A couple of weeks ago Nick and I finished the epic novel The Albino Album by Chavisa Woods. Just this year I’ve read/listened to three of Woods’s books, and a fun fact: she was one of the first authors I reviewed at Grab the Lapels back when I started in 2013 after her publisher sent me a copy of her newest collection at the time. I reached out to Woods to ask if she would participate in Meet the Writer, and she said yes. I’m pretty pumped.
I finished reading the last story in the Mr. Poe series by S.M. Reine. Mr. Poe is a cat, and when his curiosity gets the best of him, he eats an artifact he finds in his owners’ relic room: the Ring of Bau. The ring gives him the ability to shape shift into a human. Reine’s writing is spot on; the cat as a person is self-centered, won’t admit he’s wrong, and he still tends to lick himself when he’s dirty. It’s a great series to blow through and have fun. Each book is about 60 pages. I believe Reine started writing them during the pandemic as a way to power through miserable times. I’d been reading them on my work break and giggling at passages like this:
“You can conquer the demons of inopportune fatigue if only you apply yourself!”
Lastly, this week Nick and I started a sign language class available via our library through Gale learning. So far, we’ve covered 0-15 and fingerspelling. While watching Murder She Wrote we fingerspell everyone’s names. The plan is to take the second course two months after this one (if we pass!). Although I am not completely deaf, I don’t know what will happen to my hearing as I get older, and we want to be ready no matter what. Plus, Sign Language and Deaf culture are simply amazing.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
As it turns out, not many of us know much about Cuba other than it being the boogeyman from 1961 when the United States shut down everything between the two countries. To get your toes wet on part of the history of revolutions between native peoples in Cuba and Spain, check out the historical fiction novel The Distant Marvels by Chantel Acevedo.
My second review last week also starred characters who are not white. A.M. Blair penned a retelling of Sense and Sensibility with Sri Lankan-American protagonists called Nothing but Patience. The main characters are sisters whose half-brother and his wife are trying to remove the sisters from their only home and cut them out of an inheritance.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
After reading The Potato Masher Murder, a true crime book set a couple of blocks from the library where I work, I wouldn’t call myself a true crime fan. However, a book with much more media attention, In the Garden of Spite by Camilla Bruce, called my name because the character was a famous female serial killer in Indiana. After all, La Porte is the next county over from mine and a place I’ve driven through many times. Review Tuesday.
It’s that time of month again! #ReadingValdemar is on book #4 of the Collegium Chronicles series. I confess I’m still reading the novel (so close to the end!) and am intrigued about where it will land: some place in the middle of the harrowing section I’m in right now and then carry into the next book? Or, will everything get wrapped up in time for a new adventure in book #5? Review Thursday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 242 Owned Books on TBR Today: 224