This book is the perfect remedy for the "I've been having a hard time focussing on reading in these quarantine times." A truly delightful comic memoir of her journey in love and tradition from the hilarious and sweetly snarky Huda Fahmy (@yesimhotinthis on social media!) Light, yet fascinating and insightful - I truly adored my time in these pages.
I'll admit I often avoid short stories, but I devoured this. I read this with my book club and we talked on Zoom for three hours straight - just about these stories. There wasn't a single female character in this book I didn't love, whether they were making me laugh or making me cry. The relationships between women were gut-wrenching; the complex homage to the place of Denver and the communities of humans that have long occupied these spaces - masterful.
Jenny Odell argues that "attention" is the last resource that we as individuals retain. Where and how we spend this attention, however seems to run away from us with the barrage of addictive social media, work from home, constantly connected devices, and other various deluges of daily life. Knowing that none of us can completely cut off from any of this, Odell - a professor at Stanford, of all places - offers up suggestions and reflections on ways to reclaim what's yours from the "attention economy" and channel it more meaningfully, with a particular focus on the natural world around us. This read was truly a balm for my soul this last month as I chewed slowly on it.
As an educator of almost a decade, I can't recomend this book for young (AND old!) people enough. This is the perfect book for opening tough but important conversations with young people you love about identity, prejudice, racism, and solidarity. Each of the 20 quick and thoughtful chapters builds on the next, with clear definitions of language and contextual information followed by prompts and activities for reflection. The book is incredibly engaging, packed with gorgeous and vibrant illustrations, text features, and most importantly - topics young people are dying to have the space and language to discuss. This book can be the impetus for these conversations at home or individual reflection.
An excellent fantasy world into which you will gladly disappear! Orphaned junior librarian, Lazlo Strange, has devoted his youth to learning about a forgotten Atlantis-esque city whose name has been magically ripped from his mind. When the Godslayer, Eril-Fane, shows up from this forgotten city attempting to build a delegation of minds to tackle a challenge back home that he refuses to divulge, Lazlo knows he must go. You should go, too. Plus, there's a book 2 for when you inevitably and immediately need the next one!
Mindy McGinnis is the queen of badass, teenage girls who don't take anything from anyone. This twisty, gritty, gory, AWESOME, in-your-face survival tale will have you immersed in the Appalachian woods where our lost protagonist finds herself horrifically injured and alone. It will also have you audibly cringing after each twist and turn. As the action unfolds, so, too, do the backstories of the people, the life, and the reality that has led her to this point. We soon realize that if anyone is going to tap beyond the imaginable to stay alive, it's Ashley. Good luck putting this down or maintaining a consistent heart rate while reading.