Monday, July 3, 2017

Last day of school

The last day of school was a while ago, but I'd be remiss if I didn't share the pictures I took of my big girl.  So here she is:





Oh, first grade.  You're not going to know what hit you.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Books and books and books

Books I read in February:
The Sinister Pig. Tony Hillerman
Bitterroot. James Lee Bourke*
The Jumberjanes, Vols. 1-3. *

Books I read in March:
How Children Succeed. Paul Tough*

Books I read in April:
Together is Better: A Little Book of Inspiration. Simon Sinek*
The Spider Woman's Daughter. Anne Hillerman*

Books I read in May
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. Natasha Pulley*

Books I read in June:
Mr. Chartwell. Rebecca Hunt*
In a Dark, Dark Wood. Ruth Ware*

There were probably a few others I read that I didn't write down anywhere.  I found a note on my phone that said I read The Secrets of Wishtide by Kate Saunders, but it doesn't say when.  I remember liking that pretty well. 

I liked some of the books, and others I just kept reading because I wanted to participate in my library's year-long reading challenge.  I hated Bitterroot, but finished it because it let me check the box for a book with a one-word title.  Together is Better could be read in a day (check), The Watchmaker of Filigree Street was someone's first novel (check), Mr. Chartwell featured a character's name in the title (check), and How Children Succeed was a nonfiction book (check). 

There were a few (maybe more than a few) books I started reading and then stopped because I wasn't having fun.  Cody got me a scary crime novel that wound up being way too scary.  There were some I checked out of the library just to enjoy the pictures (there was one on terrariums that I sort of remember). 

Evelyn is still reading like a house on fire.  She's enrolled in our library's summer reading program, where she fills out a slip telling the library how may books she's read and then puts stickers on her chart.  She's been (sort of) keeping up with the number of books she's read all by herself, because she's a big girl.  She's also doing well in her school's summer reading challenge that is supposed to encourage kids to read at least 15 minutes a day.  Keeping up with that is more on the adults in her life and we're all just guesstimating.  When I don't know, I just write down 90 minutes for most days.  Some days are more play-heavy than others so she doesn't read as much, but any time we drive somewhere she reads almost the entire time.  I feel silly writing down that she reads 2+ hours a day, but her reading teacher will probably believe us.  What I have trouble believing is that she tried reading some Sherlock Holmes yesterday, but here we are.