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Welcome to my weekly update for August 15, 2021!
We’ve had a rainy week in Anchorage so we haven’t ventured out much. We did go to the Alaska Botanical Gardens last Saturday. It was small but beautiful!
My husband’s cousin and his wife are flying up from San Diego on Thursday to spend a long weekend with us. We were practically locked down with them last winter when California shut down around Christmas. We had a great time together despite the lockdown so we’re excited to see them! We’ve got some big plans! Hopefully the weather cooperates.
Botanical Garden Slideshow
All images © Jennifer G. at Introverted Reader 2021
- General View
- The cabbage and vine (not sure what it is) are actually planted in the truck bed!
- My husband was proud of his bumblebee pictures. They sure loved this comfrey! (I think it’s comfrey)
- A pair of magpies made from locally sourced materials. One is white, representing light/day and the other is black, representing dark/night. You can read more about them on The Myth Makers’ website.
- Monkshood, which, along with fireweed, seems to grow everywhere in Alaska. Isn’t that a perfect name?
Stormsong (The Kingston Cycle #2) by C. L. Polk–3.5 Stars
A Cold Day for Murder (Kate Shugak #1) by Dana Stabenow–3 Stars
I read a lot of novellas and graphic novels last week, so this isn’t as many pages as you might think.
Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison, read by Sophie Amoss
The Night Masquerade (Binti #3) by Nnedi Okorafor
Arabian Nights (and Days) (Fables #7) by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, et al.
All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells
Harriet the Invincible (Hamster Princess #1) by Ursula Vernon
Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen by Mary Sharratt
The Giver (Giver Quartet #1) by Lois Lowry, read by Ron Rifkin
I realized that Banned Books Week is only six weeks away (September 26 – October 2). I try to review banned books every day that week. Last year I procrastinated so I reviewed a lot of picture books and middle grade books. I’m trying to be better prepared this year. That’s why I’m currently listening to The Giver. But I also checked out The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger from the library on Thursday. Added bonus: they’re both on my Classics Club list.
What did your week look like?