Sunday Lowdown #128


This week, lots of good things happened. On Thursday I had did a placement test with a Deaf professor from Goshen College to see if I could test out of American Sign Language 1 (there are 5 semesters). I tested into ASL 3! I can’t remember the last time I was so proud of myself!

On Saturday the spouse and I headed to Ninja Golf! where they had free coffee and bundt cakes for members during these special early hours. We also finally started playing putt putt, which is the real reason for the membership, though we mostly use it for discount coffee and ice cream.

After we headed to Goshen to actually see the college I’ll be attending in the fall. It’s environmentally friendly, with lots of purposeful nature landscaping and is one of the greenest colleges — 100% of their electricity comes from renewable sources. You can scroll through some pics here.

On Saturday night I convinced the spouse to do #stabbysaturday with me. You log on to Shudder (a horror streaming app similar to Netflix), and on the home screen a movie starts playing automatically at 8:00PM. They’re cheesy 80s flicks; first was Sorority House Massacre, and the second was Pledge Night (most of the horror derived from the hazing actually, ew). Live Tweeting with other folks whom you don’t know but love horror and are watching too was really fun! I’ll do it again for sure.


So, I read and reviewed Disfigured by Amanda LeDuc. *insert Mario Bros. dying music* It was such a bummer, and so I scoured the internet and discovered lots of other books by disabled people about living with disabilities. You’ll see them in my new TBR list below.

Martha Moody by Susan Stinson was a great book, beautifully written and full of emotions I’m not used to reading about or experiencing. At the end of my post I mentioned that I am giving away several copies of Stinson’s novel, but I haven’t had any takers yet. This made me realized just how many of you don’t live in the U.S. I don’t want to exclude anyone, but mailing a book out of the country is prohibitively expensive. If I don’t hear from anyone, maybe I’ll give away some books as presents!


Alison Bechdel has a new graphic memoir! Entitled The Secret to Superhuman Strength, Bechdel explores her relationship to mastering all forms of physical activity in an obsessive way, tying in how our cultural environment changes our connection to moving our bodies. Review Tuesday.

Sing, Unburied, Sing was the first novel I’d read by Jesmyn Ward, and I’m glad it’s one I read with my book club buddy, Biscuit. There’s lots to discuss here that likely I would have missed reading on my own. Or, maybe this is just an excellent book club book, leaving open all sorts of avenues for conversation? Review Thursday.


Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 242
Owned Books on TBR Today: 220


  1. Well done on the test. You go.

    Re books added to your TBR, the only one I know is Ann Patchett’s Truth and beauty, which I remember finding interesting but it is so long ago now. I wonder what I would make of it now.

    As for StabbySaturday, no way would you get my signing up for that! Even the name is off-putting! I am such a wuss when it comes to onscreen violence. I’m the one who jumps out of my seat even when I’m expecting the surprise horror.


  2. Congrats on testing so far ahead! That’s amazing!
    You’ve added some really interesting looking reads this week. I’m looking specifically at Dead Leprechauns. :3
    Yay, putt putt! We played putt putt while on vacation waiting for friends to arrive. We had a blast and plan on making it a more regular thing. We have a course in our hometown that we haven’t tried out yet.
    That’s awesome that Stabby Saturday was fun! 😀


  3. Congratulations on getting into the ASL course. I wish more places had Goshen’s determination to be green. Good to see Future Girl in your TBR as recommended by (Australian deaf author) Jessica White. What’s the connection between Final Girls and The Final Girl Support Group?


    • There isn’t a connection between the two final girls books. A “final girl” is a horror trope. There’s always one young woman, who remained sober and clothed the entire movie, who survives the slaughter around her. Now, there are a few books about what happens to that final girl after the movie is over.


  4. Congrats on the test! You should feel proud of yourself.

    Truth and Beauty was very good. Have you read Lucy Grealy’s Autobiography of a Face? She was Patchett’s good friend and the subject of Patchett’s book. It would be interesting to pair those reads. I read them both a long time ago and might reread them sometime.


  5. Lots of Grady Hendrix on that TBR! I’m excited to see it. And congratulations on the test score-wow! And the new college you are going to sounds beautiful, yay for environmentally friendly places!!!!

    And Stabby Saturday-could there BE a better name????


    • Grady Hendrix is suddenly everywhere, meaning my library bought all his books. It used to be they only had Horrorstor, but now they have the whole backlog of his work.

      #StabbySaturdays was SO. FUN. Reading everyone’s reactions while they were watching was great, and all the gifs people included? PERFECT.

      I’m nervous about starting school again. I mean, I have to get a student ID and parking pass, right? These are things I’ve forgotten how to do. :3

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  6. Yay! Congrats on your test! And the college sounds great – very cool that it is so environmentally friendly. Sing Unburied is on my TBR so I’ll look forward to hearing your thoughts on it.


      • I went to the University of Victoria, which is pretty medium-sized (though that’s compared to other Canadian schools). You’re right though that I loved how community-oriented it was. The campus was small enough that you knew where everything was and you were always running into people you knew. When I started there, it was known for being overrun by wild rabbits and having a very lax attitude toward smoking pot in public!


  7. Even though I didn’t love the one Patchett novel I’ve read so far, I am really interested to hear what you think of Truth and Beauty – I don’t think we have enough nonfiction about friendships and I am always up for reading more about it!


  8. Wow! What a week! 😀
    Congrats on killing it with your testing and being able to skip so far ahead. That’s fantastic!
    #StabbySaturdays sound so fun. What a cool idea.
    The books you added to your TBR List look really interesting, too. 🙂


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