Oh, hi again. Sorry if I seemed a bit absent this week. I went and stayed in a cabin in the woods with my beloved for three days. There was no Wi-Fi and no cell reception unless I held my phone to the sky and yelled, “The power of Christ compels you!” Fun fact: if you open a bunch of tabs on your laptop to WordPress new blog posts, you can write there and save later. I had open three tabs for various reviews on which I am behind.
We also downloaded two movies from Netflix so we could watch them at night after showers. I picked Pet Semetary 2 so we had something spooky for the cabin in the woods (why didn’t I buy Cabin in the Woods!?!), and Nick picked America: The Motion Picture (omg). We struggled like peasants to make a fire on three different occasions and ate smores with marshmallows that didn’t really puff because I was cheap and bought store brand. Regardless, we stomped around the lake a lot, saw a giant vulture on a zipline, and lied to each other’s faces about just how many spiders lived in that cabin with us. 10/10, would do again.
Another weekly highlight: I purchased two copies of Martha Moody by Susan Stinson to be shipped out by the publisher. Hooray! This is my “thank you” gift to Stinson. I contacted Small Beer Press and learned that I can also buy an e-book copy to be sent directly to your email, even if you’re not in the U.S.. I can send an e-book to anyone in Canada or Australia, etc. but not the U.K. thanks to post-Brexit rules. Apparently, there are “international VAT filing requirements” or something. So, if you were interested in a free copy of Martha Moody but don’t live in the U.S. so thought you could not get one, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know. There’s one free copy left.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
This week, when I reviewed The Secret to Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel, I realize I may not have totally described the book properly. It’s not really about exercise or sports. More so, Bechdel explores her dependency on movement, how obsessive she is, and the way dominating a physical activity affects her personal relationships. Bechdel always taps into philosophy and history, too, examining famous creative people who also had an affinity for movement, too.
I love that my review of Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward got people thinking about my choice to include the label “horror.” We can debate until we’re blue about book labels, something I usually don’t enjoy doing, but my definition of horror has, and always will be, whatever horrifies me. Granted, I want that feeling to be more than momentary, and it doesn’t hurt if someone is the victim of a gruesome murder, but thinking back, I labeled Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier horror because I was horrified most of the time.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
On Tuesday I have a new Meet the Writer feature with author Leah Angstman, whose debut historical fiction novel, Out Front the Following Sea, is available for pre-order.
Thursday brings another #ReadingValdemar book review: Closer to the Heart by Mercedes Lackey. Our currently trilogy feels more medieval than previous, so I’m wondering how that’s affecting my feelings about the book (ableism comes to mind). But there’s also more swordy-stabby Kings and horses stuff, too.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Holy crap, I swear I’m reading all sorts of books I own, but I must keep sneaking in a new addition to the pile of my possessions just often enough to keep me floating at 220!
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 242
Owned Books on TBR Today: 220