Sunday, April 16, 2017

What I've Been Reading Lately: Airplane Reads + Children's Books

One of the best things about reading-besides the actual reading-is the sense of accomplishment that one gets from finishing a book. Listening to an audio book doesn't give me that same sense of satisfaction that I get when I finish the final page and softly shut (or in some cases, slam!) the back cover.

Here's what I've been closing the back cover on lately:

Calico Bush, by Rachel Field - (I read a library copy with the original wood engravings, which was a far prettier cover than the one shown here.) In 1742, young Marguerite and her grandmother leave France on board a ship bound for a French Settlement in America. But disaster strikes aboard the ship and Marguerite finds herself working as a "bound-out" girl or indentured servant to a family headed to an isolated claim on the northern coast of Maine. I liked this book a lot but have unresolved feelings about the ending. If you've read this, let me know what you thought!

Bird Lake Moon, by Kevin Henkes - I really like Henke's picture books (Wemberly Worried and Chrysanthemum being my favorites), so when I discovered that he also wrote chapter books, I knew I needed to read them, too. I originally checked this out as a family read-aloud but ended up just reading it to myself. It deals with some pretty big themes, like divorce and the death of a sibling, but Henke does emotional stuff, and the big feelings that come with it, well.

Hidden Figures: 
The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly - I haven't seen this movie yet, but it's on my must-see list, especially after reading the book. For anyone living under a rock, this is about the women who were "human computers" and who did the calculations that would send men into space. They were quietly making important advances at a time when society was still segregated and they had to deal with disparities like separate bathroom and lunch rooms. A fascinating and important read. (An interesting side note from the book: When Ghandi's personal doctor came to the US with him, he wasn't permitted to eat in the same restaurant as Ghandi because his skin was "too dark.") 


  1. The movie of Hidden Figures is excellent! (I'm sorry that they left out your interesting side note, but on the other hand I can't see where they would have fitted it in.) A somewhat similar story that you might like is The Dismissal of Miss Ruth Brown--here's my review.

  2. I've heard multiple recommendations for Hidden Figures lately (obviously, with the movie just coming out it's getting press). I think I'll have to read that before I see the movie!