Weekly Update for January 30, 2022

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Weekly Update at Introverted Reader

Welcome to my weekly update for January 30, 2022!

My mom loves reading all of your comments on my blog and she thanks you for the birthday wishes last week. She asked me to post this picture that summarizes how we deal with snow/ice in the south. Pay attention to the headline on the bottom. Bless our hearts!

Headline from WCIV Salt Trucks Stuck on I-26


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I’d like to report something here but I didn’t finish any books this week. I’m going to link to some poems I enjoyed from The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, edited by Caroline Kennedy

Sea-Fever” by John Masefield–Can’t you picture the ocean on a wild, blustery day as you read this?

Portrait by a Neighbor” by Edna St. Vincent Millay–I think I would be friends with this free spirit.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost–Most of you are probably familiar with this one but it seems appropriate for a re-read at the end of January.

Currently Reading:

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs

The Feast of Roses by Indu Sundaresan, read by Sneha Mathan

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

Up Next:

I checked out Women in Science: Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky on my last trip to the library so I’ll start it next.

I have one cabinet in our RV where I tuck away all my projects, stationery, etc. Digging through it today, I realized that I have about ten books stashed away that I need to read! I knew they were there but out of sight, out of mind, at least for me. I dragged them out into the daylight so I can start making my way through them. Longer books sometimes call to me in the winter months so Fire & Blood (A Targaryen History #1) by George R. R. Martin is appealing to me right now. I may change my mind by the time I finish my library books though.

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. I can drive in the little bit of snow we usually get as long as I’m in my trusty Subaru. But I’m not very happy about it. I totaled one of my trusty Subarus on black ice one time so I’ve been a white-knuckle driver in the snow ever since (Luckily I walked away just fine).

  1. I have two hassock/footrests with storage inside. My husband got them as a place for me to store books that I’m not ready to put on the bookshelves because I might decide to read them at any moment! I tend to forget about my NetGalley e-ARCs and I started reading one this week from that stash.
    We got two feet of snow on Saturday, and the drifting was incredible. There were six inches under the vehicles in the driveway, although they had been parked there before the snow started falling. Luckily we didn’t have to drive anywhere until today.

    1. I saw pictures of your snow on Instagram. Wow! That would shut us down for over a week!

      Using the storage ottomans for books sounds like a good idea. My husband was just looking at all the books I brought out of hiding and commenting on what a big stack I have. I keep blankets in my ottomans that I use every evening so I know that I would see the books regularly…. That might work!

      I only have some Amazon freebies on my Kindle so I don’t worry about those too much since they don’t take up physical space. I read my downloaded ebooks from the library right away so I’m actually in good shape there.

  2. I sympathize with you about snow in the South. At least here in the North we are used to it and have the equipment to handle it. My print TBR pile is right out front and hard to ignore. It is Kindle books that get lost in the shuffle when I’m looking for something to read. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    1. Snow and ice is rare in Charleston, so I hope we’re done with it! My husband and I travel with his job and try to stay in good weather. We miscalculated this year!

      I just started reading some poetry as I start my day this year. Along with my daily song from Year of Wonder, it gives me a positive outlook for the day.

  3. So a bit of icy and snowy weather. We never even get snow like that where I live. Probably a good thing. Sounds like you have quite a bit of reading going on, it is easy to have books go off the radar!

  4. Last year I put together a collage of ebooks and audiobooks to remind me of what I have and need to read. It has been very helpful!

    I’m just about to finish Hamnet (in print) and recently started Such A Fun Age (on audio). I’m loving Hamnet, but the other isn’t impressing me, so far.

    Pretty ironic about those salt trucks! I’ll bet the drivers felt embarrassed.

    1. My stash is small enough to sit on our over-cab bunk, where it stares at me every day. But I haven’t even started one book yet and, in fact, added one yesterday! I just happened to remember that I desperately want a signed copy of When Ghosts Come Home by Wiley Cash and stopped by my bookstore at home to pick one up (The author is local).

  5. That’s funny! I almost wish the snowy weather would shut everything down here too ha ha, but we still
    have to go out and drive in it!

    Circe I still need to read.

    Good luck with Fire and Blood! It was good but it’s a chunkster!

    1. We would be better off if everything would just close but all the employers still expect us to show up. This is what happens. Luckily our winter weather has rolled in on the weekends so most people have been able to stay in.

      Fire and Blood is a monster!

  6. The south just does not have (or often need) the right equipment to deal with the weather and it just shuts down. Plus drivers don’t have enough experience. I could drive it in my sleep after all those MN years. Enjoy your new found reads!

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

  7. You have got to love the irony of a salt truck being stuck in the ice. I know it happens more than people realize, but it’s still funny! Other than that, it looks like you had a great reading week.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

  8. I love that the salt trucks were stuck in the ice. Ah, the irony.

    I am like you in that when I don’t see something, I forget about it. I’ve learned that important things need to be out in the open.

    1. The Twentieth Wife was really good. It was probably one of my top twelve books last year but didn’t quite crack the top ten. I especially liked Sneha Mathan’s narration. She just has a beautiful voice. I hope you decide to give it a try!

  9. i try to keep physical books front and center and work my through them whether they are for review or not, but the kindle books are the ones that seem to get lost in the shuffle
    sherry @ fundinmental

  10. I’m making my way through a couple of big nonfiction books and I just got a copy of the book that won this year’s Newbery. I forgot that February is coming up and I need to start thinking about what I want to read for that month.

    We do not do snow or ice in the South. I would be terrified to drive in it. The roads would be a mess. Now hurricanes I can handle…

    I can’t wait to hear what you think about The Invention of Nature. If you like it, I’ll probably add it to my nonfiction reading this year.

    1. Is that The Last Cuentista? That looks so good! I’ll look forward to hearing what you think of it.

      Being from the mountains of North Carolina, I’m not happy with hurricanes either. I have a very limited range of comfort when it comes to the weather. 😀

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