#IMWAYR time again, when readers share what they have been reading and find out what others have been up to in the past week. The adult version of this meme is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. The kidlit rendition is hosted by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers. Whatever you are looking forward to in your next great read, these are fabulous places to start your search.
Whoopee! I finished sewing all the different parts of my quilt, and am now in the process of jointing them. It's very exciting to see it all come together. I'll post a picture to show off next week.
I didn't get enough Chocolate Lily reading accomplished this week. I've had a pile of library books that had to be read and returned by Saturday. Aside from all the sewing, I've spent a lot of time in the hospital visiting an elderly cousin who is waiting for a heart valve to be replaced. My siblings and cousins around here are doing our best to keep her and her husband company. It's been pretty stressful for them since they are not from a big city. It's true though, that every cloud has a silver lining, because we've gotten to know each other a whole lot better.
Unless I've been sewing, I've tried to focus on reading print. It hasn't been easy. I'm the woman walking on the busy downtown street with her nose in a book and crying her eyes out on the bus while reading.
BLOG POSTS THIS WEEK
Good Pirate by Kari-Lynn Winters & Dean Griffiths (Illustrations)
Augusta Garrick is daughter to Barnacle Garrick, a ferocious pirate captain. Augusta likes to be clean and fancy, two traits her father despises. Everyone knows that pirates should be rotten, sneaky and brainy. It looks like Augusta might be a failure as a pirate. Yet when Captain Fishmonger boards their ship, it's up to Augusta to use her brains and save the day.
Dean Griffiths' illustrations are vibrant, fun and loaded with details that enhance the reader's experience. I'm not sure younger readers will appreciate the humour in showing these sea dogs as actual dogs, but I enjoyed it. Now I need to read Bad Pirate, the prequel to this.
When the Rain Comes by Alma Fullerton & Kim La Fave (Illustrations)
This story, set in Sri Lanka, tells the story of a young girl, Malini, who has to save an ox, cart, and rice seedlings when a sudden monsoon rain strikes. Alma Fullerton's verse is beautifully dynamic. Kim La Fave's illustrations are gorgeous. The images and text coalesce so that the reader experiences the storm and danger Malini faces.
My only concern about this book is that while it is a book that shows life in another culture, it's neither written or illustrated by a member of it.
Flying Lessons and Other Stories by Ellen Oh (Editor), Kwame Alexander, Kelly J. Baptist, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Pena, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, Jacqueline Woodson
I started reading this book on a crowded bus. Before I realized it, I was weeping. Matt de la Pena's story isn't sad. It's just an beautifully written tale about a boy, basketball, and what he learns about his father. The rest of these short stories are equally compelling and fabulously unique. I've added some new authors to my list of people to read more of. I sure hope there will be a second volume.
Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan, Narrated by Josh Hurley & Vikas Adam
This is an important book that shows us what it's like to be an new immigrant, as well as a student with some cognitive challenges. It wasn't easy to read all the bullying scenes, especially the ones in the classroom with the teacher right there. My teaching experience feels so different from this. I suspect this book would make a good classroom read aloud as it is filled with issues that many students will connect to.
The Mesmerist by Ronald L. Smith (Netgalley)
I wish I enjoyed this book more than I did. It started out swell, but somewhere along the way, it lost me. Ok, it wasn't terrible, but I was confused without cause too often in this story of a girl who discovers she has mindreading as well as other fantastic powers.
I really really despise this ending.
A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen & Kate Simses (Narrator)
I enjoyed this historical novel about East Germany just after the building of the Berlin Wall. It would make a good companion piece for Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet. I ended up disenchanted with Nielsen after finding the last two books in her Ascendance Trilogy filled with gratuitous violence. I'm glad I took a chance on this one. While there is some violence and many tense moments, it feels appropriate for the context of the story. I couldn't help but care for these characters and worried about what would happen to them.
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
I'm not sure what exactly to say about this book, except that it was ok. It didn't knock my socks off in the way that More Happy Than Not did. I pushed myself to finish it because it is on my 2017 must read list this year. I'm glad that I persisted because I ended up appreciating the story and characters in this coming of age book more than I thought I would. I just couldn't connect to their emotional reality. And if I am being honest, I don't like books filled with teenage relationship angst. I suspect I'm just too old and over that.
I'm still reading Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Battling Bots by Liam O'Donnell and Mike Deas. (well actually I didn't turn a page last week, but I did carry it around with me.) I'm listening to Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott a bit at a time, but I'm thinking I'll listen to it all, and then go back and read it a bit at a time.
I absolutely have to read at least two novels from my Chocolate Lily box, so I just grabbed two that I will complete: A Rare Gift by G. Rosemary Ludlow and a day of signs and wonders by Kit Pearson. I've got The Boat Rocker by Ha Jin ready to go for my next audiobook.
PROGRESS ON MY READING GOALS
#MUSTREADNFIN2017 1/12, 1 in progress
50 Books by Canadian Indigenous Authors 10/50
Chocolate Lily (CL) 19/52
Goodreads Reading Challenge 80/333