Stuff We Like :: 4.29.16

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Happy birthday today to my mom, who always bought me all the books I wanted from the Scholastic order form!

around the web

I have always suspected this: Speed reading is really just a fancy term for skimming

I will always love A Little Princess, but this critique of Sara’s wealth morality is pretty spot-on.

Just for fun: If we wrote about men’s athletic wear the way we write about women’s fashion

Being busy and distracted is actually retro. Like 1700s retro.

The brief, glorious life of Boaty McBoatface


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on the blog: I have been living vicariously through Shelli’s Citizen Science posts, but this one is so easy, I have no excuse not to try it!

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reading list

I’m trying to get back into the routine of doing a new book review for the blog every Saturday—which means I finally got around to reviewing The Goblin’s Puzzle, which we really loved.

On my night table: Inventions of the March Hare, Loquela (so weird and challenging, but I kind of love it)

On my 8th grader’s night table: Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse, thanks to Suzanne’s spring column. (We ordered ours from Abe Books, but it looks like there’s U.S. edition coming our way this fall.)

On my 3rd grader’s night table: A giant collection of Pokemon cards. (But he’s been reading his sister’s old Amanda Pig books when no one is looking. Honestly, I have no idea how to classify his reading level at this point, so I’m just going to eat some chocolate and try not to think about it.)

Next up in our readaloud queue: Holes


at home

watching: Doctor Who, now that it’s finally returned to streaming on Amazon Prime

knitting: Nothing! I can’t decide what to knit next

planning: Our first Homeschool 101 online workshop with the fabulous Suzanne and figuring out how to set up a private chat group for the participants

eating: Every artichoke I can get my greedy little hands on

listening: Prince, Prince Prince