#IMWAYR time again, when readers share what they have been reading and find out what others have been up to in the past week. Kathryn hosts the adult version of this meme at Book Date. Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers host the kidlit rendition. Whatever you are looking forward to in your next great read, these are fabulous places to start your search.
It was a hard week for me. We received news of the unexpected death of a close friend at the beginning of the week. My partner and I are still trying to get our heads around how someone who lived such a rich, meaningful life could be gone so young. He was only sixtyfive. I've been trying to write poetry because often that helps, but nothing feels real enough.
Our heart aches even more for his wife and two children. How do you carry a grief too heavy for words, a loss is so profound not even poetry can name it?
On top of all that I've developed a sinus infection. My head is so foggy that I can't focus on any kind of text. I managed to listen to a few audiobooks while working on a set of matching shirts for my son and his baby. We celebrated my son's birthday by going out for dim sum and then coming home to eat icecream cake with hot fudge sauce. I would have had the shirts finished but with my head such a mess, if I don't do everything slowly, I end up making mistakes! I hope to get them finished soon!
The babies and I read lots of board books, but nothing new this week.
You and Me, Me and You by Miguel Tanco
I love this book so much. I ordered it sight unseen as a possible birthday gift for my son and his eight month old baby. It reveals many truths about what we gain from being a parent with tenderness and humour. It will be perfect for them.
The Lion Inside by Rachel Bright & Jim Field (Illustrator)
I liked the message that we all have strengths and weaknesses well enough. Jim Field's illustrations are charming. My problem with it is that the rhythm and rhyme pattern change so that I lost the pace. Having to stop and figure out what was going on distracted me from the story. It was better the second time round when I knew what was going on, but I still faltered.
MIDDLE GRADE NOVELS
Pablo and Birdy written and narrated by Alison McGhee
This was a beautiful story. I am a fan of magical realism anyway, but this tale of love and letting go was filled with such gentle tenderness, I know that Pablo and Birdy will stay with me for a while.
Sammy Keyes And the Dead Giveaway by Wendelin Van Draanen & Tara Sands (Narrator)
Sammy wrestles with her conscience, helps an elderly lady, deals with corrupt politicians, goes on her first 'date' and finds parts of a dead body. She sure lives an interesting life. Have I mentioned how much I love the Sammy Keyes series?
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin & Rob Inglis (Narrator)
I've been meaning to get to this series for ages. While I read Le Guin's science fiction when I was younger, I don't remember reading this. When she died earlier this year, I was determined to get to it. The book was ok, I liked the ending more than the beginning, but I've still put the next one on hold.
Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar
This historical MG novel has compelling characters situated in India before the British left. Supriya Kelkar reveals the complexity of the situation at the time and portrays her characters as multifaceted human beings. Not only do we see what life was like under British rule, she highlights the problems of the caste system and the tensions between the Muslim and Hindu peoples.
I've been carrying Wish by Barbara O'Connor around with me for a few days, but have barely opened it. I'm listening to another Sammy Keyes by Wendelin Van Draanen since none of my other audiobooks were available yet. I read a bit of This Accident of Being Lost: Songs and Stories by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. I couldn't handle any more of Palestine with everything else going on last week.
I have 4 books due at the library in 6 days. I am not sure if I will get to them all, but I am determined to read The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch.
PROGRESS ON MY READING GOALS
#MustReadIn2018 6/25 1 in process
25 Books by Canadian Indigenous Authors 2/25 1 in progress
Goodreads Reading Challenge 73/333