#IMWAYR time again, when readers share what they have been reading and find out what others have been up to in the past week. The adult version of this meme is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. The kidlit rendition is hosted by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers. Whatever you are looking forward to in your next great read, these are fabulous places to start your search.
I read less this week because I've been very busy sewing. I managed to finish up the second phase of the quilt I have been working on. These 144 pieces translate into 576 seams and 576 cuts. I'm not thinking about how many still to go just to finish the next phase.
BLOG POSTS THIS WEEK
This beautiful, award winning picture book is not for children. It's the haunting story of a young girl whose mother is one of Canada's missing and murdered women. François Thisdale's illustrations are spectacular. I would use this with older students and especially adults who work with indigenous youth.
Spare Dog Parts by Alison Hughes & Ashley Spires (Illustrations) CL
This is such a lovely book about what makes a dog (or anything or anyone) perfect. It isn't about what is on the outside. It is all about whether the parts work and do what they should. I was in love with this book as soon as I read this section on the body: "There was an odd, tubby, stubby body that didn't fit any other dog. They used that, and covered it with leftover wiry, scruffy fur. It's a comfortable body, perfect for cuddling."
Ashly Spires illustrations (always stunning) show that the body has met all the important criteria. This is my second read of this book. I decided to give it another star.
What Makes Us Unique?: Our First Talk about Diversity by Jillian Roberts & Cindy Revell (Illustrations) CL
This is a great resource for use in primary classrooms to initiate a conversation about how we are the same and how we are different. It's a must have to include in a unit on families and or culture. The text is straightforward and quite simple. Cindy Revell's dynamic illustrations celebrate diversity in her bold use of colour and the joyful expressions on faces of her characters
It's Ashley Spires. Need I say more?
Poor Andrew loved theatre so he joined drama club. Then in order to improve at drama he joined the debate club, the chess club, karate and dance class. Before he knew it, Andrew had too many extra curricular activities, and was good at none of them.
This is an important book for parents to read to remind them that it's most important for children to have unstructured play time with their peers.
I have a lot of conflicted feelings about this coming of age title. I appreciated reading about places I've been to and know. On the other hand, it took me a very long time to connect to the main character, and I never did come to really care for her. I'm also not sure that a novel about missing and murdered women can be construed as anything but YA fiction. I wouldn't hand it off to anyone under 12 to read.
I'm such a fan of this series. When I need to read for a break from real life, Marissa Meyer is one of my go to authors. I enjoyed listening to these back stories of the characters in the Lunar Chronicles this week while I was sewing up a storm .
Fans of survival stories will probably love this one. Chris, his Uncle Jack, and a boy named Frank, set off to sail down the Alaskan coast into BC. Their boat capsizes and only Chris and Frank make it to the mainland. The two boys have to get over there antipathy for each other in order to survive. In the midst of taming ravens, fishing for salmon and escaping from grizzly bears, the two boys discover they have much more in common than imaginable.
When I get into a series, it's because of the characters. Sure the writing is good, but it's that writing that creates these individuals that my brain comes to think of as real. A new book is like a visit with an old friend. That's how I feel about Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant series. Peter is a bit young to be an old friend, so I think of him as a kid I've watched grow up. He's a police office who is also a wizard in training. I've just finished the fifth book and I'm ready to weep that I have to wait for the next one to become available. I've read some with my eyes, and listened to many as audiobooks. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is Peter Grant to me! If you are a fan of mysteries, fantasy and like clever wit in your reading life, I highly recommend this series!
I have concerns when white author's write about black history, and it was only because Bahni Turpin narrated it, that I felt comfortable listening to this book. (Honestly, I will probably listen to Bahni Turpin narrate anything.) I find it difficult to read historical narratives of slavery, or any stories that highlight abuse and oppression. The better the writing the more I immerse myself in the characters and the more fearful I become. I had to take breaks in this one because of this. Information in the backmatter fills the reader in on the reality of communities living in The Deep Dismal Swamp.
I'm trying to finish up a Netgalley title, The Mesmerist, by Roland Smith. I have discovered that I left my copy of Do Not Say We Have Nothing at our Oliver home. I'm listening to Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott. I've started Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Battling Bots by Liam O'Donnell and Mike Deas, another chocolate lily title. I'm listening to A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielson.
I've got to get started on History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera and Flying Lessons & Other Stories because they are due at the library March 4th! I also need to read two novels from the chocolate lily box.
PROGRESS ON MY READING GOALS
#MUSTREADIN2017 3/36, 1 in progress
#MUSTREADNFIN2017 1/12, 1 in progress
50 Books by Canadian Indigenous Authors 10/50
Chocolate Lily (CL) 17/52
Goodreads Reading Challenge 74/333