My Reading Month: February 2017

One of the best things about nailing down a nighttime routine for the baby is getting back the use of our bedroom. I’ve mentioned before our nightly ice cream ritual, once the baby goes down, and while that still happens occasionally, it has mostly been replaced by me chowing down on a Lara bar and then cracking open a book.

And it’s glorious.

To lay in my bed with my lamp on, chat with my wife, and then dive into a book until I get too sleepy to continue. Like, eight PM. (I wish I was kidding.) It’s a pastime that I missed out on for months and months, and I’m glad that after Gus has his books, mama can have hers.

This month has been a good one for books, so let’s get right to it.

My Reading Month:  February 2017

  • Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen. (Comic) Sarah Andersen’s comics get shared a lot around Instagram, and with good reason:  they’re funny, and they’re so, so spot on. Andersen delivers comic vignettes – moments of adulthood that prove we’re all just kind of faking our way through this thing. A fun quick read.
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  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. (Novel) I am years late to this party, but I’m glad I dropped in. This book…. the ending! Gah! Oscar is a Dominican nerd, a perpetual virgin, and a hopeless romantic, and his college roommate tells the epic story of his rise and tragic fall. A power punch of a book, and one I had a hard time putting down.
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  • Something New:  Tales from a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisley. (Graphic memoir) Okay, brass tacks:  I would happily read Lucy Knisley’s grocery list. The girl is a delight to read, and since I had the baby, her Instagram has carried me, showing me to myself and giving me moments of levity and solidarity. This particular memoir, however, is pre-baby, and is the story of her wedding, full of humor and personality and questions about feminism, family, and tradition. Almost made me wish I was getting married again. (Almost.) I have more to say about this book – so much more – but I’m going to save it for an upcoming installment of Shelf Life.

    Dedication from Knisley's book... which is so nice! (And was also one of my IGs for #riotgrams)
    Dedication from Knisley’s book… which is so nice! (And was also one of my IGs for #riotgrams)

I usually don’t include links to articles I read during the month for a couple reasons. One, I always save articles to read and then forget to read them. Two, y’all probably do the same thing and don’t need me adding to the pile. But – BUT – I read this article from the Smithsonian and geeked out so hard. Math to build the ultimate taffy pull. I took particular pleasure that there was a Supreme Court case over taffy pull patents. So, you know, nerd out with me, if you like.

On to the reading!


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