I cannot believe how quickly September has flown by. But with classes now in full swing for the semester, a new part-time job, and making the most of the last warm days of summer, it shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise.
September has been full of good things for me and I can’t wait to see what October brings with a couple of scheduled hiking trips to New Hampshire, more class work, and getting to bust out my flannel for the season.
This Month’s Blog Posts
With my recent blog redesign, I really want to make the most of my blog and that means posting more frequently. To keep sane amidst the craziness of work and grad school, I’m aiming for two posts a month! I completely achieved that this month.
I’ve also started writing for the blog Hack Library School which is a professional blog aimed towards graduate students studying library and information sciences. I’ll be writing one post a month over there, but will be sharing those posts on my own blog and in these reading roundups.
What I read this month
Remember how I told you last month that things would start to get crazy because this fall I’m taking CHL 403- Picture book? Well, it certainly did get crazy. I’ve read 84 books this month, but a vast majority of them were picture books. I’m going to go ahead and list those titles here, but be prepared if you hop over to Goodreads that I don’t offer detailed reviews (or even ratings) for the picturebooks.
As always, heck out my Goodreads page for reviews of each of the titles listed!
Books for Fun:
- The Best Laid Plans by Cameron Lund
- The Dark Fantastic: Race and Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games by Ebony Thomas
- What Happens Next by Claire Swinarski
- Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon
- Coo by Kaela Noel
- I Wish You the Best by Mason Deaver
- Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
- White Rose by Kip Wilson
- Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe V. Wade.
- The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu
- Surprise Lily by Sharelle Byars Moranville
- Swallowtail by Brenna Twohy
- Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins
- Jane Against the World: Roe v. Wade and the Fight for Reproductive Rights
- Lucky Caller by Emma Mills.
Books for Class:
- Bear Circus by William Pène du Bois
- Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber
- Bedtime for Frances by Russel Hoban
- An Anteater Named Arthur by Bernard Waber
- Stevie by John Steptoe
- Lyle and the Birthday Party by Bernard Waber
- When Sheep Cannot Sleep by Satoshi Kitamura
- Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett
- Cloudy by Deborah King
- Everett Anderson’s Goodbye by Lucille Clifton
- Petunia by Roger Duvoisin
- Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
- Lyle Finds His Mother by Bernard Waber
- Do Like Kayla by Angela Johnson
- The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack
- Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by Willian Steig
- Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
- Flossie and the Fox by Patricia C. McKissack
- Andy and the Lion by James Daugherty
- The House of East 88th Street by Bernard Waber
- Scuffy the Tugboat by Gertrude Crampton
- Bear Mouse by Bernice Freschet
- When Sophie Gets Really Angry by Molly Bang
- Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
- One Monday Morning by Uri Shulevitz
- Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang
- The Song of Robinhood by Anne Malcolmson
- Dawn by Molly Bang
- Snow by Uri Shulevitz
- Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
- The Dancing Granny by Ashley Bryan
- Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
- Lines by Suzy Lee
- The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher by Molly Bang
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
- Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper
- Seven Simeons: A Russian Tale by Boris Artzybasheff
- Dawn by Uri Shulevitz
- Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
- Grandpa by John Burningham
- Grandma’s Purse by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
- Snow White in New York by Fiona French
- Snow White by Jacob Grimm
- Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport
- Anno’s Aesop: A Book of Fables by Aesop and Mr. Fox by Mitsumasa Anno
- The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
- The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South by Robert D. San Souci
- Come Away From the Water, Shirley by John Burningham
- Little Red Riding Hood by Jerry Pinkney
- Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole
- Dim Sum for Everyone by Grace Lin
- Freight Train by Donald Crews
- Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes
- The People Could Fly: The Picture Book by Virginia Hamilton
- What If… by Samantha Berger
- Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella by Robert D. San Souci
- Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper by Marcia Brown
- Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughter’s by John Steptoe
- Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs by Nancy Ekhom Burkert
- Red Riding Hood by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers
- The Jolly Postman, or Other People’s Letters by Janet Ahlberg
- Love by Matt de la Pena
- Cat Tale by Michael Hall
- Hansel and Gretel by Rika Lesser
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
- Anno’s Journey by Mitsumasa Anno.
- Little Red-Cap by Jacob Grimm
Review: Coo — My favorite book of the month
Coo by Kaela Noel is about a girl named Coo who was raised by pigeons on a rooftop in New York City. It feels like a ridiculous premise (and it is a little bit), but this middle grade novel was so well-written and delightful to read that I didn’t want to put it down.
Coo’s relationship with her flock, a pigeon named Burr in particular who takes on a quasi-parental role, is so fascinating. Noel has written speech patterns for the pigeon that made me think “of course, that’s what pigeons would talk like.” Additionally watching Coo interact with Tully, a retired postal worker who is a good samaritan for the pigeons, who teaches Coo what being a human is like is touching and humerous.
I feel like I can’t do justice to this book because it is indescribable in the best possible way. I picked up my copy of Coo at The Children’s Bookshop in Brookline, MA. Now is a great time to be buying from independent bookstores, so even if you don’t read Coo, support your local bookstore when purchasing new books.
Favorite Book of the Month Runner-Up: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
My favorite non-book things
This feels like cheating as it is tangentially book related, but being back in Boston has meant being able to go to some of my favorite bookstores again! I’ve been to The Brookline Booksmith and Trident Booksellers & Cafe, and while I didn’t buy anything there, it was so nice to be back in these two wonderful bookstores just browsing. I also went to the previously mentioned Children’s Bookshop which specializes in children’s and young adult literature, and it will definitely be added to my regular rotation of bookstores to visit!
Avatar the Last Airbender
I’ve started watching Avatar the Last Airbender on Netflix gradually over the course of this month, and if you aren’t watching Avatar you’re totally missing out. This Nickelodeon show aired originally between 2005-2008 and I remembered seeing the occasional episode of the show on TV as a kid, but to sit down and watch this wonderful show has been something I really look forward to in the evenings.
I’ve been able to take some really nice walks in some really nice places in Boston in the last month including along the Charles River Esplanade, in the Boston Public Garden, and just through a couple of different parks in Brookline and other various areas of Boston. Taking walks alone and with others is something I really enjoy.
The Newsies cast recording
I’ve long loved the Newsies, and it was actually the first show I saw on Broadway when I traveled to New York in the summer after my sophomore year of high school. I had a pretty big assignment due a couple of weeks ago, and the Newsies cast recording really got me through that project. “The World Will Know” is the ultimate pump up jam and personal opinion is a better song than “Seize the Day.”