THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
As I write this, I’ve somehow tricked Nick into singing that Christmas song that The Chipmunks do, and I’m pretty pleased with myself. This week I did more work finding books by and about d/Deaf people, continued studying ASL videos, and actually made some plans despite all the scary COVID news. We had dinner with our neighbors (it concluded with the husband saying, “Nice choppin’ with ya’ll,” which I had never heard and totally love) and I met a fellow college student at a coffee shop that put up glass doors around all the tables. I’ve started planning the Christmas menu for Biscuit’s house (hi, Biscuit!) and am going to bake three types of cookies to make little goody bags.
Nick went shopping while I watched an ASL video on Saturday and came back about 90 minutes later. After lunch he spent almost three hours in the spare bedroom doing assembly stuff. Seriously, if I don’t get a real Frankenstein monster for Christmas, I’ll be surprised. What else could he have been assembling in there?!? I waited patiently in the living room and watched Silently Night, Deadly Night, a movie script that I’m POSITIVE took inspiration from Frankenstein’s monster (Naughty bad! Punish good!).
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Thanks to everyone who gave me feedback on my review of Crying in H-mart by Michelle Zauner. I’ve been reconsidering how I approach book reviewing, something I do every few years. For example, I added at the end of my Zauner book review that if you’ve lost someone close to you, her memoir will likely be rough.
I’ve also been adding content warnings again. Honestly, I can’t recall if I’ve explained why or just slid them in. Basically, when I look for a new horror movie for Friday nights, I’m specific about what I don’t want to see: rape, physical torture that goes on a long time, and body horror. Think Last House on the Left, Hostel or Saw sort of movies, or Human Centipede (OMG why???? The trailer messed me up). All of those make me feel bad — not afraid — and I don’t need that. I’ve seen folks on Twitter ask about specific horror movies with questions like, “Does this one have any eyeball stuff?” So, in a way, horror movies helped me understand content warnings better. I do put them at the bottom of a review but do not purposefully cover anything graphic in the review itself. And of course, ask me for clarifications on any content I don’t cover that may not be appropriate for you.
I also shared a Meet the Writer interview with Gail Adwin, who hails from the U.K. Thanks for treating her so kindly and engaging with her answers, and thanks to Aldwin for responding to my readers.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
A Christmas novel! Okay, it’s Santa-Christmas not Jesus-Christmas. Up at the North Pole exists a city that functions to help Santa Claus each year. And in that city lives his daughter, Kris. She’s the best helper around, but what happens when the gendered pronouns in a law prevent Kris from taking over as Santa when her father retires? Miss Claus by J.R. Hart is an excellent holiday novel you won’t want want to miss. Read the review on Tuesday.
And then Thursday it all really comes to an end: Reading Valdemar for three years. Jackie and I will each share a post about what this read-along journey has meant to us, what has changed in our lives, and where the ups and downs in the experience were.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 242
Owned Books on TBR Today: 203