Sunday, October 30, 2016

October Reading Receipt

Linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy!

Two books in October...Last month I blamed my puny number on work, so this month I'm gonna go ahead and blame baseball.  THE CUBS MADE IT INTO THE WORLD SERIES!!!!  With the two playoff series and now the actual World Series, my time to read in the evening has been limited.  But I wouldn't have missed a minute of this wild ride for anything.  Now join me for a moment in saying a prayer that we can still pull this thing off...

Disclaimer: I did not actually read this first book in the month of October.  Note that the sign says "August", but I think I finished it in September.  Somehow it got lost in the shuffle between my August and September receipts, and it was just too good to not mention.  So I'm going to go ahead and throw it on October's receipt.

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin had a main character who leapt off the pages for me.  Lavinia "Vinnie" Warren Bump Stratton was a little person who traveled the world with P.T. Barnum in the years surrounding the Civil War.  She married the most famous little person of her time, General Tom Thumb.  I've mentioned before that I so enjoy Benjamin's fictional non-fiction tales very much. This one was no exception.

The second book was We Are Unprepared by Meg Little Reilly.  Young professional hipsters, Ash and Pia, leave their lives in Brooklyn to live a more authentic life in Ash's beloved home state of Vermont.  Unfortunately, they quickly find out they are not ready for a brutal oncoming storm in their rural Vermont home. This book did an excellent job of portraying how disaster shines a light on all the cracks of a relationship.  I was prepared for more of the story of the storm, however it focused mostly on the impending doom and dread the characters face in light of the still to come storm.  I actually found it more interesting this way. 

This is the first time in a bit that I've been unsure of what to read next.  I have several things on my Kindle I've bought on incredible sale, maaaaaany choices from the Friends of the Library September Sale, and three or four unread Book of the Month choices.  I need to make a choice, and I will - right after tonight's game.


Saturday, October 1, 2016

September Reading Receipt

Linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy.

Alas, only two books were read this month.  September has been an incredibly busy month for me with my job.  And one of the books I read was related to my job.  Go figure.

I read The Power of Play by David Elkind, not because I had to, but because I wanted some affirmation for my feelings about the inappropriate place we are in in education today.  Well, this did the trick.  So it didn't really tell me anything I didn't already believe, but it feels good to be validated in one's beliefs some days.  We really need to let these kids be.  There needs to be an uprising against all the testing and (almost worse) test prep that has taken over our school day.  It made me think about my own culpability in participating in this type of arrangement.  If we could all (teachers, parents, school boards, administration, tax payers) stand up and say no, this wouldn't be the case.

<Head shake>

Okay, let's just leave that topic for now and get back to books.  The other book I read this month was All The Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood.  I could have selected this from Book of the Month last month, but I opted for The Couple Next Door instead, which I have not read yet.  This seems to keep happening to me with BOTM Club.  I waver between a couple of choices, pick one, then order the other from the library and end up liking that one best.  I saw our local library post they had Ugly and Wonderful on their Facebook page and when I logged onto my library account, I saw it was just sitting there on the shelf.  I requested it and had it in my hands two days later.  And even though I have not read Couple yet, I am betting I should have gone with Ugly to begin with.  It was such a compelling story that I had a hard time putting it down when I picked it up each night.  Some people may find this story very controversial or even sick, but that's where it finds its brilliance in my opinion.  I thought the way it switched narratives was interesting.  I don't always enjoy multiple narratives, but this was done so well. 

That's all for this month.  Here's to a more productive October!  Right after I finish inputting every answer to these test scores in the computer...