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Reads & Recommends

I can't remember the last time I did one of these. I only thought of doing it tonight because we've found a book series that Jackson really likes AND THAT I LIKE TOO and I felt that that was noteworthy. 

(And here I am, editing my own post after reading through everything - you won't like these. SORRY. God, I am depressing these days.)

The Secret Agent Jack Stalwart Series. My sister bought Jack the first book in the series for Christmas and two miraculous things happened: he liked it and he read it (mostly) by himself. !!! Then the other day she texted me a link to the fourth Jack Stalwart book because in that one he goes to LONDON which is where Jackson Cheung is headed in a few short months. I ordered it right away, it arrived today, we hammered out three chapters before bed. It's about a 9-year-old secret agent for the "Global Protection Force". He's sent on missions all over the world (very educational ones, obvs) and is ultimately looking for his older brother, also a secret agent who has mysteriously disappeared... I hadn't heard of this one anywhere else, so here's your heads up. (P.S. Jack and Molly have also discovered the Boxcar Children, which, barf.)

I finished David Downing's WWII spy series (starts with Zoo Station) and I haven't read anything I've liked since. I've been reading a sort of anthology of personal experiences during WWI, but... eh... I have a handful of books on hold. Oh, and I borrowed No Vulgar Hotel from my mother; it's Judith Martin's take on being a Venetophile - but if you're not in the section of the Venn diagram where "Miss Manners" and "Forget the rest of Europe, I'll rent a palace in Venice" meet, I'm not sure it's up your alley. I don't know why I don't immediately read what everyone else on Twitter is reading... I'm very happy in my war book/murder mystery rut, to be quite honest, and I could use a few more of those. There's IS a new Inspector Rutledge out, but I'll bet you a million dollars Meredith Channing isn't in it and I'll just get annoyed all over again that they're never going to let Rutledge be HAPPY FTLOG. All right all right, I know no one wants my BOOK recommendations. Harrumph. 

How about an app? The only phone games I like are Bejeweled, the NYT crossword to which I've stopped subscribing because it costs more than ninety-nine cents, and mindless-ish logic games, like Hashi. I finally found a new app I didn't delete after the first try. It's called Logic Dots and I don't know, maybe other people know it already or it's crazy boring? It's the perfect amount of puzzle and automaton swiping that I like to do before I turn out my lights. The first sets of puzzles are pretty simple, but I have a feeling they're going to get bigger and more complicated and start laughing at me. I don't love it like I love Hashi, but it's filling an App Void right now. 

Links?

Have you not seen the Taylor Swift Blank Space video? (Why haven't you?!) Okay, so I basically want to be Taylor Swift's character in this video. The clothes, the hair, the makeup, the style, the furnishings, the drama, the opportunity to whale on a fancy car with a golf club - YES, PLEASE. 

Think anyone is going to let me have my very own afternoon at Bletchley Park when we go to England? I'm guessing no. But this was a great article about an amazing place that no one knew about: Where The Real 'Imitation Game' Happened.

This is a really long, super geeky link about "advanced" enneagram stuff - moving towards, against, away from) and maybe skip this one? (I read it in chunks, bookmarked for future reference.) (Nerd.)

Why Asian-Americans Might Not Talk About Ferguson. I still don't have words for this topic, but it's been helpful to read a lot of what Asian-American leaders are saying to Asian-American churches. My general direction to myself is Listen. 

In a similar-ish vein, Why Can't Critics Talk About Fresh Off The Boat? Phillip and I eagerly and nervously await the debut of this network sitcom. 

I've been reading a lot about France... this was really interesting (I promise), about French secularism... and here's a piece on Politico.com about why it was okay Obama didn't go to the demonstration in Paris

Trying to parse all of that is HARD. 

To cap off a bunch of links you don't want to read, here's another! On that football game this past Sunday, the one during which I washed and changed everyone's sheets because I couldn't stand being around my overinvested husband shouting at the television. But this one made me want to hug the dude that couldn't hold onto that onside kick, man, I feel SO BAD for that guy. SO BAD.

 

Comments

april

That Jack Stalwart thing is exactly what I needed. Spencer has been flailing and needs an adventure series. Thank you.

Home Sweet Sarah

I did NOT feel bad for that guy. AT ALL.

HereWeGoAJen

Just don't let them go past book 19 in the Boxcar Children series because that is when it starts being ghostwritten and they are TERRIBLE. (Elizabeth loves this series too. And I did as a kid so I have a bunch of them.)

Lindsay

Speaking of war books, have you read "The Girl You Left Behind?" Or did I hear about that one from you? It's a great WWI story linked to a modern day one by my new fav author (and lots of other people's according to Amazon which may also be where I found out about her) - Jojo Moyes!

Katie

Two great novels involving unconventional narrative structures and the London Blitz: Life After Life (Kate Atkinson) and Night Watch (Sarah Waters). (Can't remember if you've mentioned either before.)

I enjoyed Alan Turing: The Enigma (biography on which movie is based) when I read it many years ago.

Postwar: A History of Europe since 1945 (Tony Judt) is enormous but engaging, and I remember his descriptions of the late '40s and '50s being fantastic - somehow I'd never thought about just how poor and devastated even England, let alone the rest of Europe, was after two wars and the Depression in-between.

Erin

Thank you so much for the Jack Stalwart recommendation - I got two from the library and last night my 8-year-old wanted to read on his own before bed (instead of me reading to him) for the first time in possibly forever! Thank you!!!

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