In fact, we didn’t get much more than some wind (highest was 55mph, according to the weather peeps) and rain. We didn’t even lose power this time! So that was nice. I’m genuinely saddened by the devastation and death in Haiti as well as the towns in Florida that did get destroyed in pretty significant ways, though.
Today, I’m reflecting on what I’m going to do differently next semester. I realized that we have done too much Cinderella stuff. Next time, I’ll use Cinderella for the example but assign a different fairy/folk tale for the students’ assignments. I’m also going to just do one whole class novel instead of letting the students pick from three. That way, we can have an actual in-depth discussion as a class.
Then, if I teach this class again in the fall, I’m totally doing censorship. TOTALLY.
On to the books.
This past week, I read:
This was super cute. Also, let’s be real: it’s hard for me not to like a book that includes a discussion of black hair politics and makes use of the trope of the talking book. Plus also, it’s a FRIENDSHIP BOOK and those are totally my jam, so.
This was super cute, and I really liked how honest it was about dealing with death and dying–especially for Maya (the one who is unafraid of/curious about death) and Cat (who lives in a little bit of denial about it).
Maya might be the actual best, honestly.
I understand there are some issues with the representation of Dia de los Muertos (see more about that here). As someone with no experience/knowledge of the holiday beyond a vague “yes, I’ve heard about that,” I can’t speak to that part, but I trust those who know more about such things than I do.
I also abandoned one book:
10/9/16: So, I liked the opening of this book, but I feel like it’s requiring too much thinking from me, and I am just not in the headspace. Maybe later. Made it to pg. 54.
Currently, I’m reading:
Not much has changed since Wednesday. Still making my way through Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty at work. Haven’t yet settled on what book I’ll be reading at home this week.
Also, in TV news:
We started watching Impastor on Hulu, got to the fourth episode, and now it’s gone from Hulu. UGH.
Memo to self: double check when a show will be pulled from Hulu before you start watching it. I mean.
Happy reading, everyone!