Weekly Update for August 6, 2023

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Weekly Update at Introverted Reader

Welcome to my weekly update for August 6, 2023!

I don’t have any trips to write about this week so I’m going to post a plug for one of my friends instead.

I’ve known Jessica Zellers since high school, when we were in band together. She recently launched her own editing company, Blue Legend Manuscript Services. She worked as a librarian for years (I love reading her insightful weekly book talks) but it was time for a change. She offers editing, indexing, and coaching. If you or someone you know needs help with any of those tasks, I hope you’ll get in touch with her! She’s an outstanding person, editor, and writer. You can find her at bluemanuscript.com but I’ll also keep a link to her website in my sidebar for easy reference.


    The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian: Book Review 🌟🌟🌟🌟

    Enter the Detective (Ruse #1) by Mark Waid, illustrated by Butch Guice: Book Review 🌟🌟🌟🌟


    Blitz (The Checquy Files #3) by Daniel O’Malley, read by Moira Quirk 🌟🌟🌟

    Currently Reading:

    The Dragon Book, edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois

    Devolution by Max Brooks, read by a full cast (Link to my review)–This is a re-listen for me. I thought my husband would enjoy it so we’ve been listening as we take some road trips around the area.

    The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams

    Up Next:

    I’m not sure, honestly.

    What did your week look like?


    Deb Nance at Readerbuzz hosts The Sunday Salon and Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts Sunday Post. Kathryn at Book Date hosts It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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    1. Thank you for sharing information about your friend who offers editing services.

      I’m very interested in reading The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks. I read another book by the same author when we were in Utah, and it was fascinating.

      I’m so glad to see you posting again, Jen.

    2. I’ve been missing your posts lately, or maybe I just haven’t been keeping up with blog visits very well!
      I loved Double Bind on audio when I listened to it a long time ago!
      I wish I needed an editor! I can’t get a first draft done!

    3. Interesting assortment of books. I set up my September calendar recently and thus know what I should be reading. Whether I do or not will depend partially on my mood. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

      1. It’s been on my TBR for years and years. I don’t even remember how it came to my attention. I haven’t been able to find it but I have a list of books that I look for at the library as we move around the country and I hit pay dirt this time!

    4. I’ll let my husband know about Jessica’s manuscript services. He’s writing another book and might need someone to do the indexing, although his publisher might do that. Either way, I’ll pass her info on to him.

    5. I have only read one book by Bohjalian — I did hear a book talk by him at a book fair once, where I was a volunteer and it was my job to drive him to the airport. Not an especially memorable conversation, but then he sent me a thank you for something that didn’t happen when I was driving him, and I realized how confusing it must be for an author to meet and interact with a constant cascade of volunteers!
      best, mae at maefood.blogspot.com

    6. Thanks for sharing your books, I haven’t heard of any of them. And good luck to your friend and her new editing company!

    7. That’s an interesting mix of books. I am reading The Island of Missing Trees, my first book by Elif Shavak, and loving it, although it’s terribly sad as it concerns civil war on the beautiful island of Cyprus. We need to know about these painful histories, but I wonder when we will actually come to the point of healing them. Maybe we just need to accept that the pain is part of who we are. Sorry, but that’s what sprang to mind this week!

      I wish your friend all the best with her business. I will certainly keep her in mind.

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