Did I read any poetry? No, not really, except that I’m currently reading Brown Girl Dreaming aloud to my fourth and fifth grade students, and a collection of random poetry books to my younger kids – A Pizza the Size of the Sun, Everything On It, and so on. I liked Wabi Sabi, but mostly I was uninspired.
Did I write any poetry? Not a single word.
Books Read in April 2015
- Iron Hearted Violet, Kelly Barnhill (middle grade, secondary world fantasy)
- Let’s Eat Ramen, Nagumo + Aji-ichi (manga, contemporary)
- The Story Thieves, James Riley (middle grade, multiverse fantasy – in progress)
- Virgin: The Untouched History, Hanne Blank (nonfiction)
- The Darkest Part of the Forest, Holly Black (YA, urban fantasy)
- How to be a Heroine, Samantha Ellis (nonfiction – in progress)
I dipped in and out of reading slumps this month. Every time I thought I was smooth sailing, I would lose interest again. But I’ve found that informational texts can keep me interested, even when I’m struggling to stay focused on fiction.
- Jupiter Ascending (live action, sci-fi – in theaters)
- Song of the Sea (traditional animated, fantasy)
- Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (computer animated, steampunk)
I love going to see movies in theaters, so even if Jupiter Ascending was, in the words of a friend, “space trash,” she was right to call it “glorious space trash” and I really enjoyed it. Song of the Sea, on the other hand, was completely beautiful, and not with the “guilty pleasure” disclaimer – it’s genuinely lovely.
Music Listened in April 2015
- Kintsugi – Death Cab for Cutie
- The Nights – AVICII
Thanks for the First Listen, NPR. I couldn’t stop looping Kintsugi for the first few weeks of the month.
More – Anything Else?
TV Programs Watched in April 2015
- Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (anime, adventure)
- Criminal Minds (live action, crime drama)
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (live action, crime drama)
- CSI: Cyber (live action, crime drama)
- The Heroic Legend of Arslan (anime, war epic)
I started both CSI: Cyber and The Heroic Legend of Arslan this month. CSI: Cyber is a definite for me, even though CSIs don’t usually do it for me because I love the team. (Brody is my style icon.) I’m waiting to see if Arslan improves; the animation is subpar and the war epic isn’t my usual genre, but I’m invested in Arslan himself already and I want to know if he can bring peace to the kingdom of Pars through diplomacy, empathy, and mutual understanding instead of fighting like his father.