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I hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July, even if it is a very strange year! Mine was much quieter than I’d expected. I thought I’d be in Montana with my family, but that trip was cut incredibly short. The same day I arrived, we got word that my granddaughter Olivia may have been exposed to COVID. Because I have an underlying health condition that puts me at risk, and because getting testing done in their small town was going to be slow, we made the difficult decision that I should not stay. It was painful and there were a lot of tears. The good news now is that she did not get COVID and the bad news is I wish I’d stayed. It’s been a very difficult week. Hopefully, I can try again in a few weeks, though the way this country is looking right now is not very promising. I did get a lot of extra audiobooks in on the drive, so I guess that counts as a bright spot!
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Last 2 Week’s Reads
- I simply adored Saving Ruby King by debut author Catherine Adel West. That’s about all I’m going to say here because my full review will be posting tomorrow.
- My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams was the first of three audiobooks I finished over the last couple weeks. I really enjoyed this memoir from a young woman who was scammed out of a lot of money by a woman who she thought was her friend. I’ll be including my mini-review on an audiobook round up next week.
- I finally listened to the first of two Pulitzer Prize winning novels by Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad. It was great, though I was a little distracted with my sadness at leaving in the second half. Overall, I think I enjoyed The Nickel Boys more (my review). Mini-review coming next week.
- I loved Normal People (my review), but had missed Sally Rooney’s debut, Conversations With Friends. I wasn’t sure about it for the first hour or so, but then I was completely drawn into this story of another young, confused Irish woman. Sally Rooney is now an auto-but author for me. I love her style of writing and all that angst she brings to her characters. This will also be part of the mini-review audiobook round-up next week.
- I finished reading Craigslist Confessional this week. The book is a series of stories told anonymously to author Helena Dea Bala. I enjoyed many of their stories very much, others felt a little too whinny for me. Now, honestly, that probably has more to do with my state of mind last week!
- I’m still working my way through How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. I’m reading a chapter a day (Missing several days in the middle of all the last 2 week’s drama). It’s a lot to unpack and pay real attention to and I want to absorb as much as possible, so I’m liking this day-by-day approach.
- I’ve never read Alice Feeney before, so thought I’d try her latest, His & Hers. It’s a classic “who-dunnit” mystery and is working well for me on audio right now.
- I’m close to finishing The Party Upstairs by Lee Conell and to be honest, it hasn’t been my favorite. I think the author’s idea of sort of highlighting the differences between an Upper West Side building super, his daughter and the building’s residents is a great idea, but it’s been SLOW! (Again, it could be my state-of-mind.)
Likely to Read Next
- I’ve heard some really good things about The Golden Cage by Camilla Lackberg, so am eager to try for myself. I’ve had a lot of luck with Swedish crime thrillers and hope to be able to add this one to that list.
- I just recently heard about The Dragons The Giant the Women, a memoir from author Wayétu Moore. She shares the story of her family’s journey from war-torn Liberia to Texas and all that’s implied in such a huge change. I’m excited to give it a try.