What a bizarre week! I felt confident at work and kept receiving compliments (and two elbow bumps and a handshake) for my services. I especially love helping patrons see that they are not unintelligent because they don’t know how to do something, and they’re always proud when they can (these are mostly tech-related skills).
But I also kept having some irregular heart beats and dyshidrotic eczema, both symptoms of anxiety in me. One of the reasons I watch a horror movie every Friday, a hobby I started during the lock down of 2020, is that it’s a relief to watch something that scares me that can’t really hurt me. Well, my reading went completely out of whack this week because I watched all seven Chucky movies: Child’s Play 1, 2, and 3, Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky, Curse of Chucky, and Cult of Chucky. And, if I’m being honest with you, I watched Bride of Chucky twice — it is the height of late 1990s everything, which is my jam. Also, I was all a-titter when I heard Fiona Dourif laughing at the same time as, and sounding nearly identical to, her father, Brad Dourif, in Cult of Chucky. Please offer your condolences to my poor spouse.
But that wasn’t all the TV I watched. Oh, no. Because over on Anne’s blog @ I’ve Read This she mentioned that Murder She Wrote is her favorite show, one she forces her toddlers to watch with her when she’s having a rough day. After some Googling I learned that Murder She Wrote is free on Peacock, an app you can get on your TV, and now the spouse and I have seen five episodes of nana’s favorite programming instead of watching any nightly news. What’s happening in the U.S.? I don’t know, but Jessica Fletcher has found a weird button, noticed a faded couch cushion, and discovered some mysterious pink shoes.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
The Coldest Winter Ever may not be for everyone due to the graphic language and imagery, but it would be an interesting novel to discuss in a class or book club to get going conversations about community building/destroying, status, gang violence, and control.
Lab Girl is also not for everyone. If you love science, you may hate the more personal sections of Hope Jahren’s book, but if you enjoy reading about relationships, the science chapters could put you to sleep. A tough sell, but it was a wildly popular book upon publication.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Something I wanted to address at Grab the Lapels was the number of books by Hispanic authors that I reviewed in the last year that I did not enjoy. Undocumented Americans was one, and Sabrina and Corina was another. I purposefully did research and found several titles by Hispanic women that I’m going to get to this year. My review of The Distant Marvels by Chantel Acevedo will post Tuesday.
On Thursday, check out my review of Nothing but Patience by A.M. Blair, a Sri Lankan-American writer and civil rights lawyer (and blogger!) who crafted a retelling of Sense and Sensibility.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 242 Owned Books on TBR Today: 225
No new books added this week.