It's time for some updates on what everyone's reading now. I've finished Saints and Villians by Denise Giardina. A good historical novel about Deitrich Bonhoeffer. While mostly fictitious, a good insight to his life. Also finished A Confederacy of Dunces. Great book! This semester I'm taking a class on teaching methods for young adult literature for my Masters in Teaching. At age 43 and along with two other over 40s in my class, we are enjoying the modern novels we missed during our high school years. We all agreed that being forced to read A Tale of Two Cities, and Shakespeare pretty much ruined our desire to read. Our eyes are being opened to some wonderful novels (old and new) for today's middle to high schoolers. That being said, in four days I've finished Alice, I Think by Susan Juby, and The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. Both are first person journals. Alice was written in 2003, and Outsiders in 1967. I think the latter is considered one of the classic young adult novels. Next I'm reading Shooter by Walter Dean Myer. We're required to read 25 novels this semester, but I think I'll have no problem reading many more as much as I'm enjoying this reading so far.