Power is back on. Water is back on. The sun has come out. The temperatures have soared into the 70s.
Life is good again.
I finished only one fiction book, a brand-new middle-grade story, Amber & Clay, by Newbery-winning author Laura Amy Schlitz. The structure of this brilliant novel wowed me, with chapters set off with artifacts from ancient Greece, and text written in turn-counterturn, elegiac couplets, and hendecasyllables. It's not just structure that wowed me either; this story has great characters and a fascinating plot.
I read two recently published nonfiction books by authors I admire, The System by Robert B. Reich, and The Tyranny of Merit by Michael J. Sandel. I hope to do a blog post about these books in the near future which I have tentatively titled What Happened to My America? Part Two.
I wrapped up two Classics Club books, The Narrative of Sojourner Truth, and The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson.
My friend Rae of Powerful Women Readers brought over her copy of Q's Legacy, the last book in the trilogy of books about 84, Charing Cross Road.
All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot (Book 3 in the Series)
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (Chapter-a-Day Read-Along)
Yes, and...Daily Meditations by Richard Rohr (Daily Meditation Reading)
The Makioka Sisters by Junichiko Tanizaki (Japanese Literature Challenge)
Voices from the Past: Great Quotations for Every Day of the Year
A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter (1001 Children's Books)
I posted Books That Make Me Laugh Out Loud this week, which led me to NPR's 2019 list of Funny Books. We could use a few laughs right now, I think. If you have other suggestions, I'd love to see you include them on my Goodreads' Best Mood-Boosting Books list or share them in the comments.
I was delighted to get my first copy of a new magazine, Oh Reader, in the mail. Have you seen this one? What do you think?
Inprint Houston featured a visit with Lily King (Writers and Lovers) and Chang-rae Lee (My Year Abroad) interviewed by former Houston Chronicle books editor Maggie Galehouse last week. Look at the wonderful bookshelves of all three folks.
Good Thing #1
It took me three episodes, but I am growing to like the characters in the new version of All Creatures Great and Small.
Good Thing #2
We watched Darkest Hour, a 2017 movie with Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. Loved it.
Good Thing #3
We've now dared to visit in person with my dad and his wife plus my sister and brother-in-law. All of them have received both vaccinations, and we have received our first. We are starting to think about a visit to Chicago and a rock dig to Montana in late summer.
I'm happy you found your way to the Sunday Salon. Sunday Salon is a place for us to link up and to share what we have been doing during the week. It's a great way to visit other blogs and join in the conversations going on there.
Some of the things we often talk about at the Sunday Salon:
- What was your week like?
- Read any good books? Tell us about them.
- What other bookish things did you do?
- What else is going on in your life?
Other places where you may like to link up over the weekend are below. Click on the picture to visit the site.
My linkup for Sunday Salon is below.