I took the kids on a trip this week to San Francisco to visit the Exploratorium at its new location on Pier 15, and I tell you what, it is fantastic. We had a great time, and I was happy because we could take the BART train into the city and walk to the museum; the old location was a pain to get to and you had to drive, and I really hate driving in San Francisco. I like to take BART and the kids think it's part of the adventure, so we all won there.
|At Pier 15, with the Bay Bridge.|
All the traveling made it impossible to read any of the giant books I have going on, though. When I go on a trip, I always have to take a minimum of 3 paper books and a tablet stuffed with ebooks, even if it's just overnight, but the books invariably stay nearly untouched while I snaffle books from whoever I'm staying with. My brain pretty much shut down this time and hasn't quite switched back on yet, with the result that I have read nothing but cozy British mysteries for nearly a week.
I'll jump back into serious reading this weekend, though, as we start a bunch of June events. I have already started reading Pamela for o's 18th Century English Literature Event, and so far I'm into it. Pamela, in it's florid 18th century way, is addressing a real and serious social problem, and though I'm pretty sure I'm going to hate Richardson's fairy-tale solution, I'm interested to see what happens.
I've checked two Beat-esque books out of the library for Adam's Beats of Summer event, I have Streetcar Named Desire for the Spin, and even one or two books that I just feel like reading. I've been reading In the First Circle--slowly--for a little while now; I guess I'm about a third of the way through.
And I even have a book or two for the Summer Language Freak Challenge, but I'm completely intimidated by them. For Russian, I can choose between an e-book version of an Alisa story, or a picture book about a crocodile. Both are about the same level and meant for 6-year-olds, but very scary for me! And I found a board book of Struwwelpeter in German, which is also too hard, but I might give it a try. (Hey, does it count as a Narrative Poem?? Ooh, double challenge points!)