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Welcome to my weekly update for November 7, 2021!
Last week I asked if you thought I should attend YALLfest, a young adult book festival, even as an adult reader, and you all agreed that I should. I’m looking at the festival schedule now and figuring out which panels I’d like to attend. But I noticed that there are virtual events and giveaways every day this week leading up to the in-person festival! Check out the links if you’d like to know more!
Last Saturday, my husband and I decided to visit Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. I thought hard about this and debated whether it was a…socially conscious?…thing to do. I obviously decided that I was okay with it but only if we toured the slave quarters too. The slavery tour was a powerful experience, even if there were things I thought our White guide could have addressed better (telling me repeatedly that Brazil “imported” millions more Africans than the United States doesn’t change the fact that we enslaved people for hundreds of years). The other guide I saw was Black so I’m curious if her tour would have been different. The gardens were beautiful, even this late in the season.
We also went to Folly Beach a couple more times.
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- Bridge and Statue by a pond
- Fall decorations
- Live oak with Spanish moss
- A tree on Folly Beach draped in seashells
- Underside of a butterfly’s wings. I think it’s a Gulf Fritillary. There were so many passing through Folly Beach last weekend!
- Dunes at Folly Beach
World War Z by Max Brooks, read by a full cast
The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang–5 Stars
Giant Days Volume Four by John Allison et al.–4 Stars
The Gathering (Shadow House #1) by Dan Poblocki, read by Dan Bittner–3 Stars
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks (Young Readers’ Edition) by Jeanne Theoharis, adapted by Brandy Colbert and the author
How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith, read by the author
A Quiet Place Part II–We liked A Quiet Place so the sequel seemed like a good option. I can’t even tell you which one of us looked more tense as we watched! I caught myself watching with my hand over my mouth a lot, to make sure I didn’t make a noise as I jumped. My husband looked much the same way when I glanced at him! There were a few plot/logic holes but it was still good if you like tense, jumpy movies.
I’m continuing to read high school nonfiction nominations for the Cybils Awards. I’ll also be posting about fiction/nonfiction book pairings for week two of Nonfiction November.
What did your week look like?