This week, I tried to maintain a list as I went along, so as not to forget anything lovely:
- My new downstairs neighbor changed her summer wreath to a fall wreath on Tuesday, as soon as the weather got colder for a couple of days. It has pumpkins with glitter.
- This six-year-old girl training as a bad-ass boxer with her father was on the news Tuesday and gave me goosebumps! I hope she uses her powers for good.
- I’ve noticed a trend: whenever my husband and I sit down to have a family meeting, the cat joins us. Kitty, why you do?
- My library book club had 11 people show up Monday to the first night of our newest read, Notes from a Young, Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi. One new woman invited her friend who lives in Georgia to join us, and that lady was a hoot.
- A man who came to the library said he just moved to the area and was going to get a library card. I said, “Welcome to the library! It’s the coolest place in town!” I’ve never said anything so dorky at work, but this man seemed to think I was a delight.
- New on Netflix is a reality show called Love on the Spectrum, which I started watching. I cannot stop smiling as I watch these Aussies talk about what love means to them, and my eyes eat up their dating skills. Even their dates that don’t work out are excellent dates. I told my spouse he needs to travel back in time and teach himself dating manners, lol.
- This 35-second video of a young man who strikes out his best friend on the opposing baseball team to win the state championship and what he did next made my whole Thursday.
- I created the August “Beach Reads” display at my library. This morning I found out it was pretty barren, which is a good thing! Then my co-worker admitted they all were eyeballing my weird choices. I know what a beach read is, but I can’t seem to do things “normally.” I added books like Meg: Nightstalkers and Firefighter’s Doorstep Baby. (If you click the links, you’ll notice these are now checked out, lol).
- I video chatted with Hannah @ Books and Bakes on Saturday, and to prepare I went through my “Pandemic Photo Album” on Google Photos to screen share some pics with here. I am so grateful that I started a pandemic photo album. It’s so weird to look back at everything we’ve been through. There a lot of amazing making-it-work photos in there, images you folks sent me when I asked, and memes that captured how we felt at the time.
- I’m reading The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson to the spouse, and so far it’s going well. It’s a bit slower than I remember from when I read it circa 2005, but once Luke enters the picture, things are rather funny and sassy.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Fat Girl Finishing School by Rachel Wiley is not quite as savvy or polished as her later collection, Nothing is Okay, but it’s definitely an excellent addition to my list of poetry books about fat women. Button Poetry press releases smart poems that are accessible to the average person, which is a good thing indeed.
Readers are all over the place about Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, so I tried to write a review that matched my reading experience more than one that directly addresses fiction criteria. For those of you on the fence about reading Mexican Gothic, I hope I’ve give you reason to start and hang in there.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
For me, good science fiction finds a beautiful balance between realistic characters, no matter their physical form, and made-up sciencey stuff in order to say something human. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers certainly delivers.
#ReadingValdemar is all about novels, but this time Oathblood gives Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku and me a different treat: short stories and a novella. Sometimes I feel like I’m repeating myself when I review Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar books, but this time I have some interesting, new things to say. I hope you’ll check it out.
It’s time to meet another writer: Tara Isabel Zambrano is a transplant from India who grew roots in Texas. Her new book is about to launch, so I’m giving her a warm welcome by poking her with thought-provoking questions.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
I fell down a poetry hole after reading Rachel Wiley.