Hello everyone. 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.
I am excited. We are picking up our new washer and dryer today!
Titles with a 🍁 indicate this is a Canadian or Indigenous Canadian Author and or Illustrator.
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Don't Hug Doug by Carrie Finison & Daniel Wiseman (Illustrator) January 26, 2021
This is an ideal book to begin conversations about consent.
I was wowed by this duo's The Old Truck. This is even more powerful. It's got the aspect of time going by and people aging. It's got the passing on from one generation to the next. It's the focus on the environment and cleaning it up that is profound here. Thank you Linda B for introducing me to these.
Evelyn del Rey Is Moving Away by Meg Medina & Sonia Sanchez (illustrator) September 8, 2020
Two best friends must say goodbye because one of them is moving. They enjoy their last day together until the heartwrenching end when they have to part. I was heartbroken for them until I turned the to the last page that gives readers a sneak into the future.
Seo Kim's detailed illustrations are drop dead gorgeous. A Hmong family with a young girl move into a new neighbourhood. They begin a cautious relationship with the elderly neighbours across the street. Soon twin boys are born. As the year cycles round, the young girl collects memories. She ends up sharing them with the older man after his wife dies.
As if this wasn't a wonderful enough story as it is, I discovered at the end of the book that it is essentially a true story.
Snooze-O-Rama: The Strange Ways That Animals Sleep by Maria Birmingham & Kyle Reed (Illustrator) March 15, 2021 🍁
Tola lives in a run-down block of apartments in the megacity of Lagos, in the country of Nigeria. In three chapters we learn what life is like for her, her sister, her brother, and Grandmommy. The first involves a visit to the market with plenty of rest stops on the way home. The next shows how the family copes when there is no water or electricity. In the third one, Tola helps out their local tailor when he breaks his leg. All of these vignettes show us a community working together and helping each other. I sure hope there are more Tola books! I adore her!
I like Amina and her Muslim family a lot. I look forward to seeing where their story takes them next.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, Henning Koch (Translator) & George Newbern (Narrator) August 27, 2012
My heart always feels full when I finish a Fredrik Backman novel. Ove is one of those cranky old men you can't help but love.
In an article in the Guardian, Patrick Ness said that his comfort read is the "Discworld by Terry Pratchett. I am always at some point through the cycle (I’m currently on The Thief of Time). They’re not only gloriously funny, they’re humane in a way that makes you actually feel seen and forgiven, with all your faults. He was a one-off, Sir Terry. When I finish reading them through, I simply put the last book down and pick the first one up again."
Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett
We Are All Under One Wide Sky by Deborah Wiles
Lentil Soup by Carole Tremblay, & Maurèen Poignonec
Books by Canadian Indigenous Authors 16/25
Books by Canadian Authors: 51/100
Canada Reads 2021 4/5
Discworld Series 39/41
Goodreads Reading Challenge: 187/333