The biggest news is that Nick and I got our first (Pfizer) vaccine on Wednesday. Instead of signing up with a pharmacy, we chose a streamlined medical center, so it was in and out and done. This is not to say there is anything wrong with your local pharmacy (hi, Cupcakes & Machetes!) but the ones around me are oftentimes in sketchy grocery stores.
Biscuit was already counting down the weeks until Nick and I and she and my dad are all fully vaccinated so they can visit, so I started making a list of things we could safely do together while they are here. You won’t be surprised to know her hotel is already booked. It’s been since March 6, 2020.
Speaking of Cupcakes & Machetes, we’ve introduced ourselves via email and are chatting back and forth. Since we’re only about three hours apart, we’re thinking of meeting half way at a brewery that has an outdoor seating area once all four of us (her, me, the spouses) are fully vaccinated.
Nick and I started a new book that I read aloud to him. The Shootist (1975) by Glendon Swarthout was recommended to me after I finished True Grit (1968) by Charles Portis. Both books were made into films that starred John Wayne. At one point, I got to a new character in The Shootist and realized I couldn’t say what he said, because there were so many apostrophes for dropped letters, without really getting into it (try reading something a pirate says without doing “a voice” and you’ll know what I mean). Nick laughed at me when I said, “Oh, boy! I guess I’m doing a voice!”
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
It’s not often that I have two reviews of books by the same author within a month, but I’m glad I did because I enjoyed I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan so much more than her newest novel (It Not All Downhill from Here). Thus, readers could see how the author is hit and miss and find the right book for them.
I’m always pleased to have a classic novel appear on Grab the Lapels, and The Street by Ann Petry would be a great choice for the folks in the Classics Club. Petry’s writing is smooth and strong, and her characterization is consistent in a reliable way. That ending is intense, too!
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
After Roshni (a former book blogger) and I finished The Street we decided to check out The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah and compare what “street life” even means. Graphic, unflinching, and even educational, Souljah’s novel deserves the accolades for demonstrating what hip hop fiction/urban fiction can do. Review Thursday.
And since I seem incapable of reading alone these days, you won’t be surprised to know that I read Lab Girl by Hope Jahren with Biscuit and Lou @ Lou Lou Reads. We had a delightful video chat, and I’m always interested when Lou shares her medical knowledge and applies to books, such as when Jahren describes filling IV bags, something that Lou skipped over on her re-read because it’s too cringe-worthy. Review of this nonfiction work on Thursday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 242 Owned Books on TBR Today: 227