Happy first full week of summer! I took a proper stay-cation last week, enjoying the sunshine in Washington, DC and catching up on some much needed quality time with my bookshelves.
I finished Rubyfruit Jungle, which made me absurdly happy. I’m not sure what it is about this book. It’s a pretty universal coming of age story, but there are elements that feel so new and original despite the fact that it was written in the 1970s. I’d say that it should be on high school reading lists, but I never know how far to go when there are language and mature themes in books. Obviously we have no problem with teaching mature themes when their in Steinbeck, but I waffle on that considerably.
I’d definitely love to hear your opinions in the comments!
Links We Love
- Catching up with y’all in our Facebook group has become the best part of my day.
- Book Riot put together a list of summer reading lists, which means you have no excuse for not picking up a good book this summer.
- Friend of IBC Yi Shun Lai was nominated for the Thurber Prize for American Humor – alongside Trevor Noah! Impressive girl!
- The NY Times put together a whole collection of recommendations on how to raise a reader.
- Need a breather? Top 10 Cats in Literature. You’re welcome.