Weekly Update for September 12, 2021

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Weekly Update at Introverted Reader

Welcome to my weekly update for September 12, 2021!

My husband and I shared a wonderful week with my sister. She flew home last night. We did realize that a lot of tours and excursions end on Labor Day in Alaska, so I don’t think she was able to visit as many places as she would have liked. But we did take a cruise around Kenai Fjords National Park, take her to the Alaska SeaLife Center, hike quite a bit, and revisit some of my favorite places like The Musk Ox Farm and the Reindeer Farm.


  • Tufted Puffin at the Alaska Sea Life Center
  • The town of Seward from across Resurrection Bay
  • Eklutna Lake in Fall
  • Crow Pass in Fall

All images copyright © Jennifer G. at Introverted Reader 2021

  1. A tufted puffin at the Alaska SeaLife Center
  2. The town of Seward as seen from across Resurrection Bay (See that mountain in the middle? That’s Mount Marathon. Racers run up and down that beast in “the toughest 5K on the planet” every 4th of July. I wouldn’t even consider hiking something that vertical, much less running it. Alaskans are a different breed of tough, that’s for sure.)
  3. Eklutna Lake is actually a gorgeous milky blue color but on this still morning, the fall colors reflected so vibrantly, it was impossible to see the color of the water. It’s beautiful either way.
  4. Fall color at Crow Pass


Nothing posted last week.


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Reticence (The Custard Protocol #4) by Gail Carriger, read by Moira Quirk

Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangeo, & Me by Ellen Forney

The Broken Circle: A Memoir of Escaping Afghanistan by Enjeela Ahmadi-Miller with John DeSimone

Currently Reading:

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende, translated by Magda Bogin

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker

Up Next:

I got behind on my reading challenges that have monthly prompts in August but I’m getting back on track. I do need to find a book set in Africa though. I’ll probably check out Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe since it’s also on my Classics Club list. That might not happen this week because Isabel Allende’s work can slow down my normal reading pace. I’ll also check out a fun audiobook but I haven’t decided which title yet.

What did your week look like?

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  1. Alaska seems so exotic to me! I’m glad you had a good visit with your sister. I really need to read The House of the Spirits. I thought at first I already had, but now I don’t think so.

  2. Thank you, Jen, for sharing the photos. You are amid great beauty few have seen. Alaska is a stunning place.

    I bet a lot of things do shut down in Alaska after Labor Day. I wonder when snow starts falling.

    Broken Circle is a book I’d like to read. I hope I can find it.

    1. I got Broken Circle free on my Kindle with Prime Reads so you should be able to get it on Amazon.

      We leave Alaska in a couple of weeks and everyone at my husband’s job says we’re leaving right around time that the snow will start falling. We’re seeing it fall and melt on the high mountaintops around us already.

  3. I’m glad you had such a good week with our sister! How long will you stay in Alaska? As always, your photos are gorgeous… I just love puffins! I’ll be curious to hear what you think of HIdden Valley Road. I keep moving that book on and off my tbr list.

  4. Things Fall Apart is a good choice, especially if it also counts for your Classics challenge. I thought Hidden Valley Road was quite interesting though the chapters on the science were a bit much for me; I liked the family chapters better.

    1. I’ve just barely made it past the prologue at this point so I haven’t even gotten to a science bit yet. I tend to like the science behind things as long as it’s written in an interesting style and not all dry and boring though.

  5. More great photos! It’s hard to believe but shouldn’t be that fall weather is already happening there. We’re going to have more 90s ugh. I want that weather to get going on my projects.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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