Monday, August 22, 2016

Books 30-35

30. East of Eden, John Steinbeck. Okay I finally finished this audiobook. I LOVE THIS BOOK. It is perfect. Can't recommend it enough. But listening to audiobook wasn't as beautiful as reading it so I think I'll have to read it again in a couple of years.

31. The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls. Since this book was recommended by 5 of the handful of people who gave me recommendations, I was expecting something amazing. And I was actually impressed. The story is a terribly sad memoir about a girl who was severely neglected as a child, but it's helpful that you know throughout reading it that she turns out fine as an adult. The writing was extremely compelling.

32. Everyday Antiracism, edited by Mica Pollock. I read this book as part of a curriculum planning class I did this summer, and it was incredibly helpful in reframing my philosophy as an educator. The basic premise is that although race is a social construct and not a genetic reality, minority students have lived experience as members of a racial group, and though everyone talks about the achievement gap, the real problem is the opportunity gap. There were about 50 essays in the book all pointing out a specific antiracist way we can help minority students. I got some great ideas for the coming year and I'm actually excited about my curriculum. Highly recommend for educators.

33. The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery. I had read this book before, and I guess I have unfortunately turned into more of a grown-up since then, because although there are some stand-out lines, overall the story is kinda weird. Maybe it makes more sense in French? I'll never know.

34. Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari. I listened to the audiobook for this, which I highly recommend, because Aziz Ansari reads it himself and he's freaking hilarious. Very interesting info about dating in today's world. If I weren't in a relationship already I think I would find the info more useful, but still it's worth a read to understand how things have changed.

35. Matilda, Roald Dahl. I haven't thought about this story for years, but as I was reading I remembered the movie very fondly, so I think I'll have to watch it again soon. Great book for kids.

I have two more weeks till I go back to school, and I'm planning on cramming a whole lot of reading in! Here we go.

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