Weekly Update for August 14, 2022

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Weekly Update at Introverted Reader

Welcome to my weekly update for August 14, 2022!

This was a quiet week. My husband was on call at work last weekend and really just wanted to relax this weekend.

I planned to read less last week so I could sort through all my Montana pictures (why take one picture when I can take four marginally different photos?) but that didn’t happen. I dropped my phone and cracked it across the camera lens. Luckily I have a protection plan that allowed me to get a replacement but I’ve been transferring everything over and setting that up. I don’t usually mind that task but since I just got this phone in April, I do not find it enjoyable now. *sigh* I’m just thankful I only had to pay a relatively small deductible.

I don’t have any travel photos to share this week so here are pictures of my sister’s two cute doggos and our beautiful farmer’s market bounty.


  • Black Dog Holding Toy
  • Great Pyrenees Dog
  • Farmer's Market Bounty

All images © Jennifer G. at Introverted Reader 2022


Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time, written and read by Rob Sheffield

Dark Waters (Small Spaces #3) by Katherine Arden, read by Renee Dorian

Hilarious Book Titles


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A River Runs Through It and Other Stories by Norman Maclean 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Best Kept Secret (Clifton Chronicles #3) by Jeffrey Archer, read by Alex Jennings 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy’s Guide to the Constitution by Elie Mystal 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Currently Reading:

Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen (A huge thank you to Katie at Doing Dewey! She sent me an ARC when she saw this on my list of anticipated book releases in the latter half of 2022. The book officially releases on August 30.)

20,000 Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne, translated by Anthony Bonner

Tristan Strong Keeps Punching (Tristan Strong #3) by Kwame Mbalia, read by Amir Abdullah

Up Next:

Banned Books Week is on my radar. It seems a bit earlier than usual this year–September 18-24. I usually try to post a review of a banned book or something every day that week. I’ve read at least one book already that will fit the theme but I need to read more. After the attack on Salman Rushdie on Friday, I might read his book, The Satanic Verses. Bringing awareness to banned books seems more important than ever this year. It feels like politicians desperate to get their names in the news keep challenging and removing books by and about minority communities.

What did your week look like?


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  1. I’m so with you about taking multiple, nearly identical pictures and then finding them difficult to choose between! I do a lot of bird photography and so bought a Canon camera body that lets me take quicker shots. That’s great, because birds are fast! But it also means that if I get lucky and a bird sits still, I can take a ton of identical photos very quickly 🙂

  2. I am so excited to see this Sarah Addison Allen book on your list and went straight away to put a hold on Other Birds. Thanks for the heads up. Hope your phone is fixed soon.

  3. Sorry about your phone, and that last week was pretty bad for a lot of people. Blame the stars. I hope the weekend rest with those lovely dogs help(ed) — and also Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen. Hugs!

  4. Yes I’d rather have the dogs and produce than the time fixing something which was working fine. I hope this week will allow you to progress on things!

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

  5. Tristan Strong is one of our favorite series! Always look forward to more from him.
    Love the pics of the cute doggies. Awww.
    It’s terrible about Salman Rushdie. I have plans on reading Midnight’s Children and Satanic Verses this year.
    I hope you have a wonderful week of reading and I hope your phone and photos get put back in place soon!

  6. We are at the tail end of our road trip to Northern CA and I have decent cell service, so I’m hoping to catch up on some blog reading today. We hustled down to Santa Rosa, staying only a night in our campsites, but on this return trip, we’re spending three nights at each, which is much more enjoyable. Travel days are nice, but tiring, as you well know.

    Bummer about your broken phone! Glad you have a protection plan on it, though. So true about taking all those photos. Not only do I use my phone’s camera, but I have my Canon with the zoom lens, which quadruples the pix to cull. That’s one of the things I hope to get to today. I think I shot 200 pix of elk and should narrow it down to a half dozen. Wish me luck!

    Not much reading on this trip, since we’re re-watching Deadwood every night. I want to at least finish 2 or 3 more books for my summer reading challenge, but we’ll see how that goes. I haven’t read anything by Rushdie, but looked at his list of books on Goodreads to see what I might try. The Satanic Verses appeals, but it’s so long! Maybe on audio… Have you tried anything else by him?

    Hope you have a great week, Jen. Any problems with fires/smoke in your area?

  7. Sorry to hear about your phone and glad the cost wasn’t too bad. But oh the work getting things set up again! Book censorship really does seem to be rising, doesn’t it? Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  8. Always nice to go nowhere on a weekend. How annoying to drop your phone and do damage. I am looking forward to the new Sarah Addison Allen book.

  9. Ugh broken phones! I really enjoyed listening to Allow Me To Retort, it was good to get that detailed discussion of the constitution and specific landmark cases. Good idea on Satanic Verses. I’ve never read it-

  10. The attack on Salman Rushdie is crushing. I hope he comes out of it ok eventually though I’m sure it will be a long road.

  11. Mama Makes Up Her Mind! I love Bailey White!! I can hear her voice now!! The dogs are super-cute. Thanks for the reminder of Banned Books Week. I often do a post or even a week of them. I usually choose a banned book to read and review, too.

  12. I’m sorry you dropped your phone and cracked the screen. That’s the worst. I’ve only do it once, but it was sooooo bad, I had to get a new phone that day. Your sister’s dogs are adorable. I hope you have a great week.

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  13. Thank goodness you had the protection program for your phone! But I’m sure it’s a pain to have to transfer everything over.

    Thank you for the reminder about Banned Books Week; I need to start getting some posts ready.

    The attack on Salman Rushdie was horrific and saddening, but not entirely a surprise; he has been under death threats since The Satanic Verses came out in 1988. I remember it well because I was working as a bookseller at the time. He and his family had to go into hiding for several years.

  14. Banned book week is always a jaw clenching time for me too – Much like a woman’s right to choose, people should be able to choose what they want to read. You don’t want to read it, don’t buy it, but don’t tell me I can’t read it. So frustrating. It was not on my radar yet, but now that it is, I’ll look for a couple to read. – Added Other Birds to my TBR.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

  15. Ugh your phone!!! That is awful about your phone!

    What is happening with libraries is terrifying.. A town in Michigan voted to defund their local library over LGBTQ books! They were able to raise money online to keep it going but that money sadly won’t last forever. I am glad you mentioned the dates of banned book week, I want to participate this year!

    And oo a new Sarah Addison Allen!! I love her!

  16. I’ve been horrified by all the attempts at banning books in my state. Headlines in our local paper today say that most of the book banning attempts have been generated by politicians, not parents. Very frustrating.

    I’m sorry about your phone troubles. Thank goodness you had insurance. Unfortunately insurance didn’t cover my phone when it was stolen earlier this year. And of course my phone was almost new, too. I’m sure you will enjoy your new phone!

    And I’m eagerly looking forward to your Montana pictures.

  17. Sorry about your phone. What a pain.

    I can’t wait for The Other Birds!!! It’s been a long time between books.

    Have a great week.

  18. Aw cute doggos! 🙂 And quiet weeks are good sometimes. Hope you’re having a nice weekend.

    Dark Waters looks fun, I need to read that series. I’ve been kind of interested in those for a bit.

    Neat cover on that edition of 20,000 Leagues.

    Greg @ Book Haven

  19. Sorry to hear about your phone. That’s not fun even if it was relatively painless to your wallet. I’m the king of taking lots of pictures. I just never sort through them. 🙂

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