Sunday, September 10, 2017

Life After the Hurricane


School has reopened. The public library has reopened. The gas stations have reopened.

Contractors are handing out their business cards at Kroger. Piles of sodden drywall and carpeting lie in heaps for the garbageman. Friends and family wait to hear from the insurance adjustor and FEMA.

Life after the hurricane.

Mail has resumed, too, and I got in a lot of books:

I'm always happiest when I get a lot of review books in my mailbox. And when hurricanes aren't raging outside.


Nicole Krauss is coming to Houston (the event had to be moved from the Wortham to Rice University because of flooding, but the event is still going to happen) next week, so I'm busy reading her latest book, Forest Dark. I read two reviews before I started it from disappointed readers, but I'm not disappointed, at least so far. Krauss is such a thoughtful writer that I find myself rereading lines as I go along, and that's one of my favorite ways to read.

If I had to pick another favorite way to read, it would have to be reading while laughing. And that's how I'm reading A. J. Jacobs' latest real-life adventure, It's All Relative. He's exploring the world of our kin and DNA and, like every Jacobs book I've read, it's strange and zany and smart and clever.


Let's see if I can get in a bit of this in the next two weeks....


The call for Cybils judges went out on Monday, August 21. The volunteer application will be open until September 11. If you love children's books or YA books, and you love to write about the books you read on your blog, we'd love to have you on our Cybils team. I'm especially interested in finding some bloggers who love children's fiction picture books and board books. I hope you will apply. Apply here.

What are you reading today?

What is the Sunday SalonImagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week. 
 It is now being hosted here.

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is now being hosted at The Book Date.


  1. Thank you so much for reminding me of the application! I completely forgot. But I don't think I'll get chosen though. Oh well :P

  2. I'm glad that things are slowly opening back up though I know there's so much clean up to be done. We don't have hurricanes here but we get hit hard by tornadoes periodically and it seems like the clean up just never ends. I'm adding It's All Relative to my TBR. That looks fascinating!

  3. We don't have hurricanes, but we do have earthquakes...but not often. A nearby town was totally destroyed by an earthquake in 1983...yes, long ago, and putting everything back together and helping the people (one of our social worker jobs back then) was a reminder of how devastating natural disasters can be.

    My son was in the midst of the Northridge Earthquake in LA - 1994.

    But hurricanes are really scary to me, all that water damage and frightening flooding. Sending positive thoughts.

    I'm glad you all are picking up and moving on with positive feelings and confidence. Enjoy the author event.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and have a great week. That TBR Read-a-thon looks good.

  4. I am glad that you are ok. It is very efficient for the post to start delivering books so soon.

  5. This phase of cleaning up and getting back to normal does take time, doesn't it? I am glad to hear recovery is in progress. That's great that you are planning to go see Nicole Krauss. I have yet to read any of her books, but I know the name quite well. A.J. Jacobs is an author I keep meaning to try. I imagine his books are similar to Mary Roach's--at least in regards to the humor.

    I can't believe the Cybils are closing in already! I look forward to seeing the final results!

    I hope you have a great week, Deb.

  6. I'm using my slow cooker a lot these days. Your book looks like a good one for the kitchen!

  7. I have family affected by both Hurricane Harvey and Irma. What a few weeks this has been! Prayers out for all.

  8. How were you affected? Are you and all your family doing well? Here's hoping so.

    1. Thank you for asking. My sister-in-law, my brother-in-law, and my niece all had homes that were flooded by the hurricane. They are gradually getting their homes repaired. It's a slow process.

  9. I am doing the Tackle your TBR challenge. Because, seriously, its so out of hand! Yikes!
    Have a great week!

  10. I signed up to read for Cybils, but I read YA. Don't know if I will be selected. I loved Nicole Krauss's The History of Love and found myself rereading lines in it.

  11. I'm glad to hear life is resuming for you guys! I got groceries a couple of days ago. The kids go back to school Tuesday. I will go back to work after that. I'm really looking forward to a little bit of normalcy. I know it will help.

  12. I'm sorry to hear about the hurricane. My prayers and thoughts go to those affected. Glad that everything is starting to go back to normal. Happy reading and have a wonderful week. :)

  13. Hope your clean up isn't too bad or costly- I can't even imagine what those of you in the zone have to deal with. Best wishes for the recovery...

    The Slow Cooker books appeals to me- I must be hungry??- and so does It's All relative. that one looks interesting!

  14. Wow! That's a lot of awesome books you got there! I hope you are doing okay after the hurricane.

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays!

  15. Glad life is resuming again. Looks like you got some interesting books!

  16. I'm glad you are returning to some normalcy after Harvey. Forest Dark sounds very good, and the Martin Luther book is new to me, too. Thank you!

  17. Glad to hear things are starting to get back to normal, or at least as normal as they can be, given the circumstances!

  18. I applied to be a Cybil judge, but I'm not sure I'm what they are looking for...

  19. Glad to hear life is starting to resume. I read it and at first I was so confused because I know things haven't opened up yet in Florida.... we live there part of the year so my mind is so focused on there right now. Just hard to believe these back to back natural disasters. I'm glad books were a refuge for you. I know they are for friends in Florida too!

  20. Glad to hear that you weathered the hurricane safely, and that life is resuming, although not quite the way it was before. Hopefully FEMA gets to you soon - my dad is a FEMA worker and he is stationed outside Galveston right now. Hopefully you don't have a long wait. Your books look good!

  21. Glad things are starting to open back up. Everything except Publix was still closed here, but it has only been a day, and we escaped the brunt of Irma.

  22. Glad to hear things are slowly returning to normal. My company's location in FL is still closed, and agreed, book mail without a hurricane raging outside is definitely a plus.

  23. Great to hear that the rebuilding process is happening. Really wishing you all the best and sending you lots of light and love. Always great to receive review copies in the mail "after the hurricane."

  24. I'm glad to hear that your life is returning to normal. Hurrah for the mail and more books to read!

  25. Seriously. This year has been bad. I'm glad everything is okay with you. I'm hopping over to see how you're doing for the Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon. We've got five more days...

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings

  26. Well, at least the mail's resumed. Glad you're alright. It's pretty crazy when stuff like that happens to people I know (at least know on the internet...)


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