Okay, so there was definitely a part of my week when I was like this:
But I tried to find something for which I am grateful in there. When we got Saturday date-night drive-thru Taco Bell, I saw they gave us moist towelettes. So that’s good, and we’ve never gotten those before.
But no, really. It’s been small things: getting pictures of my nieces and nephew in a Christmas card, deciding to do a by-mail holiday cookie exchange, and this cat as it learns to do a TikTok dance. For real, I spend months learning how to do the Floss to impress my nieces, and they’re so over it. I’m, like, three years behind being relevant.
What I’m really most grateful for this week is that Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku is doing well. Her due date was December 5th, and she’s just hanging out, being amazing.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
A beautifully woven plot with two time lines, The Silence by Susan Allott was an excellent bookend to Brona’s AusReading Month. I kerjiggered up some courage and asked the author to do a Meet the Writer interview. Because she has a deadline approaching for her second novel (!), that interview is waiting until the new year.
Speaking of interviews, on Thursday I shared Jessica White’s thoughts on the writing process, responses to her writing, and if she considered the deaf community her audience as she wrote her memoir. I’m so grateful when authors are willing to share themselves with Grab the Lapels.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
On Tuesday I’m posting my review of The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris. Set in a French village, the novel follows a mute teen who may or may not be a changeling, and her story is interposed with a letter left in a will that reveals the cause of death of two people decades before.
Thursday brings the wrap-up of #ReadingValdemar 2020. Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku and I look at what we wanted from 2020, what we appreciated, and what we’re looking forward to in 2021. Additionally, Lou @ LouLouReads and I did a buddy read of The House on the Strand, Daphne du Maurier’s time travel novel set in her much-written-about Cornish seaside. I’ll share my review and some of our thoughts.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Thanks to Bill @ Australian Legend for his recommendation!