Wednesday, October 01, 2014

September: What I Read

Even though my goal was to read 52 books this year-- one  a week-- and I have read 79 if you count this month's books, I all of the sudden really want to reach 100, even though it's going to be tough.  Because it's going to be tough, maybe.  21 books.  3 months to do it.  IT'S ON.

Some good ones in September!

5.  Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night by Barbara J Taylor:  This was a sad and exciting story about miners in Pennsylvania at the turn of the 20th century-- I read the whole book in a day, and the only reason it's last on my list this month is because SOMETHING has to be.

4.  I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai:  This is our campus's common read book this year, and I LOVED it.  I am discussing it with my super smart students next week, and the following week I am going to another smarty pants discussion.  Then on the 27th, Shiza Shahid, co-founder of The Malala Fund is coming to give a talk, and more discussions will happen.  Pretty cool.

3.  Overwhelmed:  Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time bu Brigid Schulte:  You should read this book.  And then we should talk about it.  It's wonderful.  Explains so much about the structural inequalities that are fucking up families in the US.  She does an incredible job of explaining why the time crunch/ impossible juggle is not a women's issue.  IT'S SO GOOD.

2.  Little Big Lies by Liane Moriarty:  I pink puffy heart this book about a scandal-ridden elementary school-- so engrossing and engaging.  Almost 500 pages but a lightening fast read because you will not be able to put it down.

1.  Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique:  This is an epic story of multi-generational love set in the St. Thomas in the early to mid 20th century.  SO GOOD.  Lyrical, intricate, haunting, and fast-paced.  I loved it.  I might have been more entertained by Little Big Lies, but this one was just BETTER from a great text kind of perspective.

All of these books deserve a place on your list-- it was a banner month!

Speaking of pink-puffy-hearting.  I freaking love love love love my Lifefactory water bottle.  The boys have Klean Kanteens, and if I don't remember to push the top down in the morning, they soak their back packs with 27 ounces of water when the bottle gets turned upside down as it always does.  THIS bottle, though?  Was upside down in my bag the entire time I taught class, and I had books and a computer and a phone in there, and not a DROP WAS SPILLED.  Best water bottle ever.

1 comment:

Virginia said...

I read My Name Is Malala, too and loved it! I made Elisabeth read it too. Definitely a book to be read and discussed and then probably read again.

Otherwise, I haven't read any of those other books! Time to add them to my list!!! I posted my 6 books I got through this month on Elisablog. Have you read Outlander yet?