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Sunday Salon: August 30, 2020

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz runs The Sunday Salon. 

Books read over the past week:   

  • The Doctor of Aleppo by Dan Mayland (review coming tomorrow)
  • Distance Learning Playbook, Grades K-12 by Fisher, Frey, and Hattie (for work)

Challenge progress 2020

  • Big Summer Book Challenge--0 books this week. 4 books total
  • Literary Escapes Challenge--This week: 0 states and 3 countries. 24 states and 24 countries total
  • Mount TBR Challenge--1 book read this week, 53 books total
  • Popsugar reading challenge--1 books read this week, 31 books total
  • Social Justice Challenge--1 books read this month, 9 books total
  • YA Award Winners--0 books read this week, 7 books total

My life outside books:

The CYBILS has a new logo and I really like it! I think it's more "now" and fresh. I applied to be a panelist again, but it would be year 4 for me, so I think they might not pick me this time around.

In honor of Chadwick Boseman, who just died of colon cancer, I watched the movie 42. I thought the movie was good, but not great, but the story of Jackie Robinson's life is so good! On the flip side, I watched the Jeffrey Epstein docuseries and it just makes me so angry that these men (and women) got away with abusing young girls for so long. It took lots of people in the US attorney's office, the FBI, and more to make sure he wasn't prosecuted. It makes me sick.

I've been listening to podcasts more than reading this week; it feels like it gives my eyes a rest after all the Zoom and laptop work.

  • 1619 is about how slavery has transformed America. It is well done for the most part; I found the episodes on health care and bank loans the most interesting.
  • Nice White Parents is fascinating and produced by Serial and the NY Times and narrated/reported by Chana Joffe-Walt. follows the history of schools in a Brooklyn neighborhood and what happens when white parents want to integrate schools. Hint: integration doesn't happen. This is a well-researched and presented podcast that even people outside of education will find interesting.

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