Last week I finished Lighting Their Fires: How Parents and Teachers can Raise Extraordinary Kids in a Mixed-Up, Muddled-Up, Shook-Up World—a quick, entertaining and thought-provoking series of anecdotes from seasoned elementary educator Rafe Esquith on the important lessons we must teach children beyond 1+1=2 or the state capitals (i.e., time-management, focus, smart decision-making). Upon closing the book, a quick survey of my bookshelf made it plain and clear that it was time to hit up Kinokuniya for another stack of books to occupy the table space next to my ritual morning bowl of oatmeal. So, off I went…
For those of you that have not been to Dubai (or Japan), Kinokuniya is God’s gift to the bookstore. Imagine miles and miles of texts in all languages from all parts of the globe—a selection that puts Borders, Barnes & Noble and the Strand in categories lower than amateur. A brilliant experience, the only tricky part is figuring out where to begin. As I sifted through the new arrivals, bestsellers, books about the region, award winning books and fiction, I judged covers, read book jackets, tried first chapters… Two hours later (nearly midnight) I had yet to find “the perfect fit” and a quick look at my husband’s eyes made it clear he was beyond ready to go. Without further ado, I admitted temporary defeat and went home vowing to come back over the weekend.
What can I say? For a gal that enjoys reading everything from business textbooks, to curricula-writing guides, to chick lit, to Sartre, I have a wide appetite for genres. Yet, when it comes to how words are presented and sentences constructed, I have definitive (and picky!) tastes. So, needless to say, selecting books has traditionally been tough… until Hunch.com entered the scene!