It's time for The Cephalopod Coffeehouse, hosted by The Armchair Squid.
The idea is simple: on the last Friday of each month, post about the best book you've finished over the past month while visiting other bloggers doing the same. In this way, we'll all have the opportunity to share our thoughts with other enthusiastic readers.
My book for January is Being Miss: A fictional account of a teacher's day in a boys' independent school by our blogger friend, Fran Hill. Fran, I love you. Just in case you don't know already, I do. I can't help loving you. You make me laugh so hard.
Fran blogs at Being Me. You should follow her, but put on your nappie before you read her posts.
Because e-books are a bit hard on my weak, beady little eyes, I was thrilled when Being Miss became a paperback. I expected a lot of you, Fran, and you didn't disappoint.
Being Miss is funny and quirky and adorable and everything I want it to be.
Lord, have mercy. If a student isn't picking his nose, then another one barfs up everything he's eaten in his entire life. "Miss" tries to teach these darling angels while dealing with her fear that she's about to be fired, and worrying that the entire staff will soon know how technologically deficient she is.
Fran, you had me with the first paragraph:
The good news: I dreamt about Johnny Depp again last night. He snogged my neck, and said, 'I don't care if you're in your mid-forties, five foot two, and the whole of Keira Knightley could fit into one leg of your trousers. You are all I have ever wanted in a woman.' The bad news: we were in a classroom, watched by eighty Year 9s with wildebeest ambitions, plus all their parents, the Big Issue man from outside Tesco, my Auntie Maud who died in 1983, and a school inspector in the corner.
Hard to believe, I know, but it only gets better from there.
If you live in the U.S., then please purchase Being Miss at http://goo.gl/5kcH4i, or buy the Kindle edition on Amazon at http://goo.gl/efMsMP. If you are fortunate enough to live in the UK with Miss herself, then you can order the book from Fran on her blog at http://goo.gl/YUSJ5Q, which you can also reach by visiting Being Me.
You can even check out Fran's work on her next book by signing up to follow her at https://www.facebook.com/
Amazing, isn't it, that Johnny Depp says virtually the same thing in Miss's dreams as he does in mine?
Being Miss earns The Janie Junebug Seal of Highest Approval.
Infinities of love,