A few weeks ago, my five-year-old asked to read some library books in bed. When I told her we didn’t have any library books in the house, she cocked her head to one side and squinted at me like I was speaking a foreign language. We are serious about the library around here, but things got busy (and I got tired) in April. It was a strange feeling not to have a single library book anywhere. Now that school is winding down, I’m ready to max out the library card again. I’ve been scouring the internet for book ideas and placing holds left and right. If you are looking for some summer reading too, start with one of these: Continue reading
I mentioned earlier this week that I was nearing the end of The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. I actually finished it that very same day, but it’s taken me until now to figure out what I want to say about it. I haven’t read a book like it in a long time (if ever).
First, the basics. A golem (that’s fable speak for clay man [or in this case, woman]) stranded without a master and a jinni recently released from the flask where he spent the last thousand years meet on the streets of New York one night at the turn of the 18th century. As the golem (Chava) and the jinni (Ahmad) form an unlikely friendship, their respective immigrant communities get caught up in the same story. It’s fable, fantasy, and historical fiction wrapped up in one. Continue reading
If it wasn’t for audiobooks this month, I might have read nothing at all. I don’t know if I have less time than I used to or if my attention span is shot thanks to my phone (probably both), but it’s hard to stay awake while I’m reading these days. Thank goodness for audiobooks. My only consolation is that I’ve really enjoyed the few books I did read this month. I even snuck a non-fiction in there, thank you very much. Continue reading
I saw my first firefly of the year tonight. I didn’t grow up with fireflies, but that hasn’t stopped me from marking summer by their arrival. Thank goodness. I’ve been trying to squash my urge to pack up the books and start summer vacation early. Now that the fireflies are back and we’re just a few days from the end of the semester at our house, it’s time to look back at what we read and loved this year. As always, I’ve marked the books that we all especially enjoyed. (Looking for younger grades? Here’s what we read in first grade and second grade.) Continue reading
I grew up loving Star Wars, so I have complicated feelings about the current popularity of the franchise. On the one hand, I love how easy it is to find Star Wars books, t-shirts, and coloring books. On the other hand, I worry that it won’t be the same weird, secret club for my children that it was for me. It’s just so normal these days. That said, my children (and their gift-giving grandparents) have embraced Star Wars with open arms. Of all the toys and books we have floating around our house, only one has been the family favorite for years: Star Wars Character Encyclopedia. Continue reading