Hurrah! It's time for #IMWAYR. Much thanks to Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers for hosting this weekly event where bloggers share what they have been reading in the world of kidlit. It might take me a few days to finish up reading everyone's posts this week since I'm away from home until Wednesday.
This will be my first August first in decades where I don't begin to fret that the summer is half over and it is time to gear up for teaching in the fall. I am very thankful for this new life I am entering. I hope to continue along as part of this blogging community for the next while for sure or at least until I get caught up on my middle grade reading.
This week, I'm doing things a bit differently because the book I am in the middle of, One Native Life by Richard Wagamese, just won't wait. It isn't a new title and has been on my to read list for ages. I finally got around to picking it up. I am seriously in awe of this author. It is exquisitely written. Wagamese has put together a collection of memories, so each section is a short story telling us something about a significant part of his life. It is reminiscent of the finest poetry. The messages he imparts are profound learnings about the world.
See what a I mean from these snippets so far?
For the past few days I've been hanging out with my two sisters. We have been having a fabulous time, but my reading life has been minimal. I did manage to finish a few remarkable books before we met and I am trying to sneak in time to read the aforementioned title.
Everybody Sees The Ants by A.S. King
Here is the thing about A.S. King, I'm pretty sure the worst of her writing is still better than most people's best. I swear I enjoy each book more than the last. In this case, it isn't just that I am a sucker for magical realism, but that is definitely part of the appeal of this one for me. Mostly King pulls many diverse narratives together seamlessly and leaves the reader stunned. It is about bullying. It's about the ramifications of war. It's about growing up in a culture of people who are mostly helpless. It's also about hope and taking a stand.
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Chicken Farmer by Kelly Jones
Upon finishing this book (well and during it also) I desperately wanted to run right out and purchase a flock of chickens, even if they didn't have super powers. This is a story of a city family struggling to make ends meet on their departed Uncle's farm that just happens to have pretty amazing chickens. I am pretty sure this will be one of the novels that makes my top ten at the end of this year.
The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan
I enjoyed listening to this story of a girl and a boy caught up in circumstances beyond their control. This one is loaded with adventure and close calls. While there is ample action, it is also thoughtful.
Arlene Sardine by Chris Raschka
Beth Shaum mentioned this book last week and I discovered it was available as a digital download. I read it and laughed uproariously at the same time as gasping OMG. (So did my sister) This is a dark and twisted tale of a small fish who longs to become a sardine. It reveals the process it goes through to have its dream come true. I loved this book, but am not certain I would get if for a school library. However, if you are looking for a picture book that demonstrates satire...
As well as One Native Life, I'm listening to Princess X by Cherie Priest. Im pretty sure I am missing a lot since I don't get to see all the graphic components of the story.
I've got about 5 audiobooks that have come available for me to read from the library. I guess this means I am going to have to find a sewing project to work on, or else do some serious house cleaning and/or gardening.