This Week’s Blog Posts:
Hard to put down, No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence, by journalist Rachel Louise Snyder, was informative, timely, and well-researched. It has colored some of my other reading, changing how I think about relationship dynamics in fiction.
Whether it was the voice actor or the translation (or reading No Visible Bruises), Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata absolutely did not click with me. Purportedly satire, I definitely got domestic horror/thriller vibes.
Next Week’s Blog Posts:
On Monday, July 1st, I’ll share all the books I plan to read this month. Are you interesting in reading along with me as I ingest all the first three Vampire Chronicle books by Anne Rice?
After a recommendation from my buddy Chase over on Goodreads, I chose The Snow Queen as the book to fulfill my “book set in space” bingo square. At 536 pages of complicated science fiction universe building, it was hard to get into, but totally worth it. Review coming Tuesday.
Thursday is July 4th, so I created a collage of red, white, and blue book covers to post that day. Mostly older reads I haven’t discussed in a while, I wanted to create a simple, welcoming post on Independence Day in the United States. 🎆🌭🇺🇸🍻🎉
Why do women listen to heavy metal — a white, male-dominated music scene? Why would a black woman listen to it? Canadian writer Laina Dawes explores where black women fit into the metal scene and what resistance they face from both white and black people, largely supporting her arguments with interviews from individuals in lesser-known bands in her book What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal. Review to come Friday.
Slow Books in Progress:
Book by a Male Author: None right now.
Book I’m Reading Aloud to My Spouse: David Copperfield is having a shit go of things. His very young, widowed mother has married a man who moves into their house, brings his bossy sister, and kicks poor Davy out! All after Davy had such a lovely fortnight holiday with his house servant, Peggotty, and her family on the house boat. He’s the most sweet and polite boy, highly educated.
Bookish Conversation & Weekend Adventure:
Thanks to a baby turning one, Jackie made the trek from Wisconsin to lower Michigan with some friends to attend the party. Fortunately, northern Indiana is not far away! I drove the hour to Paw Paw, MI (a small town featured in a graphic novel I read years ago called Little Fish) to snatch Miss Jackie away from her friends, squoosh her in a huge hug, and get coffee.
After catching up on life, we discussed Winds of Fury. We decided that instead of doing our regular conversation post, we would describe our time together talking about the book. For me, what I most noticed was the way Jackie and I are very different readers, which I find fascinating. She focuses on details, so when she said she wanted to know more about a crater with magic items in the castle, I gave her a huge WTF stare. I don’t remember this at all. Since my background is in writing stories and teaching writing, I think more about the small things, such as diction. I could rattle off specific examples of times author Mercedes Lackey used the same word twice in one sentence.
Jackie also ends each book with a large list of questions Lackey did not answer, so she said she hopes the next novels are more revealing. For some reason, unless something logically makes zero sense, I don’t develop questions when I read. I get lost in the feelings I experience while I’m buried in the pages, so I tend to hope following trilogies will recreate deep feelings I had that were powerful and keep characters unique so I can attach my feelings to those people. Winds of Fury was the first book we read that made us feel very differently, and our reviews (hers/mine) show that. What an interesting experience!
We also chose our winner for the January – June giveaway for #ReadingValdemar: Kim @ Travelling in Books! Thanks to everyone who participated. Kim has won $20 to Book Depository. The July – December giveaway will be an omnibus copy of EXILES OF VALDEMAR. Details coming soon.
Two hours sped by and I had to return Jackie in time for the dragon/taco themed birthday party. I gave her a squoosh hug again and headed back to Indiana.
Books Added to the TBR Pile: