This Week’s Blog Posts:
Although I shared three reviews this week, that won’t be the norm. Monday, I posted my review of Owlsight, the sophomore novel in the OWL MAGE trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon. I enjoyed the expansion in what the authors mean by “villain” and the ethical debates characters engage in.
Wednesday I reviewed Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett, and I was surprised to learn that a few of you had this novel on your radars. I give fair warning about what may turn you off, but also why you should keep reading.
Friday brought the poo review — that is, my review of Judith Flanders’s nonfiction book The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens’ London. Everyone focused on the phrase “turd canal,” which doesn’t make me proud, but you definitely got the point I was going for in my efforts to share just how gross the city was before efforts to deal with sewage were made by the government.
Next Week’s Blog Posts:
Continuing with nonfiction, you can catch my review of Prison Baby, a memoir by Deborah Jiang Stein on Tuesday. Raised in a loving Jewish family, mixed-race Deborah at twelve-years-old finds a letter in her mother’s dresser drawer asking a lawyer to keep Deborah’s birth — to a drug addicted mother while incarcerated — a secret.
On Thursday I’m bringing in another writer to share what she wanted to be when she grew up, how that has affected her writing, what kinds of writing she does, and what her latest book is about. Please stop by to welcome Lindsay Lerman to Grab the Lapels.
Books Added to the TBR Pile:
I don’t have the space to fit in a whole ranty post about libraries, like I said I would, but here are the basics: I had this stupid thought that libraries sort of function like warehouses of books. So long as a book is at the library, it will be available to me. What a surprise to no one but me when I learned after trying to find a copy of a book I’d marked on Goodreads as “TBR” and “SJCPL” (my library) on the card catalog, that there is no record of it. Weeded from the collection! In fact, after I returned Prison Baby to the library today I learned it had already been weeded while in my possession. *faints dead*
So, now I’m doing a big push in 2020 to attack my four reading project goals and read everything else from the library, not my personal TBR collection. This also means that I’m buying books at the local Friends of the Library sale if it’s on my “TBR” and “SJCPL” Goodreads shelf. It’s safe at my house, but not safe from those diligent librarians! Plus, 50 cents per used book to help the library is always nice.
Thanks to Cupcakes & Machetes for her recommendation in the comments section of my review of The Victorian City.