- Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell -- fascinating studies debunking the idea of inborn genius, showing that success is largely a result of hard work and being at the right place at the right time. Some blind spots too, but very engaging reading.
- Summerland by George Ryga -- apparently Ryga was one of Canada's best-known playwrights in the '60s and '70s when he wrote The Ecstasy of Rita Joe. He moved his family to Summerland because it was cheap to live here back then! I need to read more of his history and writings.
- Living with Intensity: understanding the sensitivity, excitability, and emotional development of gifted children, adolescents, and adults -- a collection of essays that were an real eye-opener for me.
- The Everything Music Theory Book -- I'm not starting from scratch with music theory, but the basic bits I learned as a kid are not serving me very well.
- Lord of the Rings -- I've been reading this to the girls at bedtime each night, and we're maybe a third of the way into Two Towers now. So fun to hear them absorbing it and begging for more.
- The Hundred Dresses -- wonderful short chapter book that Ella and I enjoyed together.
- Piles of picture books -- we're back in the stage of cycling through 15-20 picture books from the library every week in addition to our own collection. Ezra has a pretty good attention span for reading so far.
- Camino by Oliver Schroer -- this guy doesn't just tug my heartstrings; he bows them into life.
- Vivaldi -- as much as I can get my hands on...amazing stuff.
- Pantha Du Prince -- this was a recommendation from Andrew, and I've been really into it...moody electronic instrumental music, smart and powerful.
- Scratch My Back by Peter Gabriel -- I've always had a soft spot for PG, and when I heard a couple of the songs off this album of covers I thought I'd love it, but it's weak...ponderous and dull, even. However, three or four of the songs seem to have stayed with me, so it's still in rotation.
- New preview songs from Tokyo Police Club and The National, both from upcoming new albums that I'm anticipating with some excitement.
- NHL Playoffs -- no further comment.
- The Incredibles -- After seeing this one a few times, we finally bought a copy for $10 and watched it again last week. Not sure why I like it so much.
- Howl's Moving Castle -- not my favourite Miyazaki film, but it's the only one our library has, so we've got it a couple of times. Wonderful art, clunky storyline.
- The Man Who Planted Trees -- the DVD finally came from the library, and it was gorgeous on a bigger screen. The kids weren't enthralled, unfortunately.