It's a gorgeous Sunday afternoon here in Oregon, the crocuses are in full bloom, the trees are budding, and part of me yearns to frolic in the fresh air. Unfortunately, that part of me is unequivocally connected to the rest of me, which is recovering from a flu-ish thing that rendered me immobile Thursday and much of Friday. I feel okay now, as long as I don't eat too much or too fast, or think too hard about vigorous things such as mopping the floor.
While I was sick, I got caught up on blogs for the first time since summer! And, by caught up, I mean I only have 1500 unread messages in my feed reader. (Don't worry: it makes sense to me).
I also finished reading Adele Barker's memoir, Not Quite Paradise: An American Sojourn in Sri Lanka. I was really excited to read this because I've had a couple of friends who were raised in Sri Lanka, and I was eager to learn more about their homeland. I did learn a lot, and enjoyed reading about Barker and her son's adjustment to life on the island. The book dragged for me in the middle, though. And, Barker had a habit of randomly switching tenses that mystified me, causing me to have to reread sections to try to figure out whether it was me missing some subtle purpose behind the tense change, or the author missing the not-so-subtle purpose behind generally sticking to either past tense or present when writing a memoir. So, this turned out to be one of those, "Glad I read it; glad I'm done with it" reads. (LibraryThing sent me this book and the next one as part of their Early Reviewers program).
With that finished, I turned to something lighter (I thought): a YA book that's coming out this June called The Secret to Lying, by Todd Mitchell. Suffice it to say: Todd Mitchell has earned himself a new fan.
It took me a while to warm up to The Secret to Lying. It's John Green's fault--the set-up was too reminiscent of the set-up to the delightful Looking for Alaska. This is a completely different book, though, especially after the first few chapters, and by the end, I loved it (dare I say it?) more than either of the John Green books I've read. Todd Mitchell, come visit Portland. I want to shake your hand.
And now, I'm reading Generation Text, written by psychologist Michael Osit, about raising kids in this digital era. The potential impact of current technology and expectations on our children is well-researched by Dr. Osit, and eye-opening. Though this book came out in 2008, this is the perfect time for me to be reading it as my oldest just got his first cell phone last month. I'm glad to have Dr. Osit's insights for guidance as we tread this new territory as a family. (I think I found this one on the new books shelf of the library).
Whether you're reading in sunshine, snow, or rain, I hope you're having a relaxing Sunday!
by Alison Jakel