This week has been full of struggles. Mainly, it’s the struggles of people I care for — coworkers, my family, my community. I’m starting to feel very side-eye Chloe at this weekend:
So, I’m kinda digging here to feel grateful. A dude almost crashed into me on Thursday, but at the next red light stopped right next to me so he could do an apology wave. I’ve received both an air hug and air high-five from patrons at work this week. Because I’m kinda miserable, not fully miserable, you know, more like 2% cheese miserable, this four-pane comic made me laugh.
Friday night, though, was the feather in the cap: I video chatted with Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku and got to see her baby belly, talk about Mercedes Lackey books, learn about Jewish holidays, and give her the lowdown on the University of Notre Dame situation here. After that, I made popcorn and Kitty and I watched The Exorcist, which, wow, is still one of the most horrifying movies I’ve ever seen, and it’s 1973 special effects really hold up!
So . . .
. . . because I didn’t feel a ton of gratitude this week, I decided to create my own happiness after teasing Bill @ The Australian Legend about forcing everyone to do a painfully joyful read along. I claimed all of my book blog friends are reading seriously gloomy books right now, me included, and we need to do something lighter.
Recently, Gil @ Gill Reads Books shared her TBR, which included, Paradise Cove by Jenny Holiday. A doctor heads to a small town and runs into the local hermit, who apparently is described as a “beefy sea god.” The doctor sounds like a do-gooder, wearing sensible shoes and giving vaccines. But the clash is sure to be fun.
So, I’m asking you to join me in a read along of Paradise Cove. We’re going to be silly. We’re going to roll our eyes. We’re going to smile. Anyone can join in, blog or no blog. On September 6th, my entire “Pandemic Gratitude” section of my Sunday Lowdown will be dedicated to Paradise Cove and my reactions (not a review), and I’ll hope you’ll leave your reactions in the comments. WE ARE DOING THIS, PEOPLE. WE ARE GOING TO FIGHT THE PANDEMIC WITH A BEEFY SEA GOD.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Both books were dark, depressing, and pretty much “everyone’s gonna die” in theme (see — happy read along required). In Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler we learn that she envisioned the future as a place with no public schools, mega corrupt police whom you have to pay, thieves, murderers, rapists, arsonists high on drugs, poverty, dead bodies in the streets getting eaten by feral dogs.
The follow-up novel, Parable of the Talents, gets even darker when a Christian fanatic becomes president of the United States and separates children from non-Christian parents, which I didn’t connect with the separation of Native parents from their children (thanks to Karissa for reminding me!). Slavery, sexual assault, hypocrisy, poverty, arson, murder. Happy read along = necessary. I’m also starting to feel like I need Hannah @ Books & Bakes to chef up some comfort desserts.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
A silly photo shoot with comedian Nicole Byer, of Netflix’s Nailed It! fame, takes on fatphobia in her new book, VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE: The Fat Girl’s Guide to Being #Brave and Not a Dejected, Melancholy, Down-in-the-Dumps Weeping Fat Girl in a Bikini. Yes, there are some essays in there that sound so Byer, and I’m happy to review her writing and the photo collection. Coming Tuesday!
And then I kick off my reviews of the Winternight trilogy by Katherine Arden. On Thursday I’ll share my thoughts on her first book, The Bear and The Nightingale, which I know many bloggers read when it first came out. I’ll continue through all three books, but just one at a time so my review doesn’t become homework-length.