This Week’s Blog Posts:
This week brought two very different posts. My review of the audio book version of Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman brought lots of thoughts from readers about representations of prisons in the media. Things pivoted when I posted my review of Nothing Is Okay by Rachel Wiley. This collection of humorous and cutting poems focus on the writer’s identity: fat, biracial, queer, female, single.
Next Week’s Blog Posts:
I got ahead of myself and proclaimed the next #ReadingValdemar post would already be here! Have no fear: my review of Storm Warning will be shared on Monday. Wednesday will bring you Man-eaters, a feminist comic book about a company medicating public drinking water to prevent women and girls from getting their periods — which in this world turns them into savage large cats! You want something scarier? Check out my review of Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier on Friday, and I’ll convince you why it’s the most terrifying book I’ve ever read.
Slow Books in Progress:
Book by a Male Author: None, currently
Book I’m Reading Aloud to My Spouse:
Poor Davy Copperfield! STILL! The wee lad, losing everything, is sent to work to earn his living. But when things just get too dang low, he thinks about his mother’s sister, a woman he’s never met because she was so disappointed to learn the night he was born that he was a boy instead of a girl. Could she see it in her heart to take him in? After walking all those miles to arrive on her doorstep, his shoes are described as being so poorly that they aren’t even shoe shape anymore. I didn’t know they had Crocs back then. . .
One night this week I kept finding places to pause while reading to my husband only for him to proclaim it was his favorite part. On I read. And tried to stop. “No, it’s my favorite part!” And on. And on. Next thing I knew, I was rasping out the words when I realized it had been 90 minutes of me reading aloud Charles Dickens. As “punishment,” I talked the spouse into seeing Crawl with me.
Books Added to the TBR Pile: