It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 10/30/17

I wasn’t sure I’d have any takers after I booktalked the graphic novel memoir Spinning in my Methods course. I very much admired Tillie Walden’s evocative art, but it is a long graphic novel (400 pages!) and it’s all a bit sad and unresolved and I wasn’t sure what to say about it. Words from…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 10/2/17

It took me awhile to get to Georgia Heard’s Heart Maps, because I just wasn’t convinced a whole book about creating heart maps was necessary. I use them frequently in my writing courses, and I thought I knew all there was to know about them. But I should have trusted that Georgia Heard wouldn’t let…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 9/18/17

It can’t be easy to write fiction about 9/11. Plot must always be in danger of taking over, and it’s tricky to write about such an emotionally charged event without being overwrought. It must be even trickier to write about the event as it’s unfolding without allowing hindsight to influence the writing: what event is…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 9/11/17

Judd Winick’s graphic novel series about Hi Lo, the boy robot from outer space, gets better with each volume. There’s plenty of action in Book 3, as Hi Lo and D.J. have to travel through a portal to another dimension to bring Gina back, and plenty of humor, but there are also many surprisingly heartfelt…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 8/21/17

My blog has been sadly neglected–as has my reading life–in favor of KITTENS. Read a book or play with kittens? Kittens win out. Write a blog post or pet kittens? Kittens definitely win out. It’s hard to believe the four of them used to be feral and run from human touch. Now my days begin…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 7/31/17

Living with Jackie Chan just might be my son’s new favorite book. It was a reread for me, and I enjoyed it even more reading it aloud to him and experiencing the story through his eyes. He hung onto every word, and at the end of each chapter, it was “Just one more!” He loved…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 7/10/17

We made it through THREE audiobooks on our drive home from Oregon. And since I was reading with my ears, I hardly minded the gazillion hours in the car. Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen is an informative and engaging memoir of the life so far of fifteen-year-old transgender activist, Jazz Jennings. I…