highlight from my reading list
I read some excellent books in April: Riley Redgate’s Seven Ways We Lie (which I reviewed here) and Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give, to name a couple. But one I didn’t talk about nearly enough is Sometimes We Tell the Truth by Kim Zarins, a YA retelling of The Canterbury Tales that sings with cleverness and humanity. The book follows a bus full of high school seniors en route to Washington D.C. for a civics field trip—and as they drive, each one tells a story of his or her own design. I loved seeing the author modernize medieval anecdotes, and I loved watching the students open up to each other through their tales.
You don’t have to have an extensive knowledge of medieval literature to enjoy Sometimes We Tell the Truth (although I wish I had been slightly more familiar with the source material—I’ve only read a few of the stories in The Canterbury Tales), and there’s intersex and bi/pansexual representation. It’s an all-around excellent read, especially (but not exclusively) for fans of retellings of the classics.
highlight from my tbr
Spotlighting a girl who becomes an internet sensation after a video of her saving a distressed baby goes viral, The Unlikelies sounds like the perfect summer read. Plus, the protagonist goes on to create a group of five mismatched local teens whose mission is to right wrongs in their neighborhood, which seems to me like an excellent use of one of my favorite plot devices: the “join the team” trope. This premise, combined with the humor and hidden depth the blurb promises, is sure to produce a great book to pick up this June or July.
highlights from my life
- I finally finalized my summer plans. I'm working full-time as a summer reading clerk at a nearby library, and I can't wait to spend my days surrounded by books and working with children. I have a feeling it will be the best summer job I could have asked for.
- I confirmed I'm going to Book Expo! I'll officially be in New York City from May 31 to June 3. (I can't believe it's only one month away!) I've never been to Book Expo before, so I'm absolutely thrilled—I want to meet everyone, so if you'll be there too, let me know!
- I marched for science on Earth Day! I've been to a few marches and protests since the fateful day of November 8, and the Indianapolis March for Science was my favorite yet. I loved being around a huge crowd of people as passionate about science as I am (and, of course, seeing everyone's clever signs). I'd highly recommend joining protests near you—I'm already looking forward to the next one.
- I explored my city. From meandering alone on Sunday afternoons to visiting the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library and making pottery at the Fountain Square Clay Center with friends, I tried to get outside and explore Indianapolis this month. I'll be moving back to the suburbs for the summer, so I wanted to appreciate my last few weeks (for a while, that is) living downtown.
I stopped by the lovely @VonnegutLibrary this afternoon, and now I'm in the mood to read everything Kurt Vonnegut ever wrote 📚 pic.twitter.com/txAHroQ9fb— Emily Rasmussen (@emjrasmussen) April 29, 2017
Who thinks I should change my major to ceramics? 💁 pic.twitter.com/969gvugsaH— Emily Rasmussen (@emjrasmussen) April 30, 2017
I hope all of you had a lovely April and are planning ahead for an even lovelier May!