Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Mission: Summer Syllabus

Ashlie over at the wonderful blog, Be Your Own Lady  encouraged her readers to create a summer syllabus for themselves; including things that we want to read, watch, or do over the summer. This is the first summer in two years that I feel like I'll finally have a bit of time to actually enjoy the season. As a librarian, summer is typically our busiest time of year but I'm looking forward to squeezing in some fun where I can. :)

Here are the books I'd like to read this summer, in between trips to the beach, hikes, and work. I'm going to try to not stress too much if I don't get everything read, but this seems like a good place to start. Thank goodness for audiobooks! 

Book Club Books:
The Last of the Breed by Louis L'Amour (library)
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (library)
You Don't Have to Like Me: Essays on Growing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding Feminism by Alida Nugent (#beyourownbookclub)

Graphic Novels:
Scott Pilgrim series by Bryan Lee O'Malley (finish)
Locke & Key series by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez (finish)
Lumberjanes series by Noelle Stevenson (finish)

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
No Baggage: A Minimalist Tale of Love and Wandering by Clara Benson
Stir: My Broken Brain and Meals That Brought Me Home by Jessica Fechtor

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
I am Princess X by Cherie Priest 
Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

Re-Reads/Childhood Favorites:
Time Windows by Kathryn Reiss
The Other Shepards by Adele Griffin
The Doll in the Garden by Mary Downing Hahn 

Great Michigan Read Nominating Committee:
Eden Springs by Laura Kasischke
Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm by Mardi Link
The Turner House by Angela Flournoy 

Other Fiction:
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James

Monday, June 13, 2016

NYC Redux

Last month, Kyle and I headed out to New York City to see A Streetcar Named Desire at St. Ann's Warehouse Theater in Brooklyn. It was a whirlwind, but I absolutely loved every second of it. Queen of Everything Gillian Anderson performed the role of Blanche DuBois and was simply amazing. The whole production left me breathless. 

We stayed with Kyle's cousin and his wife in Brooklyn and were so grateful for their hospitality and patience with us as we figured out how to navigate the subway system. Plus, they knew the best restaurants and coffee shops, so major bonus there. 

We did a lot of waking and took a lot of pictures. I cannot wait to go back.