THIS WEEK’S STAND-OUT MOMENTS
What a strange week. My ASL class was cancelled twice, once due to the freshmen community engagement day (and there are so many freshmen in the class that it wouldn’t make sense to teach 50% of us) and the second was unexpected: my professor didn’t feel well. I’m not surprised she felt poorly; the Midwest did that thing where it goes from 80 degrees one day to 60 the next. Everyone’s sinuses freak out whilst we try to feel joy over relief from the heat, fall goodies, and the promise of the upcoming holiday seasons.
On Saturday, Nick and I headed for an orchard to buy some decorations, including four smaller squash, Flint corn (“Indian corn”), and a pumpkiny-looking pumpkin-squash (I’m not going to carve into it to discover which way it leans). We then did a hay ride because any small adventure that appeals to a five-year-old child strikes my fancy, too. On the way home, we stopped at an Amish (or was it Mennonite?) produce stand for some eggs and jam.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Sister Séance is a mind-bending horror novel — literary horror, if we’re going to be that way — set on Halloween night just after the end of the Civil War. No person is untouched, from former soldiers with newly removed limbs, to freed slaves attempting to reunite with family, to the children of plantation owners who fiercely rejected slavery. Aimee Parkinson’s novel will published this October 31st.
Typically, when I review a romance novel, I get about the same responses from readers: they don’t don’t read romance or the book sounds like a fluffy, fun read. However, Rida Allen’s novel You Have Been Disconnected sparked a lot of discussion about appropriate behavior in relationships, if stalking is always stalking or if we’re quick to label persistence, etc. I’ve had a great time pondering your questions and comments!
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
My favorite urban fantasy author, S.M. Reine, just published a new novel that is not fantasy. She takes on addiction, sexual assault, infidelity, gun rights, and school shootings in a totally immersive plot with convincing characters. I’ll review She Killed Him First on Tuesday.
Jackie @ Death by Tsundoku and I started a new trilogy in the Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey. We’re seriously down to just three more books until we . . . run out of them! Though, Lackey is still writing them. After 2021 we are done with #ReadingValdemar because there’s no point in hosting a read-along when we have no clue if/when another book comes out. I kind of hope more do come, if this latest novel I read is any indication; Lackey has made a huge improvement in her writing and ideas. I was glued to the page and teary at one point. My review of The Hills Have Spies comes out Thursday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 242
Owned Books on TBR Today: 206