May Reading BLog

Five novels, Four non-fiction books, and Two books of poetry last month. Maybe I should also be tracking genres and themes in my reading? Oh well, I started this reading log think because I was a tad jealous that my kids always seem to get credit for listing what they read and I don’t. Also, because I have no idea how much I actually read in a year and thought it would be fun to find out. But now that I’ve finished 55 books in 5 months my inner analyst is suddenly curious to add books up by categories. Way to turn something fun into another chore, right?

45. 5/4/18 Original Sinners: Why Genesis Still Matters, John R. Coats. Overall this was worth reading.

46. 5/4/18 I Saw Ramallah, Mourid Barghouti. This is well worth reading. It might crack your heart open.

47. 5/10/18 Teaching to Transgress, bell hooks. I’m not sure I can recommend this as a book everyone should read, indeed, taken out of context some parts could be misused, but I’m sure it end up on my re-read pile at some point.

48. 5/11/18 Kokopelli’s Flute, Will Hobbs. I read this as a kid when it was a brand new book and it’s on next year’s Battle of the Books list for Kid 2 so I read it to her. Now it seems a bit traumatic and to be a bad case of cultural appropriation and misappropriation. We had conversations about that. It is a good page-turner for kids and did get us to look up pictures of ring-tails.

49. 5/11/18 Being Mortal, Atul Gawande. Written well enough to be a page turner even thought the end is, well, it’s all about The End. It did spark one pretty big epiphany for me in that as a kid I moved every.single.year so no wonder I make decisions like an 80y’0 most of the time. Read and and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

50. 5/13/18 Full Woman, Fleshly Apple, Pablo Neruda. My Spanish is just good enough that I sometimes felt disappointed in the translation, mostly because he sometimes changed the line breaks unnecessarily.

51. 5/14/18 The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Kate DiCamillo. Kid 2 and I actually cried over this one. She brought it home for 1 Book, 1 School. It’s OK for kids but way too sad and traumatic for mothers to read. Also, reading aloud when you’ve melted into a sobbing, snot-dripping puddle is really hard.

52. 5/15/18. Miramar, Naguib Mahfouz. I have to admit that I’ve enjoyed some of his other work more.

53. 5/24/18. The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco. This is an excellent story but the pacing isn’t great, sometimes it’s a page turner and sometimes it’s a bit of a snooze.

54. 5/29/18. Blue, George Elliot Clarke. I love what he does with language and race. Gender, not so much.

55. 5/30/18. Spirit Animals: Hunted, Maggie Stiefvater. Kid 2 loves these books. She got to request a free book from school to take home for the summer and this is what she picked. I’m still sorting out my feelings on the feel-good multiculturalism that lacks depth and represents a sort-of flat and fake take. And, of course, in this book we learn that the white boy from Eura is destined to be the leader….




About m

My ego wants to think I'm a writer but my heart knows I'm just another one of God's Kids who sometimes has words to say. 2 human kids and 3 feline kids call me Mom. Or Mooooooom. Or mewom, depending which you ask. I'm kinda-sorta busy being a student again; this time I signed myself up for a bizarre torture known as Graduate School. Theoretically in 4ish years I'll have earned some more nice letters to put with my name. Let's face it, I'm addicted to learning and probably need rehab to restore me to sanity and remove the obsession to read books. I don't remember what free time is but I think I like to spend it sleeping or playing in the mud on a river bank.
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