Storytime: Two Boys and a Van

This is the story of when my heart caught up to my intellectual understanding.

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Today I’m going to bring you something a bit different.  I’ve written before about how I came to start my blog and how I’ve gotten educated on various topics.  You can read more of those under the about me tag.

Most of the moments I write about have at least a tangential relationship to books or education, but this one does not.  For that reason I’ve debated sharing this here, but ultimately decided to do so.

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More About Me

Sinead at Huntress of Diverse Books nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award.  I don’t normally do these sorts of things, but decided to give it a try.  We learned a lot about her from her responses, so maybe you will be interested in learning more about me!

To accept this award, I must:

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post or blog.

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Stats: 2017 So Far

Do you guys ever check your blog stats?  I do quite often.

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March 2017 ColorfulBookReviews Statistics

I’m not obsessed with getting new followers (although thank you for following me), but I find the data deeply fascinating.  It’s so cool when I have a view from another country, especially if it’s one I’ve never had before.  Most visitors here come from the United States, but I’ve had people from Malaysia, Japan, India, Uganda, Sri Lanka, France, Indonesia, and more.

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Pre-Ordering Diverse

I think the last time I pre-ordered a book was in my Harry Potter days.  Not that I don’t get excited about books, and wait eagerly for certain new releases.  However, I don’t like to plunk my money down for something that doesn’t exist yet.  It’s the same reason I’ve never invested in a Kickstarter, although there are some I’ve followed closely and bought products from when they were released.

This year I’m going a little wild with book buying, and this week I pre-ordered a book, nope, two books!

The first one you’ve probably heard of because it’s been generating a lot of buzz in the blogosphere: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.  This is an #ownvoice light romantic YA about an arranged marriage.  It’s told with two narrators, which I’m a little leery of, and it’s a YA romance, which is not my favorite genre.  But…  I read the first three chapters and sort of loved it.  And the cover is amazing:

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And as we all know, I’m easily moved by gorgeous covers.  (Remember how I almost bought Everything, Everything even though I knew it was very problematic?)  The henna, the modern clothes with traditional coloring, the title written on a drink cup…  I probably shouldn’t have bought this in hardcover, but I’m a sucker.  Hopefully it lives up to the beginning.

The reason I started pre-ordering is because I was going on a bit of a book-buying spree.  Okay, a somewhat irresponsible one.  As I was browsing around, I stumbled across a book I had to get!  This was perfect because I’d been thinking -here I am blowing my whole book budget on things that I’ll read quickly, review slowly, and then not be able to buy anything for quite a while.

Chasing Space

Enter Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances by Leland Melvin.  I’ve been on quite a space kick lately, although you wouldn’t know it from the blog because other than Hidden Figures and a Mae Jemison book, all of the books have been very white.

Leland Melvin was in the NFL until an injury led him to seek a new career.  He started training for NASA but went deaf during the process.  After he recovered partial hearing, he was allowed to go into space.  The synopsis doesn’t even go into some of his other accomplishments because he’s already in an elite category of one!

This story ticks all the boxes.  STEM PoC role model, check.  Deafness and diversity, check.  Space, check.  Sports (not a box for me but certainly for others), check.  It was a must-buy!  Although I’ll certainly be looking out for instances of audism and looking at how his hearing “loss” and cure are treated, this is definitely the most interesting book release I’ve seen so far this year.

What books have you pre-ordered?  Are there any new releases you’re eagerly anticipating this year?

 

Catching Up

Hello all,

We had a family emergency, so although I had posts written for the last two Fiction Fridays, I didn’t have them set to auto-publish and wasn’t able to do it in the midst of events.

I’m slowly catching up on all manner of things and trying to decide if I will just start fresh this week or try to backdate some of the posts I had planned for the last two weeks.  If I do, I’ll edit this post to link them below.

Thanks for reading!

Edited to Add:

2/10/2017 – A Wizard Alone by Diane Duane.

2/17/2017 – The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

2/24/2017 – Extra Credit by Andrew Clements, illustrated by Mark Elliott.

I decided just to post the Fiction Friday books (since I have a fiction review backlog) and will post the others another time.  The family challenge took another turn so I had to backdate another week.  Hopefully this coming week I’ll be able to post on time, even if I have to schedule it!

Deafness/Hard of Hearing

Deaf vs. deaf (and some signing resources)

I’m about to post my first review about a book dealing with deafness or hard of hearing issues, but there are sure to be many more.  Personally I am not deaf (yet) but several family members have gone through severe hearing loss in middle age, so it’s a possibility I’ve been aware of since I was a child.

As an adult I chose to study American Sign Language for a year and still use it occasionally at one of my jobs.  Through my classes (and briefly wanting to be an interpreter) I learned a lot about Deaf culture and made several Deaf friends.  My signing is still very basic but I try to learn a new sign with every conversation.  Right now I am not really a part of Deaf life in my area – most of my friends are also able to verbalize and lip read some, so we communicate in a mixture of speaking, signing, and text messages when all else fails!

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Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick, learn to fingerspell your name or other words at http://www.scholastic.com/wonderstruck/signs.html

What many people are not aware of: having hearing loss and being Deaf are two different things, similar to how someone can be culturally and ethnically Jewish, but may or may not practice Judaism (the religion).  Being Deaf is not about loss but rather about embracing a rich and unique culture.  There are different levels of deafness and different amounts and sounds that each deaf person can hear.  There are different techniques for managing in the hearing world including hearing aids, cochlear implants, lipreading, and written communication.  And there is a different culture in the Deaf world.

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