Sunday Lowdown #44

This Week’s Blog Posts:

Thanks to everyone who came over to share their experiences with ’80s and ’90s teen fiction after reading my review of Paperback Crush by Gabrielle Moss. It was fun to read what your favorite books and series were, and what you did read if you missed the craze altogether!

We’re almost done with #ReadingValdemar in 2019, and Jackie and I discussed Owlsight by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon on Wednesday.

Lastly, a new month is definitely here! On Friday I put up my TBR for December. Thanks to Anne @ I’ve Read This and her review of White Elephant, this new novel on my list is getting some holiday attention.

Next Week’s Blog Posts:

Next week, I’ll post the last reviews of not one, but two series. On Monday, check out my review of Owlknight by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon, which is the last book of #ReadingValdemar in 2019.

On Wednesday, I’ll post a review of Tangled Up in Blue, the last book in Joan D. Vinge’s award-winning The Snow Queen Cycle.

Then, a big pivot on Friday, when you can read my review of the newly-published memoir Dear Girls by comedian Ali Wong.

Book I’m Reading Aloud to My Spouse:

We finished French Exit by Patrick DeWitt, and while we both loved the book overall, we were disappointed in the ending. If you’re interested, I shared my thoughts here.

We’ve also let the story A Christmas Carol take over our lives this past week. We saw a play of this story, but it’s a play within a play. The script is about a radio station putting on a radio play, and it’s a play you really watch. To get even more Inception on you, our local NPR radio station recorded the radio-play play to play on the radio on Christmas eve. Then, the spouse and I watched the excellently Disney version starring the voice Jim Carrey — by far my favorite film of Dickens’s story. We’re also reading A Christmas Carol before bed. We just paused with the Cratchit family eating their goose.

Books Added to the TBR Pile:

Thanks to Anne and Karen for their recommendations!


  1. Thanks for the shout-out girl! I haven’t seen the version of The Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey. It seems like an odd combination to be honest, but I love his work so I think I’d enjoy it.


    • It’s REALLY good. He voices Scrooge and the three Christmas ghosts. It’s kind of dark, to be honest. Almost feels like it was made for grown-ups, and the animation style is breathtaking.

      Thank you for recommending a holiday read that has me pumped! One year I randomly chose a Christmas novella for my book club called Christmas Jars, and boy howdy was it awful. Come December, that post starts getting attention on Goodreads again, lol.

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    • I actually went to a talk and saw Shange. The local civic theatre was hosting her and then putting on her show, For Colored Girls. It was a wonderful show, and her talk was interesting. She had a nursemaid who sat with her, and as she talked, it was like her feet wanted to dance away! I talked to the head of the civic theatre, who said every single photo they got of Shange revealed her underpants. Woops! That’s okay — this was just a few weeks before she passed away, and it was clear her health wasn’t great, but she was very spirited. I actually stood right by her while she smoked, so I feel second-hand amazing.

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  2. I haven’t seen the Jim Carrey version of A Christmas Carol! Glad to hear that it’s a good one 🙂 My favorite version is actually The Muppet’s Christmas Carol. I’ve seen it so many times, it’s such fun and Michael Caine is a great Scrooge. Such a timeless tale!


    • I started reading the Jeanette Winterson book, and in the into she describes the effect A Christmas Carol had on the way people celebrated and perceived Christmas. She ends with a funny/snarky aside about how it must truly be a great story because it survived the Muppets, lol.


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