Explore 2019: New Authors

What are you reading right now? We became regulars at our city library because as soon as Violet started reading, she could not get enough. And it proved awesome for me too, because along with Quiet Reading Time (a real thing in our house!) came time for me to read!

Seriously, Violet has the weirdest account history because I am too lazy to use separate cards so all of my checkouts are on her account!

Anyway, one thing I love doing is loading up my hold queue; both with authors I have enjoyed but especially new-to-me authors (in this case Kate Atkinson and Anna Burns). I recently picked up this library haul and so commences my weird little practice of reading the first few pages of each in order to land on which one I will read in full first!

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Explore 2019: Alice Hoffman

Who are your favorite authors? I became an avid reader later in life (and now it's one of my favorite means of self-care, relaxation, and escape) but I'm still a little surprised that I only recently read Alice Hoffman for the first time. I could barely put "The Rules of Magic" down -- notably pausing to order more Hoffman titles from the library! Thank you for the gift of your writing, Alice Hoffman.

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Explore 2019: History

What kind of books do you love reading? I'm definitely a fan of novels and always have a running stack on my nightstand and in my library queue.

I can't remember where I saw this recommendation but during a recent library pickup I was reminded that I had ordered Jill Lepore’s "These Truths: A History of the United States." Honestly, I put it on my queue so long ago that I didn't remember I had ordered it. And I was also like, WHOA, I have never read a history book for fun (despite wanting to improve my knowledge -- which is really quite poor -- in this domain).

I'm admittedly daunted by the size of this volume, but I am ready to explore (my 2019 word) American history through this book. It's competing with these other 3 novels but I started in on "These Truths" + "Do Not Become Alarmed" in tandem last night!

And how is this for cosmic? Last night I was reading Jill Lepore's Introduction about the battle between Thomas Jefferson writing, "We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable" (i.e., God-given and divine) and Benjamin Franklin editing it to, "We hold these truths to be self-evident" (i.e., empirical and observable...scientific)...which in itself was a fascinating thing to learn about. And then it turned out that this morning Violet had a classroom event in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., and one of the lines she read aloud was, "We hold these truths to be self-evident." WHAT?!

Clearly, it's time for me to explore American history alongside my kids!

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