Bookends: May 2016

When I got dressed this past Sunday I felt pretty badass. I went to church, and I got lots of compliments, so when I got home I had my daughter take a photo of me to record my badassitude:


I think that we captured the badassitude well, thanks in part to the hydrangea—long considered one of the most badass of flowering shrubs—in the background, but the photo also records what appears to be a very sour and perhaps confrontational mood.

But this is me happy! I swear!

So while it’s possible that my facial expression is just baseline surly, I think this photo and the fact that even when I’m happy I look surly says something about the packed, stressful month May was.

June’s looking to have much more reading time in it, though. I’ve already finished one book, and it’s only June 1, which seems very promising. If I read a boatload of books this month, I’ll have to post another photo of myself and see if I look less pissed off.

Here’s what I read during May:

Grown-ups’ Books:

Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman

Kids’ Books:

By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder (audiobook, re-re-read)

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper (audiobook, second book in the Dark is Rising series)

Currently Reading:

  • The Histories by Herodotus (for my Cavalcade of Classics, as a never-ending read-aloud with my daughter)
  • SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard
  • The Last Days of Socrates by Plato (read-aloud with my daughter)
  • Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson (SBC May selection)

My To-Read List for June:

  • Atlas of Unknowns by Tania James (SBC June selection—Read along with us at our Goodreads Group!)
  • The Martian by Andy Weir (my daughter read this in May, and having seen the movie, I feel like I ought to see what she just read)

My Long-Shot To-Read List for June:

  • The Odyssey of KP2 by Terrie M. Williams (at my daughter’s urging)
  • A Girl from Yamhill by Beverly Cleary

What have you enjoyed reading in the past month? What’s on your to-read list for June? Do you look pissed off when you’re actually happy? If you blog your answer, please post a link in the comments (and/or link back to this post, if you’re so inclined).

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