The Rain in Spring

The first half of this week gave us gloomy skies, with splattering rain on the ground and small storms rolling lazily overhead.

While it was raining outside on Tuesday, Mikey and I decided to do some rain crayon-resist watercolours as part of our art exploration . He has been home, pulled out of school, since the end of March and each day since then has been an adventure. Some more detailed writing about our homeschooling will come, I wanted to give ourselves the opportunity to grow into it for a while first. We have a field trip to the Chicago History Museum coming up next week, we are both looking forward to that.

I started and finished reading The Just City by Jo Walton last week. It’s about an experimental city based on Plato’s Republic, and although I enjoyed much of the philosophical and ethical discussion between characters, the main plot was just a little too fantastical for me. A strange mix of modern and classical, something that I feel like I should have really enjoyed but in the end was just OK.

I’ve picked up my next read, a book of short monster stories collected by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant, Monstrous Affections. This one I am enjoying much more, some fun twists on the typical creepy monster stories. I have Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng and The Unspeakable by Meghan Daum loaded into my eReader, I’m hoping I’ll be able to get to them both before they run out of loan time and magically disappear.

I started reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon but I just couldn’t seem to get into it, so I abandoned it 58 pages in. I’m getting better about doing that, I used to feel guilty and stick with books that just didn’t interest me… but now it just feels like a waste of precious reading time to do that. I can always pick it up again from the library later if I change my mind.

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