Books I read in November 2022

Books I read in November 2022

Books I finished reading (or rereading) in November 2022…

Hope you’re reading something fun too!

Book Review: Annotation

Book Review: Annotation

I finally had a chance to read Annotation by Remi Kalir and Antero Garcia. Although I’ve never met Antero, Remi is my faculty colleague here at the University of Colorado Denver. Remi tells fascinating stories about annotation (no, really!), so I was excited to read his thoughts in print.

The book highlights five key functions of annotation: providing information, sharing commentary, sparking conversation, expressing power, and aiding learning. Chapter 5 on expressing power probably was my favorite, particularly the sections on the #MeToo poetry of Isobel O’Hare and Alexandra Bell’s use of posters to challenge racial stereotypes in The New York Times. The book has numerous interesting examples of annotation in action (hint: it’s not just people writing notes in the margins of printed books) and is at its best when it is discussing these real world exemplars.

Although I am an active reader, I’m not much of an annotator other than highlighting passages or quotes for later. Until I met Remi, I hadn’t really given much thought to the practice of annotation. The book gave me some new lenses through which to think about this practice.

Whether you’re a reading geek or not, Annotation is a quick read that should spark your thinking in some new directions. If you want to get a taste beforehand, here are a couple of podcasts with Remi to get you started:

Be sure to also check out the #SharpieActivism hashtag for another fascinating story of annotation. And, as always, I hope that you’re reading something fun and interesting too!

Image credit: Annotation, Remi Kalir

Books I read in September 2022

The Blacktongue ThiefBooks I finished reading (or rereading) in September 2022…

Highly possible that The Blacktongue Thief will be the best fiction book that I read this year… Hope you’re reading something fun too!

Books I read in August 2022

Ministry for the FutureBooks I finished reading (or rereading) in August 2022…

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Books I read in July 2022

Liberate!Books I finished reading (or rereading) in July 2022…

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2022 Fantasy baseball mid-season update

At the All-Star Game break, here are the standings in both of my educator fantasy baseball leagues…


  1. Buckeye Ballers, Toby Fischer
  2. CAM Cougars, Dominic Giegerich
  3. Technauts, Joe Bires
  4. Twinkies, Scott McLeod
  5. Bayou Buffalos, Vinnie Vrotny
  6. TheBrewz, Jeremy Brueck
  7. Good Trouble, Jon Becker (last year’s champ)
  8. Greyhounds, John Spencer
  9. Maineiacs, Harold Shaw
  10. Optimistic Mets Fan, Reshan Richards
  11. Dutch’s Detroiters, Rick Heitmeyer
  12. Let’s Play Two, Bob Dillon

Rounding for Home 22

  1. Nesi’s Quicks, Chris Nesi
  2. Impossible Dreamers, Patrick Larkin
  3. Sandlot Success, AJ Bianco
  4. Windfield Wants Noise, Jason Buccheri
  5. All 4 Shifts, Guy Ryan
  6. Juuuust a Bit Outside, Scott McLeod
  7. The Moonlight Grahams, Donnie Piercey
  8. Paternity / IL All-Stars (formerly You Down With CBT?), Dave Quinn
  9. Eephus Pitch, Aaron Hogan
  10. Who Needs Pants?, Dean Shareski
  11. Papi’s Green Monsters, Cale Birk 
  12. Chad’s Crazy Crew, Chad Lehman

The top 6 teams in each league make the playoffs… Should be an exciting next few weeks!

Books I read in May 2022

Street DataBooks I finished reading (or rereading) in May 2022…

I really enjoyed Street Data. It’s an introduction to qualitative / action research in education with a strong equity lens. I highly recommend it!

Hope you’re reading something fun too!