#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.
We are in the middle of unseasonably warm temperatures here in Vancouver BC. At 10°C with NO rain, it's perfect for taking the grandchildren to the park or just wandering around outside with a light jacket on. The bad news is that the rains are coming, and with this mild weather forecast for the rest of the month, there is no likelihood of snow.
In the evenings after work I've been finishing up some projects. I finally completed quilting and sewing the binding on these placemats (all 8 of them) that were supposed to be a Christmas gift for my partner. Now I'm trying to get the binding sewn on a baby quilt before I pick up two more quilts from the quilter.
BLOG POSTS LAST WEEK
Tim Tingle is one of my favourite storytellers. This picture book is based on the true story of his grandmother and how she lost and regained her sight. Karen Clarkson's artwork is magnificent.
I love this quote from the end of the book, "We all leave footfalls, everywhere we go. We change the people we meet. If we learn to listen to the quiet and secret music, as my Mawmaw did, we will leave happy footfalls behind us in our going."
NONFICTION PICTURE BOOKS
This biography of Mary Shelley is as brilliantly written as it is brilliantly illustrated. Go and read my blog post to find out more. Once you get a sample of the swoon-worthy art, I'm sure you will be compelled to get a copy to read. I especially appreciated how Linda Bailey, (who is a Canadian author living in my home city) shows us how Frankenstein, (and all stories) have their roots in many different kinds of experiences.
This is a charming little romance. Two high school boys, Arthur and Ben, meet in a New York post office but don’t exchange names or phone numbers. In spite of this inauspicious beginning, they manage to find each other. Because Arthur is returning to Georgia at the end of August, their romance can only be a summer one, or maybe not. What I like most about this book was the focus on how being honest can save a lot of grief.
I liked this well enough. I'm not the target audience, (to much angst for me) but I do think it's an important book. I appreciate that so many of us are questioning society's rigid gender notions. At a personal level, I have always understood that sexual preference is complicated, and for me at least, would be predicated on who I fell in love with. Nic Stone certainly shows us this here.
This was a bit of a shocker. One of the things I love most about this series is each new title reveals a bit more about the inhabitants of Three Pines generally, at the same time as it zeros in on one specific individual. In this case, an unknown hermit, who lives in a cabin just outside the village, is murdered. His body is discovered in the local bistro and antique shop. Olivier, the owner, appears to be the murderer. I'm not sure by the end that Inspector Gamache has it figured out right! (A quick peek at the next in the series suggests I might be correct.)
This is a beautiful book. There are pages where I just wanted to gaze into the gorgeously coloured landscapes and get lost. The message about stewardship of our oceans is timely. It’s part fairytale and part environmental warning. There is also a hint of romance between two women.
The main part of this book tells the story of two Eritrean brothers, Ebo and Kwame, who leave their small village and make their way to Europe. Their journey is gruelling and horrific. The worst part is dealing with the human smugglers who take advantage of them without any care for what will happen to the people.
At the back of the book is a short story that shows women's journey.
I'm reading Escaping Wars and Waves: Encounters with Syrian Refugees by Olivier Kugler I've just started Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice.
My next audiobook will be Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. I also have a hard copy in case that doesn't work. I need to get it finished for my book club! I will start Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith, one of my #MustRead titles from this year. I have growing piles of graphic novels that I will be reading closely for the Cybil awards. I put The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag aside til this week because I had another copy at the library waiting to be picked up.
PROGRESS ON MY READING GOALS
#MustReadIn2018 1/25 1 in progress
25 Books by Canadian Indigenous Authors 0/25 1 in progress
25 books by Canadian Authors 5/25
Goodreads Reading Challenge 15/333