Definitely a busy week. Went to the dentist on Tuesday, and as Nick and I like to say, “clean teef!” Wednesday we both got our second Pfizer pweek. While I didn’t even feel my shot the first time, and Nick didn’t feel either shot, I think I got “lucky” and received the one shot-giver who is also headed to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics in javelin. Whatever, it was my #2 pweek, so still exciting, just also I was disgruntled. That night I was fine, the next day, which I took off from work just in case, I was fine. Then, suddenly that evening, my armpit hurt. It was definitely swollen too. Apparently, it’s an uncommon side effect for your lymph nodes in the armpit of the same arm you got your injection to swell up. Boy howdy. According to smart people at Yale, it can last two weeks. So, I guess I’m standing all fancy-like with my left hand on my hip for two weeks. I also had a low-grade fever, but that just meant I deserved ice cream. So, PWEEK #2 SUCCESS! Then, on Friday, I got a summons for jury duty. LoL, stop it, week.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
To quote one of my favorite movies, Hot Fuzz, “Murder, murder, murder.” Camilla Bruce’s new novel, In the Garden of Spite, uses real-life serial killer Belle Gunness’s as inspiration. The best part about Bruce’s novel is that I started researching online why Americans are obsessed with true crime and crime fiction and hooked up with Dr. Rebecca Frost. We’ve been emailing back and for all week about serial killers, publishing, and her dissertation in which Dr. Frost posits that true crime gives the community an opportunity to publicly reprimanded the wrongdoer and heal so they can return to order.
Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku, Kim @ Travelling in Books, and I are all reading the newest series from Mercedes Lackey for the last year of #ReadingValdemar. Kim joined in this year because Jackie and I finally hit the books that Kim had not yet read! We finally hit Redoubt, book four in a quintet, which has some action and survival stuff, but I frowned largely on Lackey’s abelist plotline with Amily and her disability. I left a discussion question for everyone about disability and their reading!
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
No genre exists that truly describes my favorite type of book, so I call them “girls gone wild” novels. At the center is a teen girl whose upbringing and tendencies lean toward off-the-grid, survivalist, “weird,” and even a bit feral. They have epic adventures that include meeting a series of people who generally float in the protagonist’s orbit, changing them little. Examples include Bogeywoman by Jaimy Gordon, Cruddy by Lynda Barry, and Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell. The Albino Album by Chavisa Woods is now on that list. Review Tuesday.
It seems lately I’m reading a number of multi-genre books. Thursday’s review of Once Upon Another Time by Pat Ballard will be no different. It’s a science fiction/ western/ romance novel published by Pearlsong Press, meaning it was guaranteed to not have any fatphobia. That doesn’t mean it’s a flawless novel, but it does have a bit of everything!
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 242 Owned Books on TBR Today: 223
I bought a couple of books recommended by our American Sign Language teacher, so while I finished a few I own this week, I also added to the list a little bit. The StoryGraph also got me in trouble again! To be fair, lots of StoryGraph books I’m choosing make great audiobook selections for the commute.