Coming down to the wire. I need to finish two tomorrow so we’ll see if I can do it. I’ve got a few started but none of them are grabbing me so I may have to rely on a few super short ones.
G and I took turns reading Clifford Sees America. He read one half one day and then the other half the next day. He felt proud of himself, but still tends to be too hard on himself when he doesn’t know words, even words he has no way of knowing. We’ll get there. He also wanted to make sure his sandwich got in the pic 🙂
I read the graphic memoir Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisley. This is my third book by the talented graphic artist and author and this feel between the two for me. I liked it and loved her drawings, but I was also bored. Wedding planning is a wonderful and tedious business and it is probably most interesting to the people who know you or are going through the same process. I do think this would be a perfect gift for the newly engaged.
G read From Head to Toe by Eric Carle – fun! and There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold. They are reading all the Fly Guy books for school. They are just right where he needs to be to be pushing himself a bit.
I listened to Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen, read by Hillary Huber. The Mennonites aren’t new to me, live within an hours or so of the biggest Amish community outside of Pennsylvania and have visited often, but if they had been maybe this would have been a little more interesting. Rhoda had a string of bad luck culminating when her husband left for someone he met on gay.com and she moved back in with her parents in her 40’s. It was a little disjointed, but ultimately I liked it.
I read Hourglass: Time, Memoir, Marriage by Dani Shapiro. This slight memoir flitting around her marriage from before to beginning to present with little vignettes about things that happened over the years of their 18 year marriage. The writing was beautiful and some of it was thought provoking, although I had expected it to go a bit deeper. I enjoyed the writing so I’ll have to add some of Shapiro’s fiction to my reading list. Thank to my friend Britt who recommended this 145 page book to get me close to the finish line of this month’s challenge.