Although things can feel draggy, like “pandemic life” is “forever life,” I rooted for my mom, Biscuit, as she signed up for the vaccine, available to her because she works in a correctional facility. They never had a shelter-in-place order! Prisons don’t close, right? And then she got it! I teared up when Biscuit sent me a picture of her little paper indicating the date and type of vaccine. Go, Biscuit! I know that only a small percentage of Americans are vaccinated, but already those vaccines are bringing down the overall numbers in infection and hospital rates. If you feel sour grapes about the oldest folks getting vaccinated first, keep in mind they’re also more likely to be in the hospital, which contributes to strain on the healthcare system. If you need to go to the hospital for a non-covid reason, it’s good for you if there are available staff to assist. Also, empathy.
Without truly planning to, I’ve shuffled around some of my reading and filled February with books by black women. I’m never great at planning my reading around celebrations, like Black History Month, because I would have to read in January to make the reviews line up with February. However, if you’re interested, you can check out the following titles and expect to see the reviews in the near future:
- Moses, Man of the Mountain by Zora Neale Hurston
- I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan
- The Street by Ann Petry
- This Close to Okay by Leesa Cross-Smith
- Deacon King Kong by James McBride
- The Dead are Arising by Les Payne and Tamara Payne (Although I don’t write reviews of books by men at Grab the Lapels, I do add some of my thoughts on my Goodreads account).
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Is it possible that the publisher pushed Susan Rieger to add a romance component to her epistolary novel, The Divorce Papers? And that pink cover fails to capture the seriousness around professionalism and workplace discrimination inside the pages! But, I did enjoy Rieger’s legal novel, which makes use of the author’s background in law.
I was so happy to welcome Dr. Leslie Moïse, whose Meet the Writer feature got lots of attention on social media. The more I learn about Pearlsong Press, the more I love it. They not only refuse to publish books with fat shaming, but I’m finding many of the characters (and authors!) are LGBTQ+, disabled, older community members, and survivors of trauma. Currently, the owner of the Pearlsong is moving over to WordPress (hooray!) for a more modern-looking website. You can find mystery, romance, memoir, poetry, general fiction, fantasy/paranormal — just about any genre you can think of. Please support them! Hyped novels have enough attention, and if you’re trying to read more diversely, you can’t go wrong with Pearlsong.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Jennifer Cruise’s rom-com Bet Me is touted as a fat-positive novel. I know I was invested in this love story that avoids icky romance pitfalls, and I was surprised by how many characters I easily kept straight. Check out my review on Tuesday.
Every Friday night I watch a horror movie. One website said Cam on Netflix was a must-see, and while I wouldn’t call it horror, I did enjoy this creepy look into the sex worker industry. Turns out, the scriptwriter is Isa Mazzei, who was herself a cam girl and wrote a memoir about it. Riveting — I listened to the audiobook read by the author. Review Thursday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Thanks to Laila @ Big Reading Life for her recommendation!