Happy Wednesday, and Happy March!
After a long day of helping 7th graders with essays, PD, and grading, I came home today and decided to skip my run (I will make it up) and get caught up on my reading notes and blog stuff. One of these days–I say this every month I think–I will have a solid posting schedule. Someday, someday.
Last month, I had planned to read three books–all with romantic themes. I managed to read two, which I will discuss at a later time. The one I didn’t read was Pride, by Ibi Zoboi, and as I still REALLY want to read this book, I’m carrying it over to this month.
(Yes, I carried this photo over as well, I’m busy and lazy.)
I’ve been eyeing this beautiful-looking book since my mom gifted it to me late last year. I don’t know why I have waited so long to read it, except I think I know I’m going to love it and once I read it, my “first-time” will be over. I will, however, be starting it before I go to bed tonight.
Okay, okay. If you didn’t already know, mysteries are my jam. Especially murder mysteries. This book came on my radar after my mom (my mom gets my need for books and book-related things) got me a mystery/crime puzzle (I LOVE puzzles) as an early Christmas present. It had the cover of FIFTY different books, including this one. I found this copy in Powell’s when I visited over winter break, and I can’t wait. The heroine is eleven-year old Flavia de Luce, who is an “aspiring chemist with a passion for poison.” Hooked yet? Also, it is set in England, which automatically means I’m going like it, if not love it. Obviously, I will keep you posted.
This month’s challenge is to read “a book about a current social or political issue.” Oh boy, are there so many to choose from. However, because equality for women is way up on the tippy-top of the importance list for me, this one, Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions seemed like a no-brainer. Additionally, I have loved Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ever since a professor showed me her TedTalk “The danger of a single story.” I will post it, and I highly recommend it. I will do a write-up of this when I have finished, and I will also provide commentary on her short essay “We Should All Be Feminists” at the same time. I highly recommend that one too. Also, just read everything she has written. I’m currently working through her novels, slowly but surely. Adichie is truly a gift to literature, and to the world.
Okay, I think I have reached the end. I’m truly excited about this month’s selections, especially because each seems so different. Stay tuned for January and February’s reading challenges (no one is surprised that I am behind) as well as some fun Women’s History Month posts!