August 1, 2014
I am looking for an excuse to get out and meet people, particularly people who share common interests. And this is encouragement for me to find balance in my life, especially when my school year gets too busy and all-consuming.
I have a really eclectic taste in books and authors. I enjoy reading some sci fi but lean more toward fantasy. I enjoy YA fiction. (I teach high school.) I enjoy some non-fiction and biography, but am very particular. As a math teacher, I enjoy some of the popular nonfiction about how math applies to our everyday world. I'm trying to read some of the classics I never read when I was in school myself. (I just finished "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair. and am hoping to attack the complete works of Mark Twain.) I enjoy some historical fiction, especially when it takes fact and turns the world on its head (Try Unholy Night By Seth Grahame-Smith). Occasionally I enjoy light and fluffy trashy novels.
Neil Gaiman rocks my world. And I love listening to him reading his own works when I read audiobooks! He's an obvious current author, but there are sooooooo many!
East side! I'm okay with downtown or near west side, too. I'll likely never make it to a far west side location (beyond campus).
I'm a lifelong Madison resident and a high school math teacher by trade and by calling; current politics are trying to drive me to rethink this decision. If I don't rethink the teaching, I may need to rethink the location-as in not in Wisconsin.