This Week’s Blog Posts:
Monday was a big day: the last review of #ReadingValdemar 2019 was published. Thanks for all of your congrats and warm wishes. If you missed it, check out my review of Owlknight by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon.
Wednesday was another conclusion: I reviewed the last novel in The Snow Queen Cycle by Joan D. Vinge, entitled Tangled Up in Blue. Kudos to Bill @ The Australian Legend for picking up a copy of the first book in the series!
Friday I shared a polarizing book, as the author presents various faces to the public. Comedian, actor, and writer Ali Wong just published her memoir, Dear Girls, and it definitely won’t be for everyone.
Next Week’s Blog Posts:
Trying to get ahead of the curve a bit as holidays creep upon us, Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku and I are sharing our conversation post about Owlknight by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon on Monday. We’ll have a big wrap-up conversation before the end of the year.
If you’ve reviewed Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert, then I haven’t read your review yet. My thoughts on this smutty rom-com are tangled, so I didn’t want to be swayed before I got my own thoughts organized. Catch my review on Wednesday.
Lastly, check out my review of the graphic memoir Kid Gloves by Lucy Knisley, who recounts her journey from trying not to get pregnant, through two miscarriages, and a traumatic birth, on Friday.
Book I’m Reading Aloud to My Spouse:
We finished Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, and I was delighted by it. The Disney film version starring Jim Carrey is my favorite film rendition, and parts that I thought were surely Carrey’s humor (he occasionally improvises) were all Dickens’s clever humor.
To really kick this Christmas Carol horse to death, I read A Christmas Ghost while I was sick on Thursday. It’s a Sweet Valley Twins and Friends SUPER CHILLER edition. I loved the story when I was in elementary school and found it delightful as an adult (although we all know Jessica does not maintain the Christmas spirit like Scrooge does).
Our next book? I’m thinking we need Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days by Jeanette Winterson.
On Having a Cold:
I tried reading I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, but couldn’t get into it. When the family first sees the castle, there are so many pages of description, and yet I couldn’t picture any of it. A castle? With a house attached? And a moat? I’m not sure. I was also terribly unsettled by this family with zero money dollars, and not one person is capable of any kind of work — but totally happy to let the boy working for free for them already go make money elsewhere and give it to them to earn his keep. I sort of hated them immediately. Sorry friends who loved the book!
This is when I got a cold (perhaps punishment for DNFing Smith’s beloved classic?). All the days I had set aside to read I Capture the Castle were now open, so I began reading comic books and graphic works. Many were disappointing (why?!). I’ll be reviewing Lucy Knisley’s graphic memoir, as it really affected me, but the rest have a comment or two and a star rating on Goodreads.
Books Added to the TBR Pile:
Thanks to watching Good Burger (AGAIN) on Netflix, I remembered to add George Clinton’s memoir to Goodreads, though I’ve wanted to read it for years. Please tell me you’ve seen and adore Good Burger.