Reading the Shelves – Friday Check-in

I’m on vacation, so I am finding lots of time for reading. Not shockingly, I have NOT missed work at all. Of course, eventually, I’ll have to go back to the office, but my hope is that the reading will continue because I am finding myself in the middle of many wonderful books.

Currently reading from my bookshelves:


  • Calypso by David Sedaris: I have learned that David Sedaris walks 25 1/2 miles (60,000 steps) per day picking up trash along the street. It takes him nine hours, but he does not consider it a waste of time because he listens to audio books and podcasts and talks to people and learns things. On days that I don’t run, I average 2,500 steps. I am a slug.
  • The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees. I listen to the funny By the Book podcast about self-help books. I mostly enjoy their takedowns of books that offer ridiculous advice, but this book actually sounded helpful. My style can be best described as middle-aged-mom-who-wasn’t-stylish-even-when-she-was-younger. Fingers crossed for some improvement.


  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan: I have desperately missed having good romcoms in the theaters, so I was ready to see this as soon as I heard about it. It did NOT disappoint. I loved it so much, I had to get the book.

Recently completed:


  • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith: Wonderful mix of coming-of-age story and Pride and Prejudice-style romance. The main character chronicles the unexpected and exciting events in her unusual family’s lives as she’s learning how to become a writer and as she’s discovering who she is. I could hardly put it down. And though I mostly predicted the eventual couplings of the main characters, it’s no less satisfying than seeing the wished-for romances come together in Jane Austen’s deft hands. (I am sad that my teenage self missed out on this, but what a find for adult me!)

Recently borrowed from the library (because I can’t afford to own them all):

Picture books:

  • Floaty by John Himmelman: Adorable and unexpected. A great reminder that creative storytelling can be completely “unrealistic” and yet make perfect sense.
  • Milo and Georgie by Bree Galbraith (illus. by Josée Bisaillon): Sweet and fanciful tale of siblings who react differently when they move to a new city.
  • Wombat Walkabout by Carol Diggory Shields (illus. by Sophie Blackall): My teenage daughter has been obsessed with wombats since she was little, so I’m always drawn to books featuring these stout creatures. This story is an adorable rhyming adventure about wombats escaping a sneaky dingo. The sweet illustrations are by Sophie Blackall, an Australia-native and acclaimed illustrator of Finding Winnie and Ivy and Bean.
  • Owl Moon by Jane Yolen (illus. by John Schoenherr): This Caldecott Medal winner about a young girl and her father going owling is required reading for anyone interested in lyrical picture books.
  • The Magic Brush: A Story of Love, Family, and Chinese Characters by Kat Yeh (illus. by Huy Voun Lee): This was recommended to me as a mentor text for my story about a young immigrant girl, and I’m so glad I was able to find it. It’s about a young girl learning calligraphy and Chinese characters from her aging grandfather while her little brother naps. Together they create magical stories until her grandfather is no longer able to be there, and she discovers that now she can pass on their wonderful tradition. I may have cried in a waiting room where I read this. It was worth it.

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