Sometimes, weekly highlights are hard to write. Is a “highlight” something big, meaningful? Or small mercies? Like the return of my left hearing aid after it was sent away for repair. I had a loner whose brand did not match my original, and I’ve been off kilter for two weeks with it. Imagine your prescription glasses had one correct lens and one that was noticeably too strong. But it’s your ears.
Or is a funny moment a “highlight”? Imagine me, the spouse, Biscuit, and my dad last Sunday at Ninja Golf!, where they had a special one-day craft show. And then lo, two huge turkeys hiding in the bushes about 6 feet from me — were they social distancing turkeys?? — gobbled obscenely and I almost wet myself.
Or picture me, reclining on the couch, reading happily for about an hour. When I roll over to stand up, I’m 99% positive I’ve actually wet myself. In reality, I forgot I had a cream soda resting on my leg, and when I rolled I perfectly spilled it in the crotch of my shorts.
My library is now completely re-open as we were pre-pandemic. As a fully vaccinated person who sits behind a plastic barrier and still doesn’t get too close to people, I’ve decided to not wear my mask anymore. Many folks don’t feel the same way, but my attitude on this is to live by science, not feelings. Is it surreal? Yes, yes it is.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
The YA werewolf series I shared may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but S.M. Reine always brings it. The Cain Chronicles oscillates between gore and teen love triangle, throwing in surprises and humor to keep skeptical readers entertained.
Have you read her work yet? Chavisa Woods brings passion, wit, memorable characters, whimsy, and a pinch of fearfulness in her short stories, novel, and memoir. In Woods’s Meet the Writer feature, we got to know more about the person behind the words.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Right after Biscuit and I finished a fictionalized story of the serial killer Belle Gunness, we picked up a new memoir/investigative journalism work by Liza Rodman and Jennifer Jordan called The Babysitter: My Summers with a Serial Killer. We honestly don’t read much true crime; these titles happened to end up together in our reading. Review Tuesday.
Bastion is book quintet in the Collegium Chronicles quintet by Mercedes Lackey. Would it be a dud of an end to the series? Would Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku and I get tired of this character, his friends, his Companion, all of #ReadingValdemar? There were surprises I could not have guessed! Review Thursday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 242
Owned Books on TBR Today: 218