Saturday, May 16, 2020

Sunday Post #51/Sunday Salon #25

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
It's been two weeks since I posted last, and I've only read four books in that time. I read Glennon Doyle's latest, Untamed, for a book club meeting that never happened. It was fine. Some bits were great, some were boring, and I'm ashamed to say that part of why I read it was to figure out what happened with her marriage, which she'd been discreet about before.

I read The Wild Robot Escapes, which was a let-down compared to the first one. No otters.
IV. English Language Arts, Grade 5
I love those otters!

I read A Good Girl's Guide To Murder, which was a solid YA thriller. I liked the combination of "primary documents" with narration. The "who-done-it" part was sufficiently twisty, but otherwise it was pretty predictable, if that makes any sense.

The only book I really got caught up in was We'll Fly Away. I didn't know anything about it going in, but from the first page you realize that the character is writing from death row, then it jumps back to the "before," so you spend the whole book wondering who he's going to kill. There are plenty of awful people that you can see getting into situations that spiral out of control. Eventually I realized that to be on death row, he can't have just killed one person in self defense, so then I was really worried about him. It isn't devoid of hope, but it's pretty bleak going. It reminded me a lot of The Serpent King with even harder lives. Maybe because that sense of doom was so prevalent, it didn't knock my socks off quite as hard as TSK, but it was gripping and emotional.

We'll Fly Away

What I'm Reading/What's Next
I've been eyeing Death Comes to Pemberly, which I have from the library and Indian No More, which I brought home from school. But I also am tempted to keep reading YA thrillers, like All Our Twisted Secrets or Be Not Far From Me, which I'd have to get online. My student book club chose a British thriller called The Sacrifice Box, so I'll definitely read that, even though it doesn't sound like my type of book. A little too creepy/horrorific.

Three Things
  1. I ran out of gas while driving a car for the first time in my life. My sister borrowed our truck, and we were driving her car, and I neglected to pay attention to the gas gauge. 
I realized what was happening in time to turn onto a road that led to a gas station, and then to coax the coasting car into a parking lot, so I just had to walk .7 miles each way, on a sidewalk, to get the gas. It could have been worse in so many ways.

2. Teachers in my area have been furloughed one day a week starting last week. It will save our districts money without costing us any pay, as unemployment and the CARES act will cover somewhat MORE than our regular paychecks. I've been teaching for 22 (?) years and for the first 18 years worked 60 hour weeks, then worked 50 hour weeks the last four years. That's 10-20 free hours per week for 22 years, not to mention unpaid work in the summer. So I don't feel too guilty, except thinking of the people who have lost their jobs entirely. The unemployment part is doing what it's supposed to do, and the CARES money is meant as stimulus money, so again, there's nothing WRONG with the situation. But it feels weird.

3. Yesterday my daughter and I took part in a bookish trivia event organized by a literacy coach in Pennsylvania who's in a FB group I'm in for reading teachers. There were about 15 teams from her area, plus teams from Maine, Texas, Minnesota, and us in Oregon. Many of the adults were reading teachers, librarians, etc., and the kids were all book enthusiasts.

Reader, we slayed them.

It wasn't even close. We got the first 46 questions right, then missed one about Chrissie Tiegan's cookbook and one about The Bad Seed (picture book--I would've gotten one about the creepy play), but it barely put a dent in our lead. I don't know that we'll be invited back, but we had a great time, and won a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card.

And now it's raining again, and I'm ready for a nap. Hope you have a good week. Stay safe.


  1. All Our Twisted Secrets was ok for me. Part were surprising, but I liked Good Girl's Guide more. I don't have a gas container. I have never run out of gas, because I get too nervous to let my tank go below half full, but I also only get gas about 4-5 times a year. I drive my car so little, and even less now. Glad it wasn't a disaster for you. Trivia, how fun, and you won a gift card - nice.

  2. I just checked out A Good Girl's Guide to Murder and We'll Fly Away from Libby! Can't wait!

  3. Congrats on winning bookish trivia! We’ll Fly Away has an awesome cover. It sounds like a book I’d love. I have a long, funny, and police-filled story about my friend’s car running out of gas when we were in high school. You got a lot luckier than us. I hope you have a good week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  4. No otters??!!! lol

    I have been very close to running out of gas a few times out here. I used to live near so many gas stations in FL but I'm in the middle of nowhere now and really need to pay attention!

    Karen @ For What It's Worth


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