February is a short month, but I got a lot of reading done, thanks partly to a bout of sickness that confined me to the house for a few days. Highlights included finishing David Copperfield and comparing it to Demon Copperhead; the ongoing #LoveHain readalong hosted by Calmgrove; discovering the beautiful, harrowing memoirs of Joy Harjo; reviewing the Folio Society edition of The Farthest Shore for Shiny New Books; and slowly making my way through the wrenching classic All Quiet on the Western Front, a book that should have been the book to end all wars, if people would only take its message to heart.
What were your memorable reads in February?
- Rocannon’s World by Ursula K. Le Guin – #LoveHain readalong
- David Copperfield by Charles Dickens – Reread
- Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo – Spiritual Memoir Challenge
- Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
- The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin – Reviewed in Shiny New Books
- All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque – Around the world, Germany
- Planet of Exile by Ursula K. Le Guin – #LoveHain readalong
- Poet Warrior by Joy Harjo – Spiritual Memoir Challenge
- Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi – Around the world, Japan
- The Baker’s Daughter by D.E. Stevenson
- Mrs Harris Goes to Paris by Paul Gallico
- Your Survival Instinct Is Killing You by Paul Schoen
- The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore
A former student of mine from Italki has been asking me to teach a class for a platform she runs in China — I was skeptical at first, but it seems to be legitimate, so I agreed to give a trial class, and if students signed up, to teach a seven-week series on American poets.
I enjoyed giving the introduction, which was attended by fourteen students and recorded so more potential students could watch it — but the minimum number have not yet signed up for the course, so I’m not sure it will be happening. If not, I don’t really mind, because I have enough on my plate, but it will be interesting if we can get a group together.
The last couple of months have been taken up with trying to decide where our son will go to school next year; his current school only goes to 10th grade so he needs to finish high school elsewhere. He visited three other Steiner/Waldorf schools, and to our relief decided to go to the closer one where his classmates will also be attending. It’s still an hour away by car, so we have to decide whether to move somewhere in between here and there, but at least it won’t be such an complete upheaval.
Otherwise, I shared the first steps in my spiritual direction training, and also enjoyed participating in Share Four Somethings –check it out to find out what I loved, saw, learned and ate this month. And let me know how your month was, too!