I have felt low-key crotchety all week, so my gratitude isn’t on the surface. I’ve texted people and they didn’t text back. I’m worried about Bill @ Australian Legend being COVID tested so many times he forgets how to do math. Kitty bit me several times this week. A co-worker brought in some gourmet cookies from a local bakery, and they are amazing, but then I realized I’ve never shared a snack at work because I hate the idea of everyone eating from a shared food pile (I’m a germaphobe and when I do grab a snack someone brought in, which isn’t often, I make sure to get there first). I’m grateful that I saw a fantastic horror movie called Ready or Not on Friday for the all-by-myself movie date, but I had to watch it right after dinner because I had to go to bed early to work on Saturday. Does anyone else feel like the world is full of metaphorical “ugh mosquitoes,” just little things constantly biting you, they’re no big deal, and then you realize you’re covered in itchy bumps and kind of sad? I’m grateful I have a job where I can help people. I finished reading East Pittsburgh Downlow by Dave Newman and was delighted through and through — I plan to order the author some local specialty walnut coffee as a thanks for mailing me the book for free just because.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Rather than sharing a regular review of Dangerous Curves Ahead by Sugar Jamison on Tuesday, I realized it would be better to share the inner workings of my brain and how I got to my negative opinion. Thus, you ended up with another Time to Ponder Books post.
Do you like thrillers? Maybe true crime? Do you never read nonfiction and wish you read more but don’t find it entertaining? Janice Erlbaum’s memoir Have You Found Her reads like a thriller novel and will have you wringing your hands as she first breaks the rules at the homeless girls’ shelter where she volunteers and then gets deeply entangled with one of the residents.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Poetry is happening at Grab the Lapels in 2020, and on Tuesday you’ll get my review of Rachel Wiley’s recently re-released collection Fat Girl Finishing School. Doesn’t that cake cover make you want to head for a bakery? Or maybe watch the new season of Sugar Rush on Netflix?
On Thursday I’m sharing my review of the new Silvia Moreno-Garcia novel Mexican Gothic. Emily and I will video chat (!!!) about this Sunday afternoon, and I’m positive I can say in advance that she is a lovely peach and totally stellar. And Mexican Gothic? Hoo- boy! Maybe boy-howdy? Both work where I come from.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE