The weather last week in my part of the world has been overcast, wet, and cool. My garden is out of control, but I am a fair-weather gardener, so I'm leaving it alone til I get better working conditions. Besides, the raspberries and strawberries are kind of tasteless without sun.
On the positive side, I've had lots of time for reading and writing. I should try to get the chaos that is my sewing room under control. I keep going in and looking at the disaster, then shutting the door and ignoring it. Maybe I will get to it this week.
I'm writing this early Sunday morning because the family is coming over for supper tonight and I expect I will be too exhausted by the time they leave to start then. I doubt I will have finished anything, but hope to squeeze some reading time in of some kind or another.
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I love love love this series.
I love this family. I love the humour. I adore Emily Hughes illustrations.
Pancakes, birthday shopping and a special cake for mom fill these three stories.
Unfortunately my grandkids won't sit still for this much text on a page, but I did catch Ada browsing through the book on her own.
I did not have to wait for children, but my son and daughter in law did. This book could have been written for them. I'm sure many other parents will think it is for them.
What I can tell you is that our granddaughter, Ada, was worth waiting for.
I liked the beginning of this book well enough. Then it went on and on with all kinds of teenage romantic angst. I really liked the first book in the series, so saying this saddens me. I increased the speed of the audiobook just to get it finished. I won’t be reading the next in the trilogy unless hell freezes over.
Of course, I’m too old to be the target audience anyway so you should probably ignore this review.
This book made me anxious while reading it. That's a testimony to how well it is written.
Zoey, her mother, and three younger siblings, live with her mom's boyfriend, Larry. There are many good things about living there, but her mother has changed from the courageous, confident woman she once was.
While life at home is hard, and Zoey has a lot of responsibility for her younger siblings, she is lucky to be seen by one of her teachers, Ms Rochambea. Ms Rochambeau makes sure Zoey becomes a member of debate club, and does her best to help Zoey become more sure of herself.
This book takes a close look at what it means to live in poverty. By the end, readers will be rooting for Zoey to find a way to lift herself above her beginnings.
I am enjoying this mystery series featuring Cheroke Indian, Thumps Dreadfulwater, an ex cop turned art photographer. It's hilarious that he continues to be a sleuth whether he wants to be or not. I read Cold Skies (the third one) first. I loved the characters then, and found it fascinating meeting them as they were presented in the first novel.
I loved the humour, the suspense, and the convoluted plot. I've already put a hold on the second book.
The United Nations consists of Shay, Julia, and Isabella. All three girls come from separate ethnic backgrounds but have been best friends since they were in grade three. Their first year at middle school brings all kinds of obstacles and opportunities. Surviving with their friendship still intact might be their biggest challenge.
Shayla is one of those memorable characters you meet in middle grade fiction. She's an authentic kid with a big heart caught up in normal kinds of friendship issues against the backdrop of another shooting of a black man by police.
There are a lot of pages in this graphic novel but I anticipated it would be a relatively easy read. I was wrong. It is so intense that I could only read chunks of it at a time. It's the story of Matt Rizzo, a young blind man who in the 1930s ends up in prison. As much as he wanted to die, he connected with another nefarious prisoner who helped him find redemption through reading Dante's Inferno and writing poetry.
After he was paroled, he kept his past a secret, married and had a child. The marriage fell apart when his secret was revealed. It's only when his son, Charlie, begins to follow the gangster path, that he tells the truth about his history.
David L. Carlson has included Matt Rizzo's own words in this biography. Landis Blair's darkly detailed, gritty art integrates the text in such a way that you have to spend time absorbing them. It's the combination that makes the book so profound.
I am listening to The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart. I'm reading The Serpent King by Jeff Zentnerin in book format and as an ebook from Netgalley, Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson. I'm forcing myself to savour, and not speed through Salt by Nayyirah Waheed. Her poetry is just stunning.
I'm hoping to get to Lost Girl by Anne Ursu, Orange for the Sunsets by Tina Athaide and listening to Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga as my next audiobook.
PROGRESS ON MY READING GOALS
#MustReadIn2018 13/25 2 in progress
25 Books by Canadian Indigenous Authors 16/25
25 books by Canadian Authors 32/25
Big Book Reading Challenge 4/4
Goodreads Reading Challenge 216/333