THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
Sunday Lowdown #170 got rather too long, so I saved my trip to the American Writers Museum in Chicago for #171. If you’re curious about what did with the rest of my week, just know that I was miserable due to my stitches getting irritated by the humidity, which led to me trying one whole day at home topless. I felt clever until I realized I couldn’t lean back or lay down on anything because the stitches require Vaseline, and do you know how hard it is to sit up all day?? The next day I went back to a sports bra and the humidity about destroyed my stitches. So awful. The third day I tried to not think of Stefanie @ A Stone in the River and turned on the A/C. I started watching the entire Purge series, horror films which had to seem ridiculous during the halcyon days of the Obama administration when they were released, but in 2022 they were way too on the nose.
Things got better, except not being allowed to exercise or even walk fast enough to increase my heart rate for two weeks means my blood pressure went up, my feet swell a bit, and my anxiety got out of control. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the sponsor of this post is clearly Xanax. So, let’s just pretend this week did not happen and get ourselves back to the American Writers Museum.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POST
Because I follow a few Aussie bloggers, I feel inspired to read more Australian writers so we bloggers can make a connection. The Words in My Hands (Australian title: Future Girl) by Asphyxia led to conversations mainly about how we use the word “normal.” It’s not a useless word, but context is everything. Something I didn’t add to my post is just how colorful Asphyxia’s book is. She includes her own drawings, paintings, and collage so the book looks like the main character’s art journal. Check out this page for some examples.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POST
When I learned that Daphne du Maurier, one of my favorite authors, had a book in which an English lady runs off with a French pirate, I knew I had to read it. The question is, will she leave her dense husband and two children to be with a quick-witted, lovely pirate, or will she give up the only time she’s felt alive to return to her family? It’s a rather unexpected plot. Review Wednesday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 202
Owned Books on TBR Last Week: 181
Owned Books on TBR Today: 181
Almost all of these books were added to my TBR while I was at the American Writers Museum. There was one exhibit in particular at which you could click on authors and listen to and watch them answer questions about being immigrants, children of immigrants, refugees, etc. They were asked about language, family, why they write, what “American” means, etc. If you want to see what the exhibit looks like, click here.