Several years ago, I was following a blogger named Roshni @ Napoleon Split. Her reviews were fun, interesting, different. She has since stopped blogging about books, but I’ve always been impressed with her ambition. Napoleon Split was started as part of a class project when she was, I believe, a sophomore in high school. At one point, she even did a class presentation on Grab the Lapels, which has always tickled me. Since then, Roshni has gone away to college, done an internship, traveled around, written for other publications, and earned a job with Google. She makes STEM look good, folks. Did we lose contact when Roshni stopped blogging about books? No! In fact, we’ve been handwriting letters for years. Maybe she’s an old soul?
Though we’ve written, Roshni and I never did a video chat for no discernible reason. That is, until last Sunday. We decided to buddy read The Street by Ann Petry and then talk about it. When our cameras came on, Roshni’s mouth was hanging open, so I knew either she was very surprised that I was really-real and liked me immediately, or she thought I looked like a dumpster monster. Fingers crossed on the former.
It was a great conversation, and she surprised me when she asked if we could start another buddy read — immediately! That day! So funny. It had to wait a week or so, but we are starting another buddy read, this time with The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah. I’ve been trying to read this book for years, but the library copies always have holds or are checked out, despite it being published originally in 1999.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
We generated a lot of conversation on two sides of the globe when I posted my review of The Weekend by Charlotte Wood. I didn’t enjoy the novel for many reasons, but it was interesting to think more about how we treat the elderly, and what we even mean when we say “elderly.”
Thanks to everyone for reading and chiming in on the Mary Saracino feature on Thursday. Saracino thanks everyone for their interest in her work. There were great comments about the erasure and/or objectification of women in literature.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
You remember earlier in the pandemic when we did a loose buddy read with the book Paradise Cove — the one with the “beefy sea god”? Well, author Jenny Holiday graciously agreed to do a Meet the Writer feature to celebrate her third book in the Matchmaker Bay books! Interview on Tuesday.
A new direction I’m heading in with my reading is toward authors with disabilities. One book I read recently was the poetry collection called A Life Interrupted: Living with Brain Injury by Louise Mathewson, another gem from Pearlsong Press. Review on Thursday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
I’m really trying to read the books I own this year, so I’m going to start keeping track of where I am in this section of the Sunday Lowdown. After that, I’m committing to using the library instead of buying books. There is a deep socialist element of my personality in some regards, including things like healthcare about public libraries. Should I write a post to detail more why I’m not buying books for the most part anymore?
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 242 Owned Books Read This Year: 25
This week, only one book was added at the very last moment, a recommendation made during another Zora Neale Hurston Gathering & Gabbing book club. Anyone can register to Zoom in.