- An article in my news feed called “Why the trope of the fat, unlikeable character in books needs to end” popped up, and I’m grateful that this topic is getting more attention.
- While doing a search for a book at work, the band Screamin’ Miss Jackson and the Slap Ya Mama Big Band came back in the search results, and I’m just glad such a band name exists.
- I eat wheat thins during my break at work now because no one can see the crackers stuck in my teeth. Grateful for masks!
- Hannah @ Books and Bakes did another video chat with me on Saturday, and I’m grateful for this new friend. She schooled me on bioinformatics and how to make strawberry cupcakes without the batter getting soggy in the oven!
- I learned about Nandi Bushell on the news and now am caught up in her drum battle with Dave Grohl — and I think she’s going to checkmate him again.
- Last weekend we had a video birthday party with my family in Michigan for my three-year-old nephew. I’m on . . . ohhhhh, digital birthday party #7 or so, but this one finally felt like we were really there. My mom’s birthday is tomorrow, so we’re doing another one!
- I’m super grateful to everyone who’s picking up our no-more-horrifying-realistic-novels buddy read Paradise Cove by Jenny Holiday. If you can’t get this novel, try the first book from the same town, called Mermaid Inn. Next weekend I’ll share all the fun I had reading Holiday’s newest novel!
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Two very different books landed at Grab the Lapels. #VERYFAT #VERYBRAVE by Nicole Byer reflects the comedian’s personality and is loaded with great photos of a fat woman in a bikini enjoying herself. I would definitely recommend checking it out. If you’re on Twitter, you can see Byer occasionally post gifs of her accidentally flipping over on a giant flamingo inflatable and laughing hysterically.
Then, I share the first review of the Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arder, The Bear and The Nightingale. Many of you noted you are either interested in this novel or read it and wondered if you should continue the series. In case you missed it, Arden’s ability to mix so many genres is her coolest strength.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
If you were someone wondering about the rest of Katherine Arden’s series, look no further. On Tuesday I’ll share my review of The Girl in the Tower, which takes our protagonist to Moscow where her brother and sister live. Then, on Thursday I’ll finish off the series with a review of The Winter of the Witch, covering the protagonist’s time in a beautiful, confusing realm just outside of reality.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Thanks to Karissa for her recommendation! Many of these are audiobooks I found on the library catalog.