Weekly Update for March 20, 2022

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Weekly Update at Introverted Reader

Welcome to my weekly update for March 20, 2022!

We decided to spend last weekend in Columbia, SC. It’s the capital of the state, but–most appealing to me–it’s also next door to Congaree National Park. We’ve visited national parks in Alaska and Hawaii but we’ve never visited this park, located only about three hours away from our home base in Asheville, NC. It wasn’t my favorite park but it was still a nice place to hike. I’m glad we went in March; I can’t imagine the heat and mosquitoes in this swampy area in the summer! Columbia is legendary in the Carolinas for its intense heat and humidity. We also went to the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, the State House grounds, and Sesquicentennial State Park while we were in the area.


  • Congaree National Park
  • Mosquito Meter
  • SC State House

All images © Jennifer G. at Introverted Reader 2022

  1. Congaree National Park. I think I took this picture at Wise Lake.
  2. The mosquito meter at the Congaree visitor center. I don’t know if they actually change the meter with the weather, but it gives a taste of what this hot, wet, humid area can be like.
  3. The South Carolina State House


Nothing posted this week but I’m getting back on track in the upcoming week.


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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman 🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Princess Beard (The Tales of Pell #3) by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne, read by Luke Daniels 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds: 100 New Ways to See the World by Ian Wright 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction by Grady Hendrix 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Currently Reading:

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré, read by Adjoa Andoh

 The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story, created by Nikole Hannah-Jones

The Columbia Anthology of American Poetry, edited by Jay Parini

Up Next:

I need to choose an unfinished classic for the March prompt in the Classics Reading Challenge. I think I might read Sanditon by Jane Austen since I’ve read most of her other works. My in-laws arrive here Thursday for a few days so I’m not sure how much reading I’ll get done. We haven’t seen them since we left Sarasota last June so we’re looking forward to their visit!

What did your week look like?

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  1. Beautiful photos; what a lovely place to visit. I am glad you liked Eleanor Oliphant, it’s a book I loved. And The Girl with the Louding Voice is also excellent. I listened to it and the narrator does a superb job.

  2. We haven’t been to Columbia since our son graduated from basic training. My husband liked visiting as his family lived there for years while his father taught school. Lots of memoires.

    I enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant and the ending was a big surprise. Have not read any of the others you mentioned.
    Surfing in from Sunday Salon 🙂


    1. We had a good time in Columbia! I’m glad we visited in early spring though. It’s so unbearably hot and humid in the summer. We always watch our car’s thermometer rise as we pass through, no matter which direction we’re driving.

  3. I really need to read Under the Whispering Door. I preordered it, but haven’t picked it up yet. Is Paperbacks from Hell a non-fiction book? (I ask because I have had a hard time pinning down Hendrix’s books’ genre in the past.) It certainly sounds like an interesting title, even if I would be too scared to read any of the books written about in it.

    1. Paperbacks from Hell is nonfiction. Hendrix explores a little bit of the current events at the time the books were written, writes about the cover art, and also writes several detailed plot synopses. I know you dislike horror so I wouldn’t recommend this book to you because of all those synopses. I love Hendrix’s work but I would call it all horror, even though I think they have more depth than that label implies.

      I think you’ll like Under the Whispering Door. I liked The House in the Cerulean Sea more but it would be hard for Klune to write something I liked even more than that one. Under the Whispering Door tackles a more difficult subject but still has a lot of heart.

      1. Thanks for the tips. Hendrix’s writing always sounds so interesting, but too horror for me. I wasn’t sure if Paperback From Hell might be less horror and more non-fiction. Oh well.

        I’m looking forward to Under The Whispering Door for sure!

  4. Love the mosquito meter! Your books look interesting too. I hope you find time to read even though you’ll be having guests. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  5. Oh wow, good time to visit the park, you wouldn’t want to go when it was teaming mozzies. Good looking books as usual. Glad you enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant, I loved it on audio.

  6. It’s always enjoyable to hear about your adventures. We went to Riverbanks Zoo over spring break in 2009 I think it was. It was April and there was some pollen which I was sick the whole time, drinking slushies for my sore throat. We loved the zoo though.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

  7. I’m sorry you didn’t like Congaree National Park as much as other parks you’ve visited. I haven’t been to SC, so I don’t know what it’s like. I have been to NC and thought it was beautiful there, other than the oppressive humidity and heat. I live in an arid state so I’m not used to humidity. My state also has a ton of National Parks and they’re all very beautiful.

    My Sunday Post

  8. That mosquito meter is great! We’re pretty lucky to have very few mosquitos here on the coast.

    Eleanor Oliphant is one of my favorites from a few years ago. I can still picture where I was walking while I listened to specific chapters.

    TJ Klune’s books are on my radar. I need to get to the library and check out the first one.

  9. I’d love to visit Congaree National Park. The mosquito meter is hilarious. We need one of those here in most of our parks!

    I’m glad to see that you enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant and Curious Maps. I did, too.

    I hope you have a great week.

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