What a wild week. Americans of the United States were thinking about poking at Nevada with a stick, like it was a dead body we found in the woods, because the vote count wouldn’t move, and Nevada’s six electoral college votes were all we needed for Biden to win. Then, the Biden/Harris ticket won Pennsylvania (and Georgia and Nevada), and we couldn’t stop crying. Now we can sleep again. Although I don’t think it’s right to bully people, I must confess that Greta Thunberg’s gentle poke at The Donald’s loss made me smile. She’s so smart, and with her in the world, I feel better.
My mom and I are still doing our book club. Right now we’re reading the last book of Joanne Harris’s Vianne Rocher (or Chocolat) series. During book club, Mom’s dog decided he wants to be a cartographer when he grows up, so long as he can sleep and snore while he’s doing it:
Also, this gorgeous Indiana man with a spectacular oiled beard (#thirsty) won on Jeopardy! and told this wonderful story about Alex Trebek teaching him English.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
It was a real treat to share Monica Nolan’s interview with you, and for those of you who picked up Lois Lenz, Lesbian Secretary back when I reviewed it in 2016, what are you waiting for!? Nolan’s lesbian career girl series is a real treat!
One of the best moments of this past week didn’t go in my Pandemic Gratitude section because it is in regard to my review of Peaches for Monsieur le Curé by Joanne Harris, which posted Thursday. My mom, with whom I read the book, said that she was so intrigued by my review that it made her want to read the book, and then she remembered that she just did. LOL! That’s certainly a compliment in my opinion.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction by Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson is broken into eight sections. The sections explore story trends distinct to a time period and trend, such as those who were interested in and penned stories about the occult circa 1918-1926 when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was writing about Spiritualism instead of Sherlock Holmes. Review on Tuesday.
The last #ReadingValdemar book of the year, Take a Thief by Mercedes Lackey offers up a different style of book, one that follows a young Herald trainee years before he’s Chosen, rather than throwing him right into the ranks within a chapter or two. Review on Thursday.
What looks like a cozy mystery with a fat woman playing amateur detective — and the synopsis lends itself to this assessment — turned out to be something much better and more sophisticated. Am I going to throw myself into another series? It’s possible. Check out my review of Larger than Death by Lynne Murray on Thursday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Just one! It’s another from Pearl Song Press. I’ll be reading Unconventional Means by Anne Richardson Williams and Hearing Maud by Jessica White for Brona’s AusReading Month (that is, reading Australia). I’ve never participated, but I realized I had on my TBR a book by an Australian and one co-written with an Australian aboriginal woman, so decided to participate a little.