I meant to write this post yesterday, which is to say that I meant to write it last week sometime, but somehow that never happened. There is gas main construction going on in our neighborhood, resulting in things like having no water for seven hours at a time, so we have been doing less at home and hitting the road for various adventures instead. The tour of Massachusetts beaches continues, in other words. But we have all been reading a lot, so I thought I might share a bit of what we have been reading, and maybe see what you all have been up to as well.
For her part, Mariam finished up reading the Mysterious Benedict Society books this summer, as well as reading a couple of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. I think that she just finished Little Town on the Prairie. Annie 2.0 arrived for a visit this weekend, and brought along Wildwood, which M. has been wanting to read. They started reading it together a couple of nights ago, but I might try to catch up so that I can read it with Mariam when Annie heads back to Oregon. Mariam has probably read almost a book a day all summer long, including everything from The One and Only Ivan to a pile of Nancy Drew mysteries and about half of the Series of Unfortunate Events books. She loved The One and Only Ivan and was really excited when she heard that the book had won the Newbury Medal for this year.
For my part, I have gone deep down the natural history hole, as I am wont to do. A few weeks ago, I read the new David Quammen book, which I found totally riveting. I am like a certifiable squealing David Quammen fangirl, a fact which is so incredibly nerdy I can't even believe I just admitted to it on the Interwebs. But there it is. I have read everything the man has written and engage in Internet stalking to find out when new books will come out. I can't believe I was so slow to read his latest; I blame it on the residency match/move situation. And laziness.
Tim Gallagher also has a new book out, about his trek to Mexico to search for the likely extinct imperial woodpecker. I'm about half way into that one right now, reading it along with Dawn, who was the one that told me about it. I'm a big fan of Gallagher's earlier woodpecker chronicle, but somehow missed the fact that there was a new book.
Last week, I read The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, by Elisabeth Tova Bailey, which I also really enjoyed. It is part natural history, part memoir, part call to being present and grateful in daily life. It is very well written and strangely engaging, considering that a lot of it is about snails. I would definitely recommend it to my friends and neighbors. I've also been browsing The Seaside Naturalist, which is a truly fantastic reference for any of you beachgoing folks living on or visiting the eastern seaboard. I picked it up at the local Audubon center and have looked at it almost daily since then.
And for Z.'s part? More with the pigeon and the bus. Yes. Still.
I don't believe I've got anything on deck, so if you have a great read to recommend, do leave it in the comments for us all to see! I love to know what everyone is reading.