This Week’s Blog Posts:
This week was all about fantasy! I shared two young adult novels by Betsy Cornwell, both of which focused on Nicolette, a teen inventor who works with steel, glass, coal, and gears. The first book is a Cinderella retelling while the second novel invites conversations about war, colonialism, and different types of love.
I also shared my end-of-the-month conversation with Jackie @ Death By Tsundoku in a post on Friday. We’re almost half-way through #ReadingValdemar, so that means our giveaway is coming up. Have you shared your posts on the Linky to enter? Posts can be any format, new or old. The prize is open to all bloggers regardless of location.
Lastly, I shared my reading list for June. You can see I’ve got a short story collection, two memoirs, one book of investigative journalism, a horror novel, a fantasy novel, and a drug/pornography novel (is that a genre??).
This Week in Reading: Finished Books
This week I finished three plays — and that’s it! 😮 I was hired to read all fifteen plays that the local civic theatre will produce in 2020 with the goal that I write for each show a hook, a brief synopsis, then a longer summary of the plot. My work will go in all promotional media starting summer 2019 and be used all through 2020, so go me!
In all fairness, I started a new job at a library. I work in the computer lab, solving tech problems but also looking up books, showing people how to find things in non-fiction, and updating book lists. I really like it and feel like I’ve found my #wolfpack.
Oh, and I hardcore DNF’d Shamp of the City-solo by Jaimy Gordon on page two. It was her first novel, the writing is incomprehensible, and if you hated Bogeywoman (I loved it), you’ll never survive Shamp.
This Week in Reading: Books in Progress
I’m almost done with Wilderness Tips by Margaret Atwood, having started it earlier than I expected (it’s a June book), and am flying through the pages. Each story is a spinning saw blade of womanhood and totally up my alley. I’ve one more story to read.
Porno by Irvine Welsh was put on hold as I finished my work reading the plays and keeping up on Atwood, so I’ll have to get back to it this week. It’s so gritty, and by gritty I mean Sick Boy is a garbage human and Nikki definitely dunked her tampon in a patron’s soup because he was rude. While I was reading the previous book, Trainspotting, I kept wishing there was a more female presence. I got Nikki. I shall wish more specifically in the future!
The husband book: every night I read one chapter of a novel to my husband, and right now we’re on The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton. As I’ve said in previous Sunday Lowdown posts, he was hating it. Then it was “okay.” Now, he’s on “starting to like it.” Hooray! I read Hamilton’s novel with a book club and then taught it at an all-women’s college, so you can guess my feelings. Ruth has turned a corner: she’s married but miserable living with her mother and husband, and something has to happen. I mean, I know what happens, but the spouse doesn’t!