My life in books:
Now that it isn't spring break my reading has slowed down a bit again. And my daughter was here for a week so I wasn't reading as much. Yesterday I participated (badly) in the Dewey 24-hour Read-a-thon. I had high hopes of reading a bunch, but life got in the way as I had some prearranged things I had to do so I only read a graphic novel and about 50 pages of another book.
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas--Powerful YA!
- Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham--A good story with interesting characters
- Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue--Cameroonian immigrants in NY City
- How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less by Sarah Glidden--Memoir graphic novel
- Read Your Own Damn Books--My goal is to read 25 books from my TBR shelves this year. So far I've read 20, adding 4 in the past two weeks. I have high hopes for this challenge!
- Travel the World in Books--The idea is to read books set in as many countries as possible. I added Israel to my list since my last Sunday Salon. I hoped Behold the Dreamers was going to have parts in Cameroon, but it didn't.
- Literary Escapes--Similar to the previous challenge, this one tracks the US states. This month I didn't add any new states. Why are so many set in New York?! I'm bummed that two of the books I read didn't say where in the US they took place so I couldn't add to this challenge.
- Read all of the ALA YA Award Winners--Sort of pathetic as I didn't read any for this challenge either. I only have two categories left.
Marching: Last weekend I marched in the March for Science in Santa Barbara; we had about 3,000 people so that's a great turnout. As with the Women's March, it was a beautiful day, the crowd behaved, and it was a really feel-good experience. This time my dad was in town so he joined me and my mom at the march (and he is a scientist so that was extra inspiration). It is wonderful to be at any event that is multi-generational, multi-ethnic, etc. It really brings a town together and I love seeing people's clever signs.
Shaking: Last Sunday we had two earthquakes just a half mile away, where my street meets the beach. They were only 3.6 and 3.1 so just created big jolts with no damage, but we haven't felt an earthquake in a long time.