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:
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.
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.
For those of you that are playing, here is the April Bingo Sheet! Each player that posts about their reading Bingo gets a square in the next round!
Enjoy and I hope to read your Bingo hits in a few days!
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!
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
For those of you that are playing, here is the March Bingo Sheet! Each player that posts about their reading Bingo gets a square in the next round!
Enjoy and I hope to read your Bingo hits in a few days!
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.
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
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!
The wonderful Willaful won December Shallowreaderbingo! Yayyyy! Woooo!
Thank you for all who have read and followed my bingo game in 2016. I initially started it as a talking point for my radio stint but then, after 2 years reviewing books and libraries for the wonderful Linda Mottram who moved on to bigger and better things, the new host took different directions and my the stint didn’t eventuate. Instead I had the pleasure of tracking my reading in a way that made me laugh and from what I can tell made the players laugh too. My 2016 wrap up will come later in the week. I’m with my cousins from Greece and Europe having fun and much too busy to list my reads 🙂
To those of you who are playing and following along – Shallowreaderbingo will be back in 2017! Watch this space!
Meanwhile, I wish you all a safe and wonderful New Year. May the there be lots of love and warmth and strength for all of us to take hold of our literacy baton and run with it!
Coogee Beach 9pm fireworks