Weekly Update for February 13, 2022

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Welcome to my weekly update for February 13, 2022!

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! Or, if I have any fellow fans of What We Do in the Shadows out there, Happy Superb Owl Sunday! I’m honestly just here for the food but my husband will be watching and vaguely rooting for the Bengals.

I spent a bit of time on Wednesday updating the cover and my mentions of the book George by Alex Gino after Helen at Helen’s Book Blog very kindly pointed out that the publisher and author have officially changed the name. They’re now being publishing it as Melissa. To quote an article from Publisher’s Weekly, “Melissa is the name the character chose for herself at the end of her journey. [Gino] hadn’t intended to imply that a trans person should be called by their former name when they’ve chosen another one.” I remember briefly wondering why the book was entitled George when I read it, so I’m happy to reflect the change here.

I’m a big National Park geek and have a big, fancy National Park Passport book. I love to collect stamps and stickers for it. We were finally warm enough (and actually in Charleston) this weekend to head out to Fort Moultrie National Historical Park. We’ve visited the more (in)famous Fort Sumter before (It’s where South Carolina secessionists fired the first shots of our Civil War). We happened to visit just as a Park volunteer was starting a tour so we jumped on that and learned a lot.


  • Fort Moultrie and Fort Sumter
  • Slave Ship and Shackles
  • Colonel William Moultrie's Grave
  • Osceola's Grave

All images © Jennifer G. at Introverted Reader 2022

  1. Overlooking Fort Moultrie with Fort Sumter on the low island in the left of the frame. The US was using this version of the flag when the current fort was built. It has 15 stars and 15 stripes. The original plan was to add a star and a stripe for every state that entered the Union. Congress eventually decided to cap it at 13 stripes for the original 13 colonies.
  2. The fort was built with the labor of enslaved people “borrowed” from neighboring landowners. The visitor center has a powerful display about the slave trade.
  3. The fort is named after William Moultrie, who was in command of the first fort to be located here during the Revolutionary War. He and his men prevented the British from occupying Charleston. His burial site was lost for over 100 years but eventually found and he was re-interred with military honors at the fort. This is the version of South Carolina’s flag that was in use during his time. It now has a palmetto tree in addition to the crescent moon.
  4. Osceola (as we spell it now) was a Seminole leader who was a key figure in the Second Seminole War. He was captured near St. Augustine, Florida when he tried to parley with a general there. They moved him to Charleston, where he coincidentally died a few months later of a tonsillar abscess.


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Nothing this week, although I am thiiiiis close to finishing my Humboldt book (below).

Currently Reading:

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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë

Wild Rover No More: Being the Last Recorded Account of the Life & Times of Jacky Faber (Bloody Jack #12) by L. A. Meyer, read by Katherine Kellgren

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf

Up Next:

My library briefly offered the digital version of The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story, created by Nikole Hannah-Jones, to everyone at once in honor of Black History Month so I downloaded it. I honestly don’t know how far I’ll get before I have to return it since it’s taking me so long to finish my other books. At least it’s an anthology and should be easy to pick up again if I have to return it before I finish.

What did your week look like?

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  1. I finished a lot of books and audiobooks this week, but didn’t visit any parks! Or spend much time outdoors at all, for that matter. Too much snow on the ground and then more yesterday!

    1. Snow! Yuck! I’ve been complaining about gray skies and cool temps but honestly, this week feels like spring might be around the corner. It’s not here, but it’s coming. We’ve had those complete fluctuations from 73 to 53 and cool and cloudy to warm and rainy. I’m so glad. I hope it arrives in your corner of the world soon!

  2. I have only recently heard of Anne Bronte, but have not read anything by her. We don’t get out enough visiting parks and stuff, thanks for sharing your pictures. I hope you have a great week!

  3. I love the pictures! I don’t know if I still have mine, but I had a National Parks Passport book when I was younger, too. I know I always loved collecting stamps for it, though the majority of mine were West Coast parks.

  4. Nice looking photos. I’ve been to very few national parks and am always interested in seeing more. Nice looking assortment of books too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  5. I think the George/Melissa issue is so very interesting. The author paid such close attention to their character and story then realized they didn’t honor the character. I love that they changed the title and think it’s such a teachable moment.

  6. I hope you are enjoying your time at Fort Moultrie National Historical Park. I hope you are enjoying your current reads. I have always wanted to try The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Have a great week!

  7. Thanks for sharing the pictures! I haven’t been to Charleston in far too long and I’ve never been to Fort Sumter. I’d love to do the National Park Passport. I looked at that a bit ago and was amazed by just how many National Parks there are. Have a wonderful week!

    1. I am amazed by how many national park units there are. We always have ideas for things to do, wherever we go, just based on that list. I’d recommend a visit to Fort Sumter the next time you’re in Charleston. It’s very well done and a beautiful ferry ride out.

  8. What an interesting post today! I’ve visited Charleston briefly a couple of times, but had never heard of Fort Moultrie. We visited Fort Sumter on our first visit, and will visit Ft Moultrie the next time. Had no idea Osceola was buried in SC either.

    Thanks for letting me know that Melissa is the new title of Alex Gino’s book. I have it on my list for Banned Book Week when it rolls around again.

    Glad to know you enjoyed Notes from a Young Black Chef. I do enjoy a foodie lit and plan to get to this eventually. Hope you have a good week, Jen!

    1. Fort Moultrie is a fairly small park but if you’ve already seen Fort Sumter, it’s definitely worth a visit!

      I think you’ll like Notes from a Young Black Chef. I read the Young Adult version for the Cybils Awards but the original was written for adults. I don’t know what the difference is.

  9. I really enjoyed looking at your pictures. Thanks for sharing them.

    The one thing I’ve always been grateful for with my husband is that he’s not into watching sports. It’s nice because my dad always took over the TV growing up to watch whatever game was playing. I hope you enjoy the food and maybe you’ll see some entertaining commercials. 🙂

    My Sunday Post

    1. I don’t mind when my husband watches football. At least it’s mostly one day a week. And it gives me a chance to work on my own projects. If he watched baseball, where they play every night, we might have a problem.

  10. I love the parks too! We have 5 in Utah but they are soooo busy right now. We’re hoping they clear out a bit this year??? maybe. We’d love to make it to some again soon. We’d love to visit out there someday. I need pick the Humboldt book back up soon. I’m getting through two books on audio before I get back to that one. I’ll be looking forward to your thoughts.

    Super Bowl is for food! We have some friends coming over so it’ll make it worth it this year. Yum. And I’ll also be kind of rooting for the Bengals. They look evenly matched so I’m hoping it’s a good game, at least.

    I hope you have a wonderful week!

    1. We’ve been to Bryce and Zion and loved them both. Zion is one of our favorite parks ever. Overcrowding has been a problem at most national parks since the pandemic started. I hope it thins out soon too.

      Humboldt took me much longer than it should have. I did finish it early this afternoon. I may try to get my review scheduled for this week.

      My husband is mostly just hoping for a good game, but since he has family in the Cincinnati area, he’s kind of rooting for the Bengals.

  11. Hi Jen! I always love watching your photos. I don’t know the American History as well as I guess I should, so it’s always interesting to learn new stuff.

    Love your post on your husband’s favorite books – so clever!

    Have a good week ahead!

    Elza Reads

    1. I promise you that you know more about American history than I do about South African history. I tried to write about the fort and fill in gaps for my non-American readers. We can all only hold so much history in our heads!

  12. We were able to get a lifetime national parks pass when we turned 62 (I think), and we have plans to visit as many as we can. The two best books I’ve read recently about the national parks are Subpar Parks and Leave Only Footprints. I’m always on the lookout for good books about the parks.

    I feel like I’ve been waiting and waiting for you to finish the Invention of Nature book. I am wondering if I should read it, and if I would like it if I do.

    Thank you for sharing the photos!

    1. I think you’ll like The Invention of Nature. It was different from what I expected. I finally figured out the seemingly tangential structure of the book toward the end and it all clicked for me. I’ll *try* to post my review this week.

      I really want to read Subpar Parks. Her Instagram feed cracks me up.

  13. Thanks for sharing the pics! I love parks too. Charleston looks like a beautiful city visit and I haven’t been there but it’s definitely a place I’d like to go.

    Hope you guys have a great weekend!

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