As always, linking up with my friend Leigh Kramer to share what I’m into.
I say this every time I write an update: May was wonderful and crazy.
I loved getting to teach a roomful of library patrons how to bullet journal for my local library’s How-To Festival. (And LOVED meeting some of you there!)
Before the school year ended, Will and I got to sneak into Silas’s kindergarten classroom to be the class’s last “surprise readers” for the year. I didn’t mean to be last—it’s just that it’s done on a volunteer basis, and I forgot! But I remembered just in time to sneak into the classroom and share a few favorites with the class. It was a wonderful almost-ending to a fantastic school year for him.
We just kicked off summer in earnest around here. After making a big school change a few months’ back, all four kids had a great finish to their school year last week. And then suddenly it was the long weekend with pool time, cookouts, and baseball.
I’ve been reading like a maniac and putting the final touches on the Summer Reading Guide. Every year I think this is never going to come together in time! And every year, it does. I’m so thrilled with how this year’s turned out. The spring/summer 2016 titles are so good this year (in blessed contrast to last year, when I had to dig harder than usual to find the good stuff) and the guide itself looks so good. Pretty colors and completely ad-free.
… is so fun. This month we finally did a recap episode where I chatted with six previous guests to find out what happened after they were on the show: what did they actually read next, and what did they think? Listen to it right here.
Last week I chatted with a reader who came to me with a special request: she wanted great novels to pack for her honeymoon. In other words: great summer reads. This was such a good episode to start the summer reading season! Listen to it right here.
New episodes come out every Tuesday. If YOU would like to be a guest on What Should I Read Next, this page is for you.
What I’m reading
My early summer reading is completely predictable: after spending months and months reading contemporary fiction nonstop for the Summer Reading Guide, now I want to read the old stuff, plus the new books everyone will be talking about this summer.
• When We Were the Kennedys by Monica Wood. I’m listening to this one. I grabbed the ebook from the kindle deals page, then paid an extra few bucks to get the audio version.
• The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger, which is pretty much exactly like I expected.
• The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver. I love her work but I’ve never read this, her debut.
• Mysteries of the Mall: and Other Essays by Witold Rybczynski. Because I’m an urban planning junkie, and I love his work.
• Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Silas and I are listening to this on audio together. If you told me a few years back I’d let my 6 year old get past book 3 in the Harry Potter series, I would have called you crazy. But here we are.
What I’m watching
True story: my kids are obsessed (obsessed!) with chess right now, which might explain why we ALL loved Searching for Bobby Fischer. Such a great family movie night.
We’ve also been watching The Great British Baking Show together. Season 1 is on Netflix and Prime. I still can’t figure out how to watch season 2, but we found season 6 just fine on Youtube.
Will and I watched Begin Again. We had some Big Questions when it was over about plot, theme, etc. but it certainly held our attention.
Will and I stuck it out with The Blacklist through some questionable episodes and plot choices this season … but the writers found redemption with the finale. So good. (Although I think the perfect season ending was about two minutes before the show actually ended.)
I hope you had a lovely May. What have YOU been into lately?