I’ve been working all week, and haven’t done much else. Last night, we had a birthday party on Zoom for Robin and our nephew’s partner. Next month, we’ll have one for my brother-in-law, our nephew, and our like-a-niece. (What do you call someone who has been like a niece since birth, but isn’t actually related?) I do enjoy this trend of family Zoom parties — it helps us stay connected! Next weekend, we’ll have our monthly virtual get-together with Mr. Bookwyrm’s side of the family, and hear how (and if!) school is going for our teacher niece, the niece who just started grad school, and the nephew who is a sophomore in college.
Last Week on the Blog
- Sunday Post – 8/16/2020
- Death at High Tide, by Hannah Dennison – review
- Sunday Post – 8/23/2020 – this post
This Week on the Blog
- Someone to Romance, by Mary Balogh – review, tentative
- News & Notes – 8/29/2020 – tentative
- Sunday Post – 8/30/2020 – tentative
What I’m Reading/Watching
Reading: I started The Language of Ghosts (Heather Fawcett; ARC), but put it down in favor a reread of Nora Roberts’ Key Trilogy: Key of Light, Key of Knowledge, and Key of Valor.) Rereading is more my speed when I’m swamped with work. My brain gets tired after hours of reading and analyzing nonfiction text!
I also started a library hold, The Hoarder in You. The author, a psychologist who worked with the show Hoarders, believes that hoarding is one extreme of a spectrum, and that many of us (including those who collect) have some of the same feelings and thoughts that make it hard for hoarders to get rid of things, but to a lesser, non-clinical degree. By examining the behavior of hoarders, we can learn how to counteract our own tendencies to accumulate stuff. In essence, it’s a book about decluttering for people who aren’t hoarders (she calls them non-hoarders), that starts by looking at people who are. I’m not sure yet if it’s an approach I agree with, or even whether I will finish the book.
Oh, and I read articles about the Democratic National Convention, because I didn’t really have time to watch it live.
Audiobooks: I will probably finish Clean Sweep this week; I’ve got less than two hours left. Podcasts: Side Door, from the Smithsonian.
Watching: Mostly we watched Trevor Noah and Stephen Colbert, because I didn’t have time to watch much else.
Added to the Hoard
Purchased (Kindle, print, or audio)
Print: A Most Improper Magick. Kindle: The Castle in the Attic; Black Girl Unlimited; Proof of Murder; Death at the Deep End; Among Others. Audiobooks (Audible, Libro.fm, or Chirp): Among Others. (Click title for Goodreads page or my review.)
A Most Improper Magick is known in the US as Kat, Incorrigible, and it’s a marvelous, funny, MG historical fantasy by one of my favorite authors. This is the 10th-anniversary UK edition, and I couldn’t resist. The picture doesn’t do it justice; the blue is all foil, so the the cover shimmers.