ShallowreaderBingo! May 2017

As my previous post indicates, May was crazy busy. So much so that I wasn’t going to put up a May Bingo Sheet at all. But then, commons sense prevailed. So I just pulled up May 2016’s sheet and made a tiny amount of tweaks!

If you are playing, enjoy!

 

Row 1: Ole; Epic Disaster Wardrobe Tragedy; May; Deja Vu; Narcissism. Row 2: Inchoate Cohesion; Love Triangle; Close but no cigar; Lashings; Train Travel. Row 3: Touch vs Sight; A walk in the park; Abstinence; Ooooh! That would be grand; Bloom. Row 4: Suck it!; Little Fluffy Clouds; Dead Dogs; That Dress; Do the Shake. Row 5: Twins; Silver Fox; Unicorns; Elemental, My Dear Watson. 15 - nooooo....17.

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April with a touch of May

I just realised that it has been a while since I wrote in my own shallows so I am going to use April’s Bingo sheet and SuperWendy’s super convenient TBR challenge topic of “Something Different” to describe my last 2 months of life as well as my reading:

 

Now (contemporary)

I have been incredibly busy. After a 12 month break, I am now teaching Digital Literacies at my uni’s pathway college. The content is really engaging and it is proving to be quite a different teaching space to what I am used to.

Dark Apollo

I continue to work twice a week at a public library in a ‘burb far far far away from my home. I am in awe of the excellent study culture in the community I work for. It is such a buzz seeing youth so deeply engaged in their studies. I am also a deselector for my library and there are times when deselecting feels like I am the more ominous Apollo of the Library World. The Apollo that brings down plague and pestilence to the world. Kill me now, for I hate deselection yet it has somehow become my specialisation over the last decade of library work. There are some gratifying moments like when you get rid of a book caked in snot but pleasssse, pleeaaaaase someone in the library world give me a selection job. I miss it desperately. Deselection makes me just want to tell all authors and publishers to give it up and stop fucking writing.

 

Burning library

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March 2017 ShallowreaderBingo write up

Lately, I have been whining a bit about being in a reading slump but in actual fact, I am only in a novel/fiction reading slump. The rest of my reading is pretty much buoyant and happening. So much so that I’m hitting those Bingo Squares for March. I could have doubled up on some of the squares but I have gone with only one square per reading. And I still fail at my own game as I can’t seem to score a straight run, dammit!

The circled squares for March are: Love thy neighbour, Bodily fluid, redundant, It's all Greek to Me, Comfort and Pretty.

Aaron Blabey's BustingBodily Fluid

I would argue that Aaron Blabey is in the top five Australian picture book authors evah! And his latest book Busting is a very funny, verse book about holding your wee in and bladder control.

Lou is BUSTING for the loo.
But the loo has quite a queue.
So what on earth is Lou to do?

This is an excellent book not only for kids who are being toilet trained but for anyone who enjoys the occasional toilet humour or struggles to find a toilet alternative. Continue reading

Reading – January and February bingo wrap up

Bingo card with circles around the squares that are listed.Yeah! Bingo is back and both Willaful and SuperWendy are already up on their blogs with their February wrap ups! This year, anyone that takes part in Bingo gets to call a square for the next month. Yep! Because I am soooo kind!

As for my reading, it is still very slumpy as the whole month was a write-off again as the heat has been horrid. So slumpy that I am counting both January and February in my wrap up and I STILL didn’t score a Bingo run!

But I did get to circle some:

Hot Hot Hot Hot

It has been so hot that and horrid that I am counting this March news article on how this was Australia’s hottest summer on record. This explains my inability to sleep, read, think and function.

an extraordinary theory of objects a memoir of an outsider in paris by stephanie lacavaSelf

Stephanie Lacava’s An extraordinary theory of objects: a memoir of an outsider in Paris. Lacava recounts her parents taking her whole family to live in Paris when she was 12 and discusses her loneliness, depression and subsequent attachment to objects to help herself to deal with her displacement. Displacement and migrant stories deeply interest me as they are so close to my own heart as the child of two migrants. However, this book’s layout, though quite interesting in that there are footnotes discussing the (hi)stories of the objects that Lacava is attached to, ended up being a big distraction away from the narrative of her experiences. My reading become fragmented between story and footnotes and this disjointed reading impacted on my immersion into Lacava’s recollections. I feel that I should have been moved but sadly, I remained distant to her experiences. Continue reading

IT IS BACK! ShallowreaderBingo 2017!

Having taken a long, too hot to blog so January did not happen, Summer holiday, ShallowreaderBingo is back!

My teeny weeny change for the year is that I will no longer be posting at the beginning of the month but I will be posting the sheet with only one week to go until the end of the month. So all that reading can’t be planned! I have made one concession though, with her permission, I am including SuperWendy’s TBR challenge as one of the squares.

So enjoy and start posting your Bingo hits as soon as you can!

Shallowreaderbingo: Row 1: Sweet Nectar of Glory; One Beating Heart; February; Tomato Sauce; Scratching. Row 2: Black; I wrote a letter to my mother; Beta; Uncup Me; Yeeha Cowbow! Row 3: Suck it! ; Happy Dance; Beauty; Kind; Bad Hair Day Row 4: 23; That Would Be Grand; Octopus; Hot Hot Hot Hot; Self. Row 5: New To You; No Lycra; Loving; Adonis; Pure.