This week was my birthday, and to answer your question before you ask, yes, I did get my Ninja Golf! birthday cake. The employees continued to act like I am a nutbar, but whatever. Here she is:
I proceeded to spend the whole next day giving way cake to neighbors, which was loads of fun for me.
Biscuit (and my dad by proxy, lol) ordered me birthday tickets to see Alison Bechdel doing a virtual reading, and the price includes a signed copy of Bechdel’s newest book. If that name sounds familiar, Bechdel is the cartoonist who came up with the Bechdel Test.
Nick gifted me a bevvy of things: an Alfred Hitchcock jigsaw puzzle, a Pusheen card game, flash cards for ASL, Twizzlers, and a game called Unstable Unicorns (which I think Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku would appreciate).
Several people texted to say hello — more so than I remember from past years! — and I wonder if the pandemic has somehow influenced us to reach out more.
I also received a package in the mail just yesterday from the lovely Roshni (a former book blogger) that held a personalized address stamp. Our relationship developed into letter writing shortly after we met online, so it’s a thoughtful gift of her to send.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Some of you are more familiar with Chavisa Woods’s writing, especially her memoir 100 Times. I hope folks will give her novel, The Albino Album, a chance, as it takes a lot of imagination to write an epic that includes so many wonderful and varied characters of different nationalities, races, genders, sexuality, politics, income, religions. Just something intriguing for everyone, and I confess I think about this book a lot.
Once Upon Another Time by Pat Ballard could have been polished up in places and done a bit differently in some areas, but overall the time travel-western-romance was still interesting and got me hooked after I pushed through the unenthusiastic first chapter.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
I’m pretty excited to share my review of Lantana Lane by Eleanor Dark, an Australian writer. It’s basically a novel made of a collection of comic stories in which you get to know a bunch of folks who were never meant to be farmers trying to make the land bend to their will, especially with pineapple (???) crops. Check it out Tuesday.
Invisible by Jeanne Bannon is a young adult novel starring a fat teen who starts to literally disappear when she is upset. The book came out in 2011, so a few years before the craze around fat characters in YA novels like Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy. Review Thursday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 242 Owned Books on TBR Today: 220
Thanks to Emily @ Literary Elephant for her recommendation!