Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku and I had a Zoom date last Sunday. We talked the incoming baby and how we were navigating COVID-19. Since then, we’ve followed up with emails about our plans for #ReadingValdemar 2021. That will be three years of Valdemar! We’re pretty excited. All the books for 2021 are Lackey’s newer works; one came out in 2020. Because it’s a fresh set of books, I hope you’ll read our reviews.
Several years ago I visited Eatonville, Florida, home of the Zora Neale Hurston. We went to her museum and visited some unusual restaurants with a mix of cultural amazingness in their food. While I was at the museum, I signed up for the Zora newsletter, which just today alerted me that there is a book club to raise money for the town. I’ll be joining the “Gathering and Gabbing” book club meetings for Mules and Men and Moses, Man of the Mountain in 2021.
For my Canadian friends: I found this super brief article about a couple who brought home “a little, crappy half-dead plant from Maxi” that is now almost the size of a Christmas tree because it won’t die. What the owners say just makes me so happy. Please read this!
And lastly: Thanksgiving news, of course. Nick and I made from scratch: cheesy biscuits, sauteed green beans, roasted harvest vegetables with quinoa, and an apple-gingersnap crisp. The only thing we outright bought were turkey burgers, and mother of god, were they salty. Later, I watched a movie with my mom in the next state, but because of copyright protection, we had to use four different devices (2 laptops, 1 TV, and a tablet) to make this work. There were moments like, “How many stars from the Paramount Logo are on your TV? Okay, let me get the same number. Okay, I’ll count to three and we’ll both hit play!” It was great, though! We watched A Simple Plan after finishing the book together.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Another one in the bucket for Brona’s AusReading Month! I finished Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko and enjoyed it. There’s a lot of rage in this book, but interesting characters, too. Also, if you like a tiny touch of magical realism, stealing back what’s yours, and a wee bit of romance, this book is for you.
On Thursday I shared my introduction to Kathy Reichs’s famous Dr. Temperance Brennan “bones” series. Many of you commented that you’d read her stuff before. I jumped in with Swamp Bones first (book #16.5) because I was searching for a novella on audio and liked the synopsis. Setting the scene and delivering on the science, I enjoyed Reichs’s book.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
I’ve got another AusReading Month book coming at you even though it will technically be December. The newly published novel The Silence by Susan Allott appears to be a book about a woman who’s been missing from Sydney for thirty years, but covers a variety of topics: expatriation, the stolen generation, domestic violence, policing, gender norms in the 1960s, and parental loyalty. Review on Tuesday.
On Thursday I have an audiobook review: Bones on Ice, another novella by Kathy Reichs. Well, I had to see if the first novella was a fluke, right? I’m not doing a series dive, though. I also listened to the first full-length novel, Déjà Dead, and got distracted any time Dr. Brennan mentioned family, friends, and police. I just want the bones!
On Thursday, I’m sharing Australian author Jessica White’s Meet the Writer feature. Just recently, I reviewed her memoir/biography, Hearing Maud.