- This week, a large storm that swept from Iowa to Indiana, traveling 70 mph, was expected to knock over healthy trees and cut power for several days. When the power stayed on (after blinking out several times), I was grateful for both the internet and the air conditioning. It made me think of people in the pandemic who have neither.
- My library had a staff summer reading contest, and I won $25 to Amazon!
- I’ve honestly watched this 15-second video (turn on volume) about 20 times this week and laughed.
- I’m keeping an eye out for sweetness in this world, to remind me that kindness is contagious, so I’m sharing this grandmother’s reaction (turn on volume) to getting a cat for Christmas.
- Sometimes I’m thankful for things that help us express our anger, and I’m thinking this short clip (turn on volume) maybe changed my mom’s whole weekend.
- I’m grateful for the picnic the spouse and I enjoyed Saturday, at which I had empanadas, carrot cake, and Xanax.
- More thankfulness for the internet: Gil @ Gil Reads Books and I met on Saturday (morning for me, night for her) to talk pandemic, politics, school, and Octavia Butler’s Earthseed duology. She’s a delight and a wonderful friend.
- Both of my book clubs this week made me happy, including the elderly lady who railed against Hello Fresh while we discussed Notes From a Young, Black Chef. Some of you have asked where I review books written by men. You can friend me on Goodreads to see my thoughts there!
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
On Tuesday things got spacey when I shared my thoughts on The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. Many of you have read and loved Chambers’s first novel and convinced me to check out the three following books in the series, which are related but not one big plot arc, which is nice!
Thursday I reviewed the last book in the Vows & Honors trilogy from Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar universe. Entitled Oathblood, it was the first short story collection by the author that I read, and the more I think about it, the more convinced I am that she excels in the short form, and that perhaps many of her novels were short stories she wove together.
It’s always nice to meet new writers, so I had Tara Isabel Zambrano over to visit on Thursday. She talked about STEM ambitions and her new book, which has a gorgeous cover I included in a large size after her interview so you can see the details.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Since Gil and I read and discussed the Earthseed duology, this week I’m sharing both reviews. On Tuesday you’ll get my thoughts on the first book, Parable of the Sower. A futuristic look at an America that’s doing poorly as a result of corruption and the dismantlement of public education. On Thursday I’ll share reactions to the second book, Parable of the Talents. Can America get more corrupt, even in an already draconian future? Yes, yes it can. But there’s a modicum of hope: the parable of the talents, a Biblical passage about a servant who horded the money his master gave him to invest, suggests it’s up to us to share what we possess that can save others.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Thanks to Sarah @ Hamlets & Hyperspace for her recommendation! All four of these authors are ones I’ve read and loved before.