I put solitaire on my iPhone. Big mistake. My reading time has been dramatically impacted, with almost no books completed since mid-December. I want to say that no, I really have finished a book in the last two months, but I'm not sure I'd be telling the truth.
I'm a reader. Really, I am. It would be difficult to be an English teacher and not enjoy, or live for, reading. I read constantly when Bama was first born, a lot on the iPhone because I could read books while nursing her in the middle of the night.
Then I decided solitaire made sense.
Yesterday, I updated my book lists and discovered the last completed book I'd listed here was … what was it? Damn.
So, I am reading people, I am. I am reading all the books listed in the sidebar, albeit slowly.
- What's Going on in There? : How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life
I like Lise Eliot's book, a lot. But I also recognize that my interest in neurons, chemical pathways, and so on is a chapter by chapter thing. I'm on chapter five.
- The Men with the Pink Triangle: The True Life-and-Death Story of Homosexuals in the Nazi Death Camps, Third Edition
I have done work (and continue to …) with Facing History and Ourselves, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and other organizations. I bought this book when I was at the USHMM for its Belfer National Conference for Teachers. My stack of Holocaust/genocide texts is high, though pitifully small compared to many other fine teachers I have worked with. I cannot recommend this text highly enough. It illuminates an often overlooked, ignored, or castigated community of persecuted people. It is not known how many homosexuals were murdered by the Nazis; survivors were persecuted after Liberation. The text also paints a clear picture of camp brutality, and the odd humanity that was sometimes present.
- Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
Mister and I had chickens for about a year and a half before asking Aunty Cake to adopt them. We would like to have a better garden, really, a garden, and chickens again (as well as some other friends like goats, sheep, a couple of pigs, and a cow). Carpenter set up her farm in my hometown of Oakland. Her writing makes me laugh, makes me curious, and makes me want my farm now.
- At Large and At Small: Familiar Essays
Mister gave me Anne Fadiman's Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader
on our first date. I love her essays. I am in awe of her vocabulary, her knowledge of books, her turn of phrase. Ex Libris was about the love of books and of reading. At Large and At Small is a love of essays, those short bits of writing that illuminate, elucidate, entertain. She's clever, that Fadiman.
I'm trying to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies but am having difficulty as I recently watched the lengthier television version (with Colin Firth as the frosty and then unfrosty Mr. Darcy). The dialogue echoes unpleasantly between the versions making it a shelved text (for now).
Also tried to read Sarah Chayes's The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban but yesterday returned it to the library a month overdue and only one hundred pages in. Yes, Chayes is knowledgeable, but something about her writing didn't work for me. I'm going to try it again in a few months, after I pay off my fine.