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So happy to share – I’ve been accepted to @UBCiSchool to pursue an MLIS 😁📚🎉 (I can finally put future librarian in my bio!!)
— Jenna (@fallingletters) March 13, 2017
March was a much more consistent month for me than February. Although I still ended up travelling for four days! I snagged some last minute work up north during spring break (when there’s no work for an EA). The most exciting bit of March is that piece of news I shared above 🙂 I will be attending the University of British Columbia in the fall. This means moving to Vancouver from the prairies. I am so excited about living out west, but less excited about finding a place to live (let alone an affordable one, hah…). Reading wise, I had better success than in February. I still haven’t quite caught up to my Goodreads goal. I didn’t read as much middle grade as I thought I might have, so I plan to remedy that during the 24 hour read-a-thon towards the end of April.
- Minds of Winter by Ed O’Loughlin
- Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- A Secret Vice by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Mad Richard by Leslye Krueger
- Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of Your Fist by Sunil Yapa
- The Plants of Middle-Earth by Dinah Hazell
- Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
- Middle Grade feat. Some Personal Favourites (from the 2016 Cybils middle-grade fiction nominees):
- Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
- Allie, First at Last by Angela Cervantes
- Just Like Me by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
- Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
- The Girl Who Beat ISIS by Farida Khalaf
- Neverhome by Laird Hunt
- The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
- Minds of Winter by Ed O’Loughlin
- Middle Grade feat. Historical Fiction (from the 2016 Cybils middle-grade fiction nominees):
- Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm
- Ruby Lee and Me by Shannon Hitchcock
- Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
- Finding Fortune by Delia Ray
- Aim by Joyce Meyer Hostetter
- Some Kind of Courage by Dan Geimenhart
- Nine, Ten by Nora Raleigh Bashkin
- Tolkien in Translation edited by Thomas Honegger (guest post at Pages Unbound)
Words and Pictures
- A Silent Voice Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 by Yoshitoki Ooima – I ranked vol. 3 higher than vol. 2 on GoodReads because the main issue I was concerned about (Nishimiya not being depicted as having any agency) is starting to be addressed. I think the point of vol. 2 and 3 were to demonstrate how self-centered Shoya was being in his desire to make things right with Nishimiya. His actions and therefore the story was about him instead of her. Kind of a ‘manic pixie dream girl’ thing going on, though Shoya is clearly depicted as being in the wrong. Towards the end of vol. 3, Nishimiya starts taking visible action for herself, so I’m looking forward to hopefully seeing more of her character in the next volumes. (Not sure about where the ‘cliffhanger’ is going, though…) The inclusion of more old classmates from grade six added new perspectives to the story. I was so glad when Shoya realized how awful one of his classmates still is.
- Will I See? by David Alexander Robertson, GMB Chomichuk and Iskwe – I started writing about this graphic novel about missing and murdered Indigenous women, but I have now decided it deserves its own post.
- Triangle by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen – Another excellent release from this duo. I had the pleasure of first encountering this book through a reading Klassen did. I would love to find more picture books with this kind of humour.
- What Do You Say, Dear? by Seslye Joslin and Maurice Sendak – I read this book and the next when I checked out an exhibition of the Perry Nodelman Maurice Sendak collection at my alma mater (on until April 10 at the University of Winnipeg, if you’re in the area!). Originally published in the 1950s, this cute book introduces polite phrases in creative ways (ex. “What do you say when you bump into a crocodile on a crowded city street?”)
- Outside Over There by Maurice Sendak – See above. This book inspired the film Labyrinth (which I was wondering about when I read it, haha – “Was this published before or after Labyrinth?”, I thought.)
- I wrote about my plans for celebrating Tolkien Reading Day, held annually on March 25.
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Great post – reminded me that blogging isn’t just about reading better! https://t.co/v3I8hclw5A
— Jenna (@fallingletters) March 2, 2017
Check out this article for a better exploration of the role of race and identity in Shadowshaper (2/2) https://t.co/yMlmk6m3KY
— Jenna (@fallingletters) March 3, 2017
— Kate Messner (@KateMessner) March 5, 2017
Chi-miigwech for your beautiful gifts to all of us, Richard. I would not be the writer I am today without you. Love and respect forever. pic.twitter.com/XUOdGNKgdO
— Waubgeshig Rice (@waub) March 11, 2017
— David A. Robertson (@DaveAlexRoberts) March 15, 2017
And finally: a library w/o out trained, qualified staff is NOT a library. It’s a program-less, non-teaching, dehumanized book warehouse. https://t.co/HlJHngDxnr
— Monique Woroniak (@mworoniak) March 19, 2017
It’s not that white people shouldnt discuss diversity, its that you need to be ready to value the opinion of people living it over your own
— Shanelle Little (@ShanelleLittle) March 22, 2017
Interesting options! I just went with CoE, cos I would love to see/hear everyone sharing their bits of story. https://t.co/ciGxA9fqHi
— Jenna (@fallingletters) March 24, 2017
On Wonder, choosing kind, and inspiration pornhttps://t.co/VeKSef1DHQ
— Mindy Rhiger (@mindyreads) March 9, 2017
apparently kids are really into the Illuminati & it’s coming up a LOT on this Triangle book tour so we are cashing in pic.twitter.com/pKzqSgjmR4
— jon klassen (@burstofbeaden) March 24, 2017
Gollum bites off Frodo’s finger then falls, with the Ring, into the fire. THE DOWNFALL OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS. The Barad-dûr crumbles.
— Shire Reckoning West (@ShireReckoningW) March 25, 2017
Upcoming in April
- 11 Apr – Publication of Sputnik’s Children by Terri Favro (woman writes a Cold War-era inspired comic book featuring a heroine based on herself in an alternate reality – I’m currently reading this and it’s actually pretty cool, more so than I can briefly sum up here), Gutenberg’s Fingerprint by Merilyn Simonds (memoir about the “past, present, and evolving future of the book”), and Music of the Ghosts by Vaddey Ratner (woman returns to Cambodia from America for the first time since fleeing as a child refugee)
- 24 Apr – Elizabeth Goudge Reading Day hosted by Emerald City Book Review
- 25 Apr – Publication of Borne by Jeff VanderMeer (How do you sum up a VanderMeeer novel? New weird scifi release from author of The Southern Reach trilogy)
- 29 Apr – Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon
What new releases or bookish events are you looking forward to in April?