Saturday, November 19, 2016

Sunday Post #20

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  It's "a chance to share news, a post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog."

Reading This Week: 6 books

I read the first Percy Jackson graphic novel aloud at my son's request.  It felt a bit rushed, more of an outline to a story than the full thing, but it was okay, so I wound up reading the next one, in large part because my kid leaves stuff strewn around, and it was near me when I was eating.

I've been meaning to read The Seventh Wish since hearing about the controversy last summer.  It's excellent, and I am appalled that there is even any question of it being kept out of school libraries.

I got the entire His Fair Assassins series as part of my grant, and have finally found a chance to start them.  I'm really enjoying them, and especially like how the books focus on a different character but refer to each other easily.  They're not blowing me away or anything, but they're good.

I picked up Gaijin for my classroom recently, as I continually work to keep up with the demand for graphic novels.  I didn't look at it too closely, and thought it would be about an American who was a prisoner of war in Japan in WWII.  Ten seconds of thought would have cleared that up--it features the Golden Gate Bridge on the cover, after all.  This is a terrific and colorful graphic novel inspired by the author's great-aunt and her family.  An Irish-American with biracial children and an estranged Japanese husband, she spent the war in an internment camp rather than be separated from her children.  The protagonist of the story is a Japanese American boy who struggles with hatred from both sides as he and his mom spend time in an Assembly Center before being sent to a desert interment camp.

And of course, I'm still listening to Pillars of the Earth.  The pace of listening to a book really makes the structure of a plot visible, just as I noticed with the very different A Night Divided.  Crisis--solution.  New crisis--new solution.  Setback--recover.  Setback--recovery.  I love the large but focused tapestry of the book.  I'm less fond of the way every ugly person is evil, and every good person is beautiful.  There is ONE beautiful, evil person, but otherwise there is too strong of a correlation.  As a decidedly plain person, I resent this.  

Blogging this week:

I spent a lot of time last weekend writing posts, so I had several go up this week--four.  Not being particularly interested in chatting about movies (I like Life is Beautiful and Princess Bride, if you must know), I wrote another Slice of Life post on Tuesday, talking about how I spend the three hours to myself I've lucked into every other Saturday this year.  I posted my second "Does Your Mother Know You're Reading That?" post, talking about how I label my more controversial books and giving some specific examples of books I've added to or taken off the YA shelf.   I wrote a post discussing two Chris Crutcher novels and his memoir, and I participated again in the Diversity Spotlight Thursday event, spotlighting books with characters on the autism spectrum.  

Life this week:

Two days at a training for work, then back at school for three days of frantically trying to cram in five days worth of material, since the sub tried, but didn't really get the kids where they needed to be.  My first ever Google Hangout, as part of the Global Read-Aloud, with a class of sixth graders in Iowa.  We weren't exactly sure what we were doing, but we made it work, and the students on both ends enjoyed it.  All school event yesterday to combat bullying.  Hard to explain, but students lined the halls and did a sort of circular parade, cheering for the other classes as they went past, then joining in when it was their turn.  

At home, two of us are fighting colds.  The Winemaker took our daughter to a Fantastic Beasts pre-event at the library last night.  They called me with HP trivia questions, and I helped them win a coloring book.  The kids have been into doing blind taste tests for each other, and the adults have been into watching Luke Cage and trying not to obsess about the spike in hate crimes and other horrifying events, which is a perfect example of white privilege right there, because we CAN block it out if we want to.  

I'm off all next week, and my children have school Monday and Tuesday, which is super rare and, I have to admit, kind of a treat.  

How's it going in your neck of the woods?



  1. I liked Grave Mercy as I recall, for the most part. Never did read the next two though. Enjoy your time off next week- there's been a lot of sickness going around, unfortunately. I finished Luke Cage and thought it was okay- didn't rock my world but wasn't bad.

    The spike in hate crimes is depressing and maddening, that it can happen so easily in our supposedly enlightened society. Sigh.

  2. I feel this intense desire to do every lesson in my library this year on compassion and equality and discerning fact from half-truth in print. But, of course, I will instead forge on, and try to be an example for kindness and deep thinking instead.

    I want to take a look at your other posts this week. Good for you. I don't think I've ever posted four times in one week.


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