Writing about my mothering experience as a foreigner raising bilingual and bicultural children, dealing with the system on behalf of my special needs son and navigating Chicago and the world with my kids.
In my previous life, the one before I had kids, I was a voracious reader. Since an early age, when I was growing up in a village with barely any other kids, and where my shiny Game Boy was the most exciting technological advance we had ever seen, books were my best friends. Eventually I would become a “professional” reader, as I was pursuing a PhD in Literature (spoiler: I never finished it). At that time I would read five books a week, and then some articles.
Fast forward a few years and a baby, and I was barely reading anything.
Last year GoodReads happily informed that I had read all of 21 books. In a year. That makes less than two books a month.
This year I decided to make reading more a priority. I have set a goal of 40 books for my Reading Challenge, to keep myself accountable. And to help with my accountability, I am going to share what I have read at the end of each month. I am omnivorous, and I read in English and in Spanish. I favor fiction and poetry, but I will read even the instruction manuals of toys. My books posts will be bilingual too, I will post in both my In English and my En español sections.
Although one of my dream jobs would be to be a book critic (or restaurant critic, movie critic, travel writer… like pretty much everyone else out there, right?), I won’t pretend that I am one. I will just share what I like about each book, my impressions. I will share the info of the books, in case you are interested. I am only going to ask you a favor: if you decide to buy one of them, consider buying it from an independent bookstore. They are pretty magical places, and they are an endangered species. In Chicago, a few I recommend are Sandmeyer’s Bookstore, Unabridged Bookstore, City Lit, Women and Children First or The Book Cellar. As with books, I will happily take bookstore recommendations.
And without more delay, here are my February books.