Will I finally finish this today? I don‘t know; I feel like I have been listening to if for so long.
FINALLY getting to this one
I went to a book event for Saeed Jones‘ memoir last night and it was lovely.
Man. I moved away from my small town and this was always my fear if I stayed. And the thing I think about when contemplating if there is a life for me there in the future. Not that I am vastly different. But even in HS I was defined by who I was as in middle school and grade school, etc. (K-12 for the win). I love a good small town insight.
Super unpopular and disappointing opinion time. After seeing raves about this one for the better part of six months, if not a year, this disappointed me. The pacing felt slow. The world building just throws you in, which I do appreciate, but never really makes sense of itself. And the narrative, for all its snark and bite, kept me at a distance. I wanted to like this one so much more than I did. And now I am also behind on vacation reading.
I have the Penguin Book of Witches so obviously I also needed the Penguin Book of Mermaids. Shoutout to the Barnes and Noble coupon and Barnes and Noble bookseller who went to the back when it wasn‘t in mythology yet that made this possible.
Rereading this on audio for book club because I am in the middle of another book I am enjoying and don‘t want to pause. Also as I count this as one of my favorite shot story collections of the last five years or so I figure I can always throw more money at it and I am interested in how it translates to audio.
Listening to an advanced libro.fm copy based on @Megabooks ‘s review. So far it throws Indiana around a lot but doesn‘t feel like it fully illustrates rural Indiana beyond cliche (despite the comparing every winter to the blizzard of ‘78). Also it talks about getting snow days when a lot of Indiana schools now utilize e-learning days for weather.
I talk about audiobooks I have listened to in the past week or so and try to process my feelings on She Said https://youtu.be/Zn-r7rPeNgI
Fellow romance lovers: I paired LOVER tracks with lovers for ALA‘s Booklist Reader. https://www.booklistreader.com/2019/09/17/books-and-authors/lover-tracks-belong-...
This was one my favorite romances last year, so I snapped up the audiobook when it was on sale. Definitely read it. The audiobook‘s cadence is odd and the narration just feels distant.
Didn‘t know about this ‘til yesterday and immediately downloaded on Libro.fm to listen to at work today.
I won the Libro.fm Summer Listening Challenge and got a year‘s worth of audiobook credits!!! 😭🤩 (I NEVER thought I would win this and just wanted an extra audiobook credit, so if you see an awful photo of me know I had worked 11 hours that day). Then I just bought YA Club titles anyway, because they were such a good deal. 3/4 of these titles I got on sale. 3/4 I have already read. 🤷♀️
I went to the Hamilton Exhibition today. As a dramaturg, it was really interesting to be paying a premium price for what was is essentially dramaturgy when my career has been hindered by lack of dramaturgy budgets. Also, I wish the interactive dramaturgical elements had been a little more expanded/dynamic. But it was absolutely gorgeous and they were so thoughtful about the information they presented.
Ways to catch me: start with a Buffy essay
Unpopular opinion time: I was only meh on this. I thought it was two separate books that weren‘t tied together completely. And while I like to Kill a Mockingbird, I am not a Harper Lee fangjrl. The bits about her were interesting but didn‘t feel pointed to or tied in with the case she was studying. This may have been a limit of the sources but 🤷♀️
I know I have been super MIA because of work lately. And while I don‘t think anyone really cares—I am sorry and I have missed everyone over here. But also I just finished The Nickel Boys and dang.