Weekly Update for October 24, 2021

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Weekly Update at Introverted Reader

Welcome to my weekly update for October 24, 2021!

The past few weeks have been such a whirlwind of packing, unpacking, packing again, and seeing all our friends and family that we’ve basically just relaxed around our camper as much as we could this past week. We took our bikes out for a 19-mile ride on a greenway today but neither of us stopped to take pictures. The first (and last) few miles were through land typical of the coastal Carolinas, with tufts of grass, tidal flats, and lots of hunting egrets and herons. It was a gorgeous ride!


Bookish Resources

Ten Bookish Resources


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From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement by Paula Yoo–4 Stars

In the Shadow of the Moon: America, Russia, and the Hidden History of the Space Race by Amy Cherrix–4 Stars

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix–4 Stars

Strange Planet (Strange Planet #1) by Nathan W. Pyle–4 Stars

Book Love by Debbie Tung–4 Stars

The Necromancer’s House by Christopher Buehlman, read by Todd Haberkorn–3.5 Stars

Currently Reading:

Last Witnesses (Adapted for Young Adults) by Svetlana Alexievich, translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks, read by a full cast


Muppets Haunted Mansion

Muppets Haunted Mansion on Disney Plus–I can read most horror all day (or night) long but I can’t watch many horror movies. So kid’s Halloween movies it is! This was about an hour long and had some cute musical numbers and surprise guest appearances. I think it should be fun for the whole family.

Up Next:

I’m still immersed in High School Nonfiction nominations for the Cybils Awards. I’ve read some great books so far! I also have a few more graphic novels checked out from the library. Oh, and I’ve checked out the audio version of Dead Voices (Small Spaces #2) by Katherine Arden.

What did your week look like?

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  1. Your bike ride sounds delicious. Getting out like that on a long trek is the best.

    I’m interested in The Last Witnesses, so I’ll check back to see what you thought about it.

  2. You are getting some great reading done and I love that judging for CYBILS exposes us to new reads. I look forward to seeing what finalists you all choose.

  3. I can’t remember the last time I rode my bike 20 miles. I miss going for long rides, but the Oregon coast is not the safest place to ride. We had so many trails in Nebraska and I got very spoiled. Your ride sounds heavenly!

    1. It’s probably too far away from you, but we liked the Banks-Vernonia Bike Trail in Oregon. My knees were bothering me that day so we didn’t ride the whole thing but it was a beautiful ride through the woods. It wasn’t flat by any means but it wasn’t bad, at least the part that we rode.

      1. It is a little ways away from us, but if we ever decide to camp at the L.L. Stub Stewart State Park, we could hit the bike trail one day. Or I should say, I could. My husband’s biking days are over. After falling and breaking his shoulder (which required shoulder replacement surgery), he has no interest in ever riding again. 🙁 Thanks for the tip, though! I may get up there someday. We did ride on the Minto-Brown Island Park trail near Salem a few years ago and that was fun. I’ve also ridden out to the lighthouse when we’ve camped at Bullard’s Beach SP near Bandon. I just wish there were trails nearby, and I do see a lot of people riding on Hwy 101, but that’s too scary for me. Too many tourists and logging trucks and no bike lane!

  4. That sounds like you had an awesome ride with great views, and 19 miles? Good job!

    Looks like you’ve been reading a lot of good books!

  5. Sounds like you’re enjoying being back in the Carolinas! Nothing like spending time with old friends and family… and a long bike ride sounds pretty wonderful, too!

    I just added Book Love to my list… and can download it from my library via hoopla.

  6. I’m the same way; I read horror fiction, but don’t watch many horror movies. Glad you had a week to relax! I did a lot of stuff this weekend but didn’t take any pictures. Sometimes it’s nice to live in the moment, although I do like to have photo memories crop up later.
    I haven’t read any of your current reads, although I started World War Z on audio at least once. I tend to like zombie books, but for some reason, I couldn’t get into WWZ.

    1. I listened to and loved Brooks’s Devolution last year. I watched WWZ not long after it came out and it kind of freaked me out (the zombie who kept clicking his teeth did me in). But listening to WWZ is a little…dull. All of the action is in the past so it’s not grabbing me. I can see why you didn’t get into it. It’s short so I’m sticking with it though.

  7. Nineteen miles? I’m glad the scenery was great. I don’t read much horror being way too suggestible. The Muppets would be about my speed. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  8. I bet you are happy to be so close to family and friends. It’s great that you are able to see everyone after being away for so long.

    I thought Strange Planet was fun. I think the sequel is Stranger Planet.

    I’m eager to hear more about your Cybils reading and your graphic novels reading.

    1. Strange Planet was a lot of fun. My poor husband was trying to watch a football game and I kept giggling and shoving the book in his face. “This is so me.” He was a good sport and looked at everything… during commercial breaks. 😀

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