This Week’s Blog Posts:
The year ended with the last post for #ReadingValdemar 2019. I was wondering what Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku and I could possibly discuss so late in the year, when we decided it was best to answer questions about the entire reading experience: our favorite human and non-human characters, favorite book, least favorite book, and if we thought about quitting at any point. Click the link to read our answers.
The year started with something sexy, something from my quest to read books about fat women in which they are treated with dignity. Misadventures of a Curvy Girl by Sierra Simone isn’t titled quite right, but the series (by multiple authors) is always Misadventures of [insert noun]. Main character Ireland wasn’t having misadventures, but starting a new relationship. I read a respectful portrayal of fat women, polyamory, and consent, yet the plot was basic. To be fair, I’m still thinking about Simone’s novel.
I didn’t start 2020 with a post of bookish goals like I usually do, because one of my blogging goals is to share no more than two posts + the Sunday Lowdown each week. Any extra information I have to share, I’ll do so here!
My second goal is read from my backlog of TBR books at the library. In past years, I focused on books I own. Not in 2020. My library weeds aggressively. In fact, I bought Misadventures of a Curvy Girl at the book sale to discover it was added to the library system in March 2019 and weeded in August 2019.
Next Week’s Blog Posts:
Last year, when I was posting audiobook reviews on Fridays, they weren’t really getting love, so I’m re-sharing a couple of them over the first months of 2020. On Tuesday, check out my mini-reviews of Shirley Jackson’s memoirs, Life Among the Savages and Raising Demons. This is a great time to reintroduce Jackson’s memoirs because I’m reading a biography of the author in January.
You didn’t think #ReadingValdemar was over, did you? On Thursday, Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku and I will introduce our 2020 reading plans for this fantasy world, including a schedule so you can read along, and share the stats on our 2019 adventure. I was surprised, and you may be, too!
Book I’m Reading Aloud to My Spouse:
It’s a quick turn-around time from when I originally read Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, but that’s what I’m reading to the spouse. So far, everything is very dark and serious. Uncle Joss is, like, seven feet tall and tests to see if you bite by sticking his finger on your mouth.
Books Added to the TBR Pile:
I’ve just added one after Bill @ Australian Legend recommended author Claire Coleman to me. Although the book has zero reviews on Goodreads, it sounds like a hoot. I can’t find it anywhere except Google Books, and it’s only $3.99.
“What are you?”
“Where are you from?”
—“New Zealand, but we live in Australia.”
“What are you doing here?”
—“We want to see every State, learn all the history, and experience what it is like to live as an American.”
—“Because America gets such a bad rap around the world, we want to find out for ourselves if it is justified . . . and if you really are as good as you think you are . . .”