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Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
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April 2017 Inclusive Reading Report
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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 15)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 22)
Mapping the roads of the American nightmare
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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 01): 05/01/17

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 1)
Hosted by Kathryn of Book Date.

Tuesday was the Science Fair and Open House at my daughter's school. She did a project on the best methods for creating slime. She discovered that the contact lens solution recipe created the best lasting slime — one that can be refrigerated and not lose any of its sliminess.

Slime results

Friday night we drove to Fort Baker in preparation for my daughter's bridging ceremony. Junior level Girl Scouts are invited to bridge to the Cadette level by literally crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. Although it's primarily a Bay Area thing, troops (and some Girl Guides) from all over the country do come.

Golden Gate Bridge before and after

Saturday was the actual walk across the the Golden Gate Bridge. Although we were staying near the starting point of the walk, we had to be dropped off at the Presidio to meet up with the other participants and catch a shuttle back to Vista Point. From there it was a 2.7 mile walk to Crissy Field where the bridging pins were handed out and the party was held.

After the walk and the party we got a ride back to our hotel. It was a comedy of errors trying to give instructions to my husband and son (who was acting as navigator / cellphone operator) while being hot, tired, and a bit lost. Anyway, we did eventually get found and got our ride back to Fort Baker.

Fort Baker

Today we came home. But that wasn't the end of our fun. We went to see Your Name, an excellent anime film from last year. Although I figured out what was going on within the first fifteen minutes or so, I still enjoyed the film immensely. The film also introduced me to a new word and concept — one that is central to the film — that would help to unify a bunch of my stray tangents in my road narrative project. That was an unexpected but welcomed bonus to seeing the film.

What all this fun means is that I didn't get much reading done.

What I read last week:

They Came in from the road
They Came in from the Road by Marjorie Starbuck and Elizabeth Platko
Personal collection
A novel about a family living along one of the newly built highways in Wyoming in the 1920s.
Bought on my trip.
Pierre the Maze Detective: The Search for the Stolen Maze Stone
Pierre the Maze Detective: The Search for the Stolen Maze Stone by Chihiro Maruyama and Hiro Kamigaki
Library
Little Bea
Little Bea by Daniel Roode

What I'm reading:

Pachinko
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Ebook
Multigenerational novel about a Korean family
Brownies and Broomsticks
Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates
Ebook
The start of the Magical Bakery mystery series.
Stone Heart
The Stone Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
Personal collection
The sequel to the Nameless City.

Up Next:

Merman in My Tub Volume 1
Merman in My Tub Volume 1 by Itokichi
Personal collection
The first in a manga series about a merman living in a guy's bathroom.
Farm Fresh Murder
Farm Fresh Murder by Paige Shelton
Library book
First of the Farmers' Market mystery series
California
California by Edan Lepucki
Personal collection

Last Week's Reviews

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Comment #1: Monday, May 01, 2017 at 02:46:11

Kathryn

How wonderful to walk across the bridge in SF. I've driven across it when visiting there many years ago but to walk it would be awesome. What a day!



Comment #2: Monday, May 01, 2017 at 09:15:00

Pussreboots

It was my third time walking across the bridge but my daughter's first time. In the past I was just playing tourist with my parents.



Comment #3: Monday, May 01, 2017 at 05:49:47

Majanka

Brownies and Broomsticks looks interesting. I hop you enjoy your books this week!

My It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post for this week.



Comment #4: Monday, May 01, 2017 at 09:18:00

Pussreboots

Brownies and Broomsticks reminds me of first season Charmed — if the entire series were just from Piper's point of view.



Comment #5: Monday, May 01, 2017 at 08:37:43

Laura @Library of Clean Reads

Both my kids had their science fair in March. My son loves making slime. He tried several recipes and finally invented his own.

I'm curious about Pachinko. Hope you have a lovely reading week!



Comment #6: Monday, May 01, 2017 at 09:22:00

Pussreboots

I'm about halfway through Pachinko. It starts off slow in the firsts section but now I'm fully involved and I wanted to see how things turn out.



Comment #7: Monday, May 01, 2017 at 08:43:17

Amanda

Great and diverse selection of books this week all are new to me too - enjoy!

The science fair and open house at your daughter's school sounds fun. Love her experiment idea! Hope you both enjoyed it.

Have a lovely week and thank you for stopping by my blog earlier.



Comment #8: Monday, May 01, 2017 at 09:29:00

Pussreboots

It was six months of having slime samples in the fridge and living room (in containers). It's nice to have that done so I can have that space back. But she had fun.



Comment #9: Monday, May 01, 2017 at 10:13:04

Laurel-Rain Snow

What a great ceremony that must have been! The symbolism of the Golden Gate Bridge...and the actual walking across it.

I remember doing that back in the day.

Enjoy your week and your reading, and thanks for visiting my blog.



Comment #10: Monday, May 01, 2017 at 09:33:00

Pussreboots

I don't remember my troop doing anything special for Bridging, so this event was new to me.



Comment #11: Monday, May 01, 2017 at 12:46:22

Beth F

I've walked the Brooklyn Bridge but not on the Golden Gate. Sounds like it'd be awesome. Hope you like California — I had mixed feelings.



Comment #12: Monday, May 01, 2017 at 11:23:00

Pussreboots

I'm from California. It was my third time walking across the bridge but my daughter's first time. Although we live only about seventeen miles away, the Golden Gate Bridge is out of our way so it was only her second time even seeing it. I personally would love to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. My one time to New York, and I couldn't convince any of my family to do that.



Comment #13: Monday, May 01, 2017 at 13:40:08

Mareli Thalwitzer

Science fair! Always such fun for the kids and they never forget it. Glad you had such great fun with your family. Thanks for sharing it with us.



Comment #14: Monday, May 01, 2017 at 11:29:00

Pussreboots

I like that the elementary school doesn't make a big deal out of the science fair. Although fifth and six graders are expected to do a project, it's open to every student.



Comment #15: Monday, May, 01, 2017 at 19:03:59

Wow! That is a hard core bridging ceremony. Our girls just walk over a little bridge by the pond down at the park. Congratulations to your daughter on moving up. That's awesome!



Comment #16: Monday, May 01, 2017 at 18:39:00

Pussreboots

Hardcore it is. And it was a hot, sunny day. San Francisco is usually foggy but not Saturday.



Comment #17: Monday, May 01, 2017 at 19:36:03

Deb Nance

What a cool way to move up in Girl Scouts! I have never heard of that before.

I understand why you did not read a lot last week!



Comment #18: Monday, May 01, 2017 at 18:41:00

Pussreboots

I only heard of it because we're local to the event and I got an email about it last October. When I was a scout I don't remember doing anything fancy when we went up in level. All we did was buy a new uniform.



Comment #19: Monday, May 01, 2017 at 19:59:06

Stefanie

That's an interesting ceremony. I hope you all had a good time. We tried taking our girls once across but it's so noisy there and those bicyclists act like they own the road when the signs say elsewise.



Comment #20: Monday, May 01, 2017 at 18:41:00

Pussreboots

For this event the bicyclists were kept to the side of the bridge that heads into San Francisco — even those going into Marin. Girl Scouts and any other pedestrians were told to stay on the side that goes to Marin, but we were all headed south into San Francisco. The reason for this was to keep up from needing to cross the freeway when we got to the other side.



Comment #21: Monday, May 01, 2017 at 21:43:56

Ellen Pilch

The ceremony sounds nice, you must be proud of your daughter.



Comment #22: Monday, May 01, 2017 at 20:07:00

Pussreboots

I am.



Comment #23: Monday, May 01, 2017 at 21:45:04

Greg

Ooh slime- sounds fun! And yay for contact lens solution having other uses! And looks like a beautiful day for a bridge walk.

Your Name seems to be getting lots of attention!



Comment #24: Monday, May 01, 2017 at 20:12:00

Pussreboots

You should go see Your Name. I can't say anything more without running the risk of spoiling it.



Comment #25: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 at 06:14:40

Laurie C

A busy week! Sounds like it's probably not that unusual, either! I need to figure out how to fit more reading time in, and I'm an empty-nester! I will see if I can find that anime for the next time the kids are here to watch it with me.



Comment #26: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 at 18:28:00

Pussreboots

There's often something going on. Both children have their extracurricular activities and we do like to do things together as a family on the weekends. But April was unusually busy for all of us.



Comment #27: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 at 13:39:19

Yvonne

Love the pics of the Golden Gate Bridge. Your books look great. Have a great week!



Comment #28: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 at 18:31:00

Pussreboots

Thanks!



Comment #29: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 at 15:24:37

Emma

What a great bridge to walk. Would love to do something like that!



Comment #30: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 at 18:34:00

Pussreboots

If you know any Girl Scouts who will be 5th graders next year and you're a registered volunteer, you can sign up to do it next year. The dates for 2018 will probably be announced in August and the sign up time will be in October. There's a Facebook group if you're interested in learning more.



Comment #31: Wednesday, May 03, 2017 at 13:21:54

Katherine

That sounds like a really neat ceremony. Congrats to your daughter! And happy reading this week!



Comment #32: Wednesday, May 03, 2017 at 18:19:00

Pussreboots

It was neat. I just wish there had been some fog to keep the temperature down.



Comment #33: Thursday, May 04, 2017 at 00:14:18

MarthaE

Looks like you had a great visit! Those are great pictures of the bridge. We've visited Alcatraz a couple of times and always enjoy the Wharf area. My granddaughter has been making slime from recipes off of youtube. I'll have to ask if she uses contact solution. They Came in From the Road, Pierre the Maze Detective and Little Bea all look interesting ... and/or fun. :-) I hope this is a good week for you with Happy Reading!



Comment #34: Sunday, May 07, 2017 at 14:27:00

Pussreboots

My daughter decided to test the three main methods she found on Youtube for slime making. Pierre the Maze Detective might be a good grandmother / granddaughter re-along.



Comment #35: Friday, May 05, 2017 at 13:55:58

Lindsey

I've heard great things about California and Pachinko. I hope you enjoy them both!



Comment #36: Sunday, May 07, 2017 at 14:30:00

Pussreboots

I'm still working my way through California. It's good but I'm not sure where it's going. I just posted my review of Pachinko.