay!

I started on Monday (first day of school picture taken by Levi shown below) and it was an intense but great day and I felt all the positive feelings that I was in the right place at the right time. I can’t believe that in a year I will actually be a teacher. It is an exciting and daunting task but I’m hopeful that this year will be fantastic preparation. I’ll be teaching English and Society and Culture and in just 3 weeks I’ll have my first practical – wow!

Thank you all for your love and support. I’m running slightly behind in my reviews but I will be all caught up in the next little bit. I’m also going to have some guest book reviewers in the coming weeks so I hope you enjoy that. Also bring on the comments and discussion, I love to hear from you!

Lots of love,  Jade xo

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On holiday

Hi all, I’m heading to NZ tonight for my friends wedding so there will be a slight delay in this weeks review. It will be on The Snow Queen by Mardi McConnochie so stay tuned!
Love Jade xo

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And it begins…

 Hi all,  I’m just about to post the first of the 52 reviews for 2010! But first, I thought I’d write down a few of the titles I read in 2009 that are well worth the read. I’ll try to review these through the year, but if you want to know more about any of them sooner, let me know and I’ll give you my thoughts.

The Tea Rose and The Winter Rose – both by Jennifer Donnelly (the third to come out this year) My all time favourite books.

The Red Tent – Anita Diamant

The Tomorrow when the War Began Series – John Marsden (7 books – movie to come out this year)

The Ordinary Princess – M.M. Kaye (Beautiful for young girls and girls young at heart)

We Did Nothing – Linda Polman (Fantastic insight into the UN)

Infidel – Ayaan Hirsi Ali (amazing true story)

Mao’s Last Dancer – Li Cunxin

Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel and Leah – Orson Scott Card (3 books, LDS author)

Anne of Green Gables Series- L.M. Montgomery

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

And that’s it for now. xo

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