It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 5/22/17

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Very little, it turns out. It was a slow reading week, as I was on vacation. That used to be the ideal time to read, but family vacation is too busy and active to provide much reading time.

three dog life

Abigail Thomas’s A Three Dog Life is one of my favorite memoirs, and it was such a treat to reread it very slowly over the last month or so. It has a strong through line: the before and after of Thomas’s husband’s traumatic brain injury. He never fully recovered and lived in institutional care for the rest of his life, and Thomas writes eloquently of the strange loss of loving someone who is there but also gone. Still, I wouldn’t say that’s really what the book is about. It’s much more about memory, the minutiae of daily life, the way we find meaning and pleasure in routine (and dogs!). Ultimately, I would say the book is about how to live a good life.

yaqui delgado

My son and I just finished Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, and it was another read-aloud win. Of course he had to read it as soon as he saw the title. I really appreciate YA novels that have titles or covers that sell themselves to reluctant readers.  It was a reread for me, and a novel that I blew through in my first reading, so I appreciated the opportunity to slow down and consider its craft more carefully. It’s a strong read-aloud with a good balance between action and interiority and really interesting and complex characters and relationships.

I read a few picture books but nothing very memorable or worth sharing. I am going to have to do a lot of reading over the next couple of weeks to catch up with #bookaday!

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8 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 5/22/17

  1. Welcome back! I usually have high vacation read plans, but it’s funny how it goes by the wayside. I bet it was replaced with some great family time, though!

  2. I loved Yaqui Delgado’s voice and hearing a new way of looking at a scene I’ve never experienced. The memoir sounds nice, will bookmark it, Elisabeth. Thanks!

  3. So pleased that you and your son enjoyed this Meg Medina title. I really liked it too! I am trying to get back in the reading swing too but report cards and other things coming up are making me worried!

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