TSS 12-16-12

I have to say, I’m not feeling particularly chatty after Friday’s horrific tragedy. There is just something extra-disturbing about a school shooting that targets such young kids. Don’t get me wrong, it is horrible when it happens to high schoolers or college students, but kindergarteners??? I also can’t stop thinking about the little girl who was killed at the school I used to teach at when her brother was playing with their mother’s boyfriend’s gun and accidentally shot her. I’ll use the extra time I spend not chatting here to hug my babies and contact my elected representatives and tell them to DO SOMETHING about guns, since 80% of all guns used in mass shootings over the past 30 years – as well as the one that killed the sweet little girl who would now be 12 – were obtained legally.

As a heads up, this is my last Sunday Salon of 2012. I have one more review tomorrow, plus my ‘best of’ list on Tuesday. My year-end wrap-up will come in the first week  of 2013, as will my D.E.A.R. post for the books I’m looking forward to in 2013.

Anyway, if you even care after Friday’s catastrophe, here’s what I read and reviewed this week:

What I read:

What I reviewed:

I also posted Emma Straub’s chocolate chip cookie recipe and a sneak peek at my 2012 ‘best of’ list.

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9 comments to TSS 12-16-12

  • I’ll be honest I don’t think any of us are feeling particularly chatty after Friday’s tragedy. I’ve had very few updates anywhere online (Facebook or Twitter or on my blog). I usually keep my blog posts short anyway and today was no problem at all in doing that. I think you’re right somehow it seems to be worse when it’s smaller kids, although in reality I’m sure that it would be just as horrific for parents of older children too and is just as horrific for the relatives of the adults who died too. :(

    • Yes, you’re right, for the families of those involved I don’t think it matters the age of the victim, but as an outside observer there is a special horror to the murder of five year olds, especially those that the shooter doesn’t even really know.

  • I was ambivalent about posting this weekend, too. And I know exactly what you mean. All these tragedies are equally horrific, but there is nothing quite like reading a list of 6- and 7-year-old victims names :-( Thanks for the Mother Jones link. I will check it out.

  • Thanks again for the link — I appreciated the fact that the MJ article didn’t oversimplify the issue by making it sound as if it’s all about lax gun control laws. There is a complex combination of factors. And there are no words to describe how strongly I feel about the mental health issue.

  • Wow…I feel the same way about the mental illness factor. Everybody seems so quick to point the finger and blame, but nobody wants to talk about the deep down issues…the ones that really count.

  • It has been a hard week. I have been emotional and weepy. Listening to audio this week has helped.

  • Look forward to what you think about The Tiger book and Jojo Moyes book. Is the Tiger as good as they say?