Hello out there. It's #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.
In March I started doing morning pages and in April that turned into poetry writing. Poetry is much harder to write. Some days I'm lucky to get one or two lines that I can live with.
Other than that, I've been outside working in the garden. So far we have beans, peas, lettuce, shallots, onions, beets, carrots and potatoes planted. The weather turned a bit chilly last week so all we did was get the rest of it ready for when it's warm enough to put the rest of the seedlings in.
My partner and I are excited to be getting our first jab today.
Titles with a 🍁 indicate this is a Canadian or Indigenous Canadian Author and or Illustrator.
Clicking on the title will take you to the Goodreads page of the book.
The art in this one is bloody gorgeous! It’s so brilliant that after being immersed in the imagery of the storm, it was hard to return to the story and accept that anything or any living being could survive.
The Old Truck by Jarrett Pumphrey January 7, 2020
Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets: An Unusual Alphabet by Sara O'Leary & Jacob Grant (Illustrator) December 4, 2018 🍁
The animals in this book are presented in alphabetical order. Each page tells something about that critter. Did you know that, "Alligators think you'd like them if you got to know them?" I was happy to read that "jellyfish don't care if you think they look funny when they dance."
Jacob Grant's illustrations show each creature delightfully. But what I most like about this book is how much I can connect to each of these animal's secrets. I think younger folks will too.
Neekna and Chemai by Jeannette Armstrong & Barbara Marchand (Illustrator) October 1, 1991 🍁
It cycles through the seasons of one year. We learn how the people gather different kinds of food and prepare it so it will be there for the winter when they need it. Integrated into the story is a relationship of respect for one another and the environment.
The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (as Told to His Brother) by David Levithan February 2, 2021
Lucas' brother Aiden disappeared for six days. Then he suddenly reappeared in the family's attic. He claims to have been in the land of Aveinieu. Lucas believes him because Aiden returned with a blue, diamond shaped leaf in his hair. He's the only one.
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig August 13, 2020
This is a sad book to finish on Earth Day. Here are a couple of quotes that tell you what the book is about.
“Right now we are in the midst of the Sixth Extinction, this time caused solely by humanity’s transformation of the ecological landscape.”
“in pushing other species to extinction, humanity is busy sawing off the limb on which it perches.” Paul Ehrlich
Commander Sam Vimes and his family are on vacation in the country at Lady Sybil's ancestral lands. He doesn't get much rest. There is a murder to solve, corrupt politicians to deal with, and the matter of the oppression of the goblins to resolve. While Pratchett's humour is here in this one, it's less pointed than it is in other novels. Perhaps that is just me knowing that this is the last Sam Vimes novel.
#MustReadIn2021 8/25 one in progress
Books by Canadian Indigenous Authors 15/25
Books by Canadian Authors: 36/100
Canada Reads 2021 4/5
Discworld Series 39/41
Goodreads Reading Challenge: 156/333