# of books read: This kind of depends on how you count. Let's say eleven. I skimmed one, re-read one, finished sections of a few more...
I ordered The Fifth Season from Black-owned Eso Won Books in LA, because I've never read any Jemisin, and she keeps winning Hugos. It was SO GOOD that as soon as I finished it, I started trying to find the next book, The Obelisk Gate. I was able to get the ebook from my local library, but when I was ready for the final book in the series, The Stone Sky, it was already checked out. So then I went into the website of another county's library system, and they had it, but I couldn't find my card, so I made my daughter loan me hers. I really prefer reading physical books, because they cause less eye strain for me than continued computer use, but these books were worth it! As a lover of YA fantasy, I kind of hate to say it, but I'd almost forgotten that adult speculative fiction can be so rich and complex. Game of Thrones is like a boy band in comparison.
I am terrible at all types of reading challenges, because somehow they make me feel bossed around, even when I set my own challenge. However, this summer I'm trying to read two books by BIPOC authors for every one white authored book, and that's been going quite well. The Broken Earth series tied in so amazingly well with Stamped: Racism, Anti-racism and You, which I finished this month, and How to be an Anti-Racist, which I started. I'm planning to post a series review that dives into this. Don't, like, hold your breath or anything, but if that sounds interesting, check back later in the month!
Bookish Events and HappeningsHmm. As with much of normal life, there is not a lot happening here.
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IRLWell, my city has been overrun with fascist mystery soldiers, Breonna Taylor's killers still haven't been arrested, the pandemic death rate continues to climb, I spent the past two months growing increasingly stressed out about having to teach in classrooms with at least some students whose families didn't "believe in" Covid-19. I guess no news would be good news, but 2020 is ALL NEWS ALL THE TIME and it's just as horrible as can be.
I did find out this week that our governor is putting health guidelines into place before each county's schools can re-open. Guess how many counties in our state currently meet the guidelines? ONE. Guess what the population of that county is? Under 1,500. There are about 530,000 people in my county, and we are second in infection rates and fourth in death rates out of 36 counties total. So we will NOT be opening in person, which means I find myself in the weird position of being very, very happy and relieved to be planning for online teaching, which is a ridiculous way to teach reading and leaves a lot of families in very difficult situations. Like, yay?
But it's not all doom and gloom. Here are my monthly photos of good times with, well, pretty much the same two people almost all the time.
|Seen at the local school on an evening walk.|
|I laid this tiny landing pad off our back deck.|
|Our family took a day trip to the beach on the one rainy day all month.|
|My husband has been watching cooking shows. These are salads done up to look like a man in a hat and a mountain at sunset.|
|My kid made me this GORGEOUS and DELICIOUS cake for my birthday.|
|We went to a tiny hike on the Clackamas River.|
|And I got my chance to float outdoors, which is a summer requirement for me that I didn't get to last summer. This little section of riverside was sectioned off so it was deep and safe!|