Saturday, February 22, 2020

Sunday Post #48/Sunday Salon #22

Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly Sunday Post link-up, and Deb at ReaderBuzz expanded Sunday Salon from a FB group to a link-up as well.

What I Read
After a dismal showing last week, I'm BACK, BABY! Well, and I also decided to actually count some of the tiny home and decluttering books I've been reading. I read eight books, five of which were nonfiction. This is a bit odd for me, but I think it's a reaction to reading so much YA spec fic in a short period of time.

Dreyer's English, recommended by Deb at Reader Buzz, is a gem. I was chortling while reading. My daughter said, "Only you would be laughing while reading a book about punctuation and grammar," but I am pretty sure that most people would be absolutely delighted by this book.

Tiny Homes on the Move: Wheels and Water
Tiny House Basics: Living the Good Life in Small Spaces
New Minimalism: Decluttering and Design for Sustainable, Intentional Living
Of the dozen or more related books I've skimmed lately, these are the ones that actually pulled me in enough to read.

Talking to Strangers
I just sat by the library windows and polished this off in a couple of hours. I started out extremely skeptical of Gladwell's take on police violence, but he tied together interesting data about how most crimes take place in very small, specific areas, research on policing from a specific area of Kansas City, and how the disastrous misunderstanding that those two things are related has led to horrifyingly dangerous practices. Also interesting information on how making specific deadly means less available doesn't just shift suicide attempts to other means, but actually decreases suicide rates.

And in fiction, I read the sequel to The Hazel Wood, The Night Country, which was satisfying, Paper Valentine, which was on the "staff recommends" shelf at the library and was just the right amount of horror for me, and Spellslinger, which I didn't quite finish in time for the OBOB conversation. It is a creative and entertaining western/fantasy. It was my favorite of the week after Dreyer's English.

What I'm Reading/What's Next
I just picked up The Hand On the Wall, the final book in the Truly Devious series, so I'm super excited about that. I also just started reading Sal and Gabi Break the Universe, which should be a quick and fun read.

Three Things

  1. Today we took a bunch of clothes in to a local nonprofit resale shop that donates to homeless veterans in my city, which feels so much better than dropping them off at Goodwill. I also took a stack of books to Powell's to sell. Usually they take about 15% of my offerings and I get maybe five bucks store credit, but today they took almost half of my books and I got $33, enough to buy 6 books for my classroom. We also cleaned out kitchen drawers and cabinets and put stuff aside for the annual rummage sale the Latvian society has in April, and we're organizing our climbing boots and snowshoes (but not the camping or hiking gear) for the local mountain club's gear sale next month. Do you see a trend here?
  2. Check out our adorable sub-letter. The kid has named him Jimmy, and he appears to live under a juniper bush in our front yard. 

3. My daughter became vegetarian, then my husband went 90% vegan. Send bacon and cheese.


  1. You're a good mom and wife. I bet it's challenging cooking meals for your whole family, which everyone will enjoy and adheres to the different dietary restrictions. When my daughter was 5, she swore off beef, and still doesn't eat it. As a family of two, it's easy to work with, and I just didn't eat beef, but a vegan diet is a whole different game. Good luck! Jimmy cute! I just call all the rabbits I see "hopsie". I hope you enjoy The Hand on the Wall. I was happy with the wrap up for that series.

  2. I was vegan in college, but I gave it up because it was too hard. Maybe your family’s dietary changes won’t last long? I recently added Talking To Strangers to my TBR after seeing it on a few “Best Books” lists. I’m happy to hear it’s interesting. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  3. I've loved the Truly Devious series! I finished Hand on the Wall a couple of weeks ago. I think it wrapped up the series nicely, but I don't think it was my favorite book of the series. I'm sad to see it end!

  4. I'm so happy you loved the Dreyer's English book (Sadly, I must admit that I am not the person who recommended it to you though I would love taking the credit. I have now requested it from the library.)

    Eight books wipes out any previous period of inactivity, I think. You must stop sharing tiny house books. I thought I'd gotten that out of my system.

    Your New Minimalism book has influenced you in a positive way, I think.

    Have a great week.

  5. Hi Jimmy! Dreyer's English sounds very amusing. Have a great week!


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