The big one this week is that I got new hearing aids. My previous set were about six years old. Imagine how the technology has changed. Just picture your cell phone from six years ago. I don’t know about you, my mine had one of those slide-out keyboards. Therefore, the difference is tremendous, and I’m told the new hearing aids have Bluetooth, which I’m not interested in. Pairing devices already drives me bonkers. Anyway, my brain has to get used to all the noises I can hear now, like the fact that toilet paper makes sound, I can hear rain through the roof, and my apartment has the eerie creaking of a haunted mansion.
Smaller, but still great, is that I won my first Goodreads giveaway. The book is The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories by Danielle Evans. I’ve heard of people who win these things all the time, but in the twelve years I’ve been on there, not once was I notified of a shiny new book. Then again, I’m not signing up for these giveaways willy-nilly. I get alerts about contests for books already on my TBR shelf.
Below are images of a curry I made and an image I found on Reddit about Google predictions that made me smile. Also, Bill shared with me (just in time!) a new photo of darling Bingo the Dingo on his latest trip to Nullarbor Station.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
I started this week with a goofy vampire audiobook called Reckoning by Jeaneine Frost that wasn’t meant to be a romp, but that’s what it was. Poor voice narration combined with some bad writing made for an audiobook at which I laughed — but wasn’t supposed to. I ended the week with a follow-up to the much beloved Chocolat by Joanne Harris. The Girl With No Shadow is a decidedly darker look at magic when it’s used for control and treachery, rather than divining a stranger’s favorite chocolate.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Werewolves in October? Yes, please! I finished the Seasons of the Moon series by S.M. Reine. I’m not sure the Seasons of the Moon books (for young adults) are any less intense that the first series (The Descent, for adults), but I know I was just as emotionally involved with these teen characters as I was Reine’s adult ones. Review on Tuesday.
Everyone wants to read something spooky/scary/horrifying in October, so I checked out An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten. This is another audio review. Tursten introduces readers to Maud, an 88-year-old little shit who is happy to kill anyone who disrupts her sense of normalcy. It was loads of fun; my review will be here on Thursday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Some of these are new releases I heard about on CBS This Morning, and others were added as I read Monster She Wrote by Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson.