I am so pleased at how much I have been reading since getting a Kindle in mid 2015. I love using the public library to get books and I sneeze a lot less too. Here is the list of books that I have read (and can remember). These are the fiction books that I finished, enjoyed and sometimes re-read immediately following. They have stayed with me and I think about the stories, characters and settings over and over. I know that I have said about a million times that I am so glad that I have finally really become a reader. Have any good recommendations?
Modern Lovers A Man Called Ove At the Water’s Edge Everything I Never Told You Brooklyn Hollow World The Little Paris Bookshop Stoner The Nightingale The Paris Wife The Life of Objects The World Before Us Euphoria A Tale for the Time Being All the Light We Cannot See Jane Eyre The Signature of All Things The Year of Magical Thinking
We found out that City CarShare has merged with Getaround, which requires a Facebook account to reserve a car. Our family shouldn’t have to give our information to corporate social media in order to use a vehicle.
I wrote the following, canceling our account:
To whom it may concern,
I have been a member since 2009 and am writing to tell you that I flat out refuse to create a Facebook account. There is no reason for this. I wanted to sign in and get a car today and was unable because after all these years I am not known well enough to your company. I am embarrassed at your decision to demand users become Facebook members. It is unacceptable to me so you give me no choice but to cancel my account.
We bought our tickets for the San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker already! Clover is so excited. She already knows the story and the music and is in pre-ballet this semester where she will dance to some of Tchaikovsky’s music. My little baby will be five in just over a month and is going to her first theater performance!
Today we read “Where Did My Clothes Come From?” by Chris Butterworth with illustrations by Lucia Gaggiotti. It is a book we checked out from the library and it was super informative. We enjoyed the pictures very much and talked about our favorite clothes. This is the type of book that is a great jumping off point to explore more after reading. This time we found ourselves inspecting a pair of jeans and googling videos about shearing animals.
On YouTube we found many videos of people shearing sheep, goats, alpacas and angora rabbits for their fur. This also led to watching other goat videos- like goats that climb trees and how baby goats have to be awesome climbers at one week old. Lastly we ended up watching all of Block Shop’s process videos of their block carving, dyeing and printing by master artisans for their scarves made in Bagru, India (which can be found on their Instagram account).
Next time we read this book we may want to learn more about silk worms or making rubber or traditional clothing worn in other cultures. I love how this organic kind of learning unfolds for us. I always find that my curiosity is piqued just as much as Clover’s. I appreciate our opportunities to take time and to have the resources to find out about anything we can think of.
Another excellent (and relevant) read is “Pelle’s New Suit” by Elsa Beskow. We have checked it out many times and I remember grabbing all of my wool sweaters down out of the closet to feel the fabric one time after reading. It was a great first story about where clothes come from and how garments used to be made more or less by hand. It has also been on the book shelves of every early childhood program that I have worked in which I think is a sign that is a good book for children.