I think there’s a lot to be said for giving students freedom to pick their books. My parents and a couple of my hipper middle school teachers gave me that freedom, and I ended up coming around to an English degree and a specialization in the Great Books, working through the Western tradition. Since graduation, I’ve read things like the aforementioned Ethan Frome but also re-read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows aloud with my husband :)
Sorry, Tumblr, I have neglected you. But when I get my new kitty, pictures will be abundant. I can’t even decide on a name yet because I don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl (hope hope it’s a girl— I don’t want a boy spraying everywhere). But the names in the running are as follows:
For a boy: Godfrey, Ralph, or Aloysius (I’d call him Wishus, of course)
For a girl: Eleanor (Ellie) or Bea
I’ve been wanting an all gray cat for like forever, and I’ve found one. I like giving animals people names, and a gray animal should have an old person name, right? They’re all very respectable names, except maybe Ralph. Haley took in a kitten for a while and I named him Ralph, but she wouldn’t call him Ralph, so the name is still in my animal name bank just in case the cat looks/acts Ralphish. I’m not totally satisfied with my girl cat names, though, so suggestions are welcome. The name must sound like an old rich lady and be nicknameable, though. Last names are also welcome. I like Willoughby myself.
You may not use the name Eleanor, as we plan to have a little girl definitely called Ella and perhaps named Elinor in the not-too-distant future, and I don’t want to differentiate between “human Elinor” and “cat Eleanor.”
That’s all. Willoughby is a fine last name (and in keeping with the Sense & Sensibility theme established by Elinor, you supposed Austen hater).