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Welcome to my weekly update for April 4, 2021!
Happy Easter to all who celebrate!
I got my first COVID vaccine on Wednesday! I truly thought it would be summer before I was eligible but Florida opened up to everyone age 40+ so I jumped at the opportunity. Florida’s law requiring that I prove seasonal residency had me a bit worried but my husband’s work contract, hospital ID badge, and our housing receipts were enough to get me in. What a huge relief! As I write this on Friday morning, my only complaint so far is a sore arm and I really only notice that when I’m reaching above my head into our kitchen cabinets.
For your viewing pleasure this week, I present what I believe is a calico crab on Siesta Key. Please correct me if I’m wrong. I’m not sure if it was alive but I thought I saw movement in its eye/mouth area.
The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael W. Twitty–3 Stars
Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver, written and read by Jill Heinerth–4 Stars
Ten Places in Books Where I’d Like to Live Hint: They’re all fantasy worlds.
Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran–4 Stars. The pacing was a bit off for me but I enjoyed learning about Queen Lakshmi, “India’s Joan of Arc.” I expected to learn about her conflict with the British who were taking over her country. That part happened very quickly, with the book focusing instead on Sita (one of the queen’s female guards), Sita’s path to the palace, and her impressions and conflicts when she first arrived. It was still an enjoyable book though.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, read by Kirsten Potter–4 Stars. I didn’t realize that this was a pandemic novel when I started it and thought I might have to return it to the library unfinished. Luckily, the actual pandemic wasn’t the focus; it was more about life twenty years later and the surprising connections we all share if we just look hard enough. I enjoyed Ms. Potter’s narration and will seek out more of her work.
Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore–4 Stars. Isn’t that cover gorgeous? I really like the Graceling novels but I somehow overlooked the fact that I haven’t read the third book in the series and jumped straight into this one, the fourth! Oops. I understood what was going on well enough. It was fun to read about a new country that relies more on technology than magic, even while harboring telepathic animals. One character felt like a deus ex machina, which I personally interpret as a weakness in the plot, but this was otherwise an absorbing read, full of political intrigue and family drama.
Skin Tight by Carl Hiaasen, read by George K. Wilson–3 Stars. When in Florida, you might as well read Hiaasen, right? Beginning with retired investigator Mick Stranahan killing a hitman by stabbing him with a stuffed marlin’s “sword,” the book only got more bizarre from there. The absurd twists and turns in this over-the-top crime novel were pretty funny but the almost-relentless objectification of women got old quickly. I probably won’t read more by this author. I did enjoy George K. Wilson’s narration though.
Thanks for all the recommendations for books set on a train last week! I’ll probably start on one of those.
What did your week look like?