Becky Boer

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June 2018


Americanah, 43.58%

Why am I always so afraid of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie? I really should learn that every single time I’ve been hesitant to read a work, because I’m afraid that I’m not smart enough or I just won’t get it, I’ve been able to “get it” just fine. I mean, remember the Dostoyevsky experience? “For a long time, I didn’t read Dostoyevsky because I thought I wasn’t smart enough.” So there’s that. Anyway, this is the fourth book  ...

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No Longer a Teacher… But Still Very Much a Teacher

Yesterday, I remembered that I have an Edublogs account. In the summer of 2007, I was entering my third year of teaching, and started a blog to help me reflect on my teaching and improve as an educator. I maintained that blog for exactly 18 days before getting back into my classroom and promptly forgetting about it. Things have changed a lot for me since then. I now live in another country (O Canada!), for starters. I was a teacher for ten years before moving, and have essentially been a  ...

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Update – 2016 Reading Challenge!

A book based on a fairy tale – The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee AhdiehI finished this one pretty early this year. I was surprised at how much I liked it, especially since it was kind of hard for me to get into at first. I think the story was great; it was sort of a remake of Arabian Nights, I think. That part was cool. But I had a really hard time envisioning the story, and the descriptions were tough to follow from time to time. I want to read the next book in the series, because the  ...

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