- There’s a large, ongoing road construction project near my house, and the new road redesign is less than safe. I’ve been feeling terrified as I almost crash my car once per week. I feel so helpless and angry. I once read that anger is an opportunity to make change, so for the first time I called the city of South Bend and was given the direct cell number to the bridge engineer. I talked to that guy about how dangerous his project is. While I didn’t get anything solved (he’s the head of the project but didn’t design the bridge), I did feel better that I did something.
- I’ve been adding so many new books lately, especially thanks to buddy reads, that I looked at my Goodreads TBR and thought, “ugh.” So, I went through and deleted any book I added to the list before 2017, unless I own it, no wavering. I dropped about 100 books.
- I’ve been scouring the web for recipes and cooking more and more new dishes. While I’m cooking, I listen to Parliament’s 1976 album The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein. Nick says he likes coming home to a funky kitchen.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
An experimental memoir about a life of poverty and exploration on a farm in Missouri made for a challenging, but wonderful read. Check out my review of Debra Di Blasi’s new book, Selling the Farm.
A poetry collection that was a bit too simplistic for me nevertheless attracted the attention of many of my readers. Learn more by reading my review of Mary Lambert’s book Shame is An Ocean I Swim Across.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
A book that has a bit of everything — religion, witch magic, guilt, river people, friendship, and commentary on motherhood — Chocolat by Joanne Harris is a complex read set in rural France. If you’ve seen the movie, note that the layers that complicate the novel have been removed from the film script. review Tuesday.
A new novel about writing life and relationships with men, Writers and Lovers by Lily King is all in the title. While one reader in my book club said he didn’t care to get into a book “about a bunch of MFA-types,” I disagree that King is another writer writing about writing. Check out my review Thursday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Thanks to Sue @ Whispering Gums for her recommendation! As you can see, I didn’t add as many books this week. I do plan to continue weeding library books I added to my Goodreads TBR if they are more than three years old. By the time I get to them, the library will have weeded them from their collection!