Thanks to Kim @ Travelling in Books, I’ve been inspired to write my own “Sunday Sum-Up” of sorts. Most Sunday posts I read are a rehash of what bloggers blogged about that week — and I’ve already read their blog posts, so why read the Cliff’s Notes version? Kim describes what she’s been doing, watching on Netflix, how Star Trek is going, what she read, is reading, and will read. I’m going to do something similar!
This Week at the Theatre Job:
Aaron Sorkin’s famous play A Few Good Men hit the stage last weekend and continued this Wednesday through today. On Wednesday we did our first ever free childcare with purchase of tickets event. Something like eight kids played with musical instruments, colored, and played while their parent(s) watched Col. Jessup yell, “YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!” This was a stage debut for many of the actors, and they pulled it off with respect and the appropriate level of seriousness.
This Week in TV & Film:
I get out of work at the theatre at 7:00PM and race home for dinner and Jeopardy! at 7:30. This week some guy named Bif kept winning and will be back on Monday. When you get someone on a roll, you hope for the next Austin Rogers, though no one is as eccentric.
I finally convinced my husband to watch Beasts of No Nation, a film from 2015 about a child soldier taken into a resistance group led by Idris Elba in some unnamed African country. While I explained what was happening based on all the nonfiction about African and Asian dictators that I’ve been reading, my husband was simply more and more traumatized and needed to bleach his brain by watching someone else play a video game on YouTube.
To be fair, he tried to make me watch Swiss Army Man earlier this week. I can sum up my feelings easily:
This Week in Reading: Finished Books
I was juggling several books thanks to a new system of reading I’ve got myself on. The explanation is a different blog post, but I was reading 7 books at the same time for different reasons. Here’s what I finished:
- Sourdough by Robin Sloan, narrated by Thérèse Plummer. A young woman heads to Silicon Valley to work as an engineer, but when she realizes her favorite underground take-out restaurant is closing, she’s surprised by their parting gift of a weird bread starter that changes her life and sends her into the crossfire between science and food.
- You Have the Right to Remain Fat by Virgie Tovar. In her first-ever solo book (she’s edited anthologies), Tovar scratches the surface of how dieting ties to patriarchy, racism, and fatphobia. Not many people read my review, making me think the title is too bold, or the subject matter not of interest.
- Arrow’s Fall by Mercedes Lackey. The last book in the Heralds of Valdemar trilogy. I’ll post a review tomorrow. Things get more desperate and action packed, but the ending felt a bit gooey compared to what Lackey published later. This book is part of the #ReadingValdemar read along I’m co-hosting with Jackie @ Death By Tsundoku.
This Week in Reading: Books In Progress
- Roots by Alex Haley. The story of Kunta Kinte, raised in The Gambia and learning how to be a responsible man in his tribe. I’m reading along with Shell @ Books by the Cup for Black History Month. I comment on her discussion posts, scheduled every 20 chapters. We just completed week one yesterday.
- Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick. A journalist reports back after speaking to North Korean defectors in South Korea. Currently, all the people she’s interviewed are at the part in their stories where they’ve decided it’s time to leave North Korea, but I have no idea how they will do it.
- The Liar by David Ives, a play based on the novel by Pierre Corneille. This play will go on stage at my theatre in September, but I have to start the production process in March. It’s a simple twisty love plot the likes of which Shakespeare would write, but the whole thing is rhyming and modern. So far, two scenes in, it’s hilarious and I cannot wait to see it on stage.
- The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar. I’ve been chipping away at this tome since April 26, 2015. I think I need to go faster, but it’s so easy to take a morsel of my favorite poet and chew it for ages.
- Night of the Living Trekkies by Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall. I’m reading this aloud to my husband. When creatures escape from a military base near the site of a Trekkie convention at a hotel, things get bitey and everyone’s carrying a piece. . .okay, a phaser. So far we’ve met the main character, who’s realized his co-worker was bitten by a mime staying in their hotel.
Next Week in Reading:
I plan to finish Nothing to Envy and write a review. I’ll pick away at the Paul Laurence Dunbar and Night of the Living Trekkies (both will take weeks to finish). I’ll get through 20 more chapters of Roots and chat with Shell. Lastly, I’ll start Magic’s Promise, the first book in Mercedes Lackey’s The Last Herald Mage trilogy for #ReadingValdemar.