Weekly Update for September 5, 2021

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Weekly Update at Introverted Reader

Welcome to my weekly update for September 5, 2021!

My sister arrives for a weeklong visit this evening (Friday)! I’m so excited to see her! We don’t have many specific plans but we are going to leave tomorrow to spend the weekend in Seward. She asked to do a sightseeing cruise and to visit the Sea Life Center. Other than that, we’ll just play it by ear. She likes hiking, aquariums, zoos, gardens, and museums, which is all the same stuff I enjoy doing, so we’ll fit in some or all of the above.

Last weekend my husband and I noticed “termination dust” on the mountains–the first snowfall of the season. There may have been earlier snow up there that we didn’t notice though. It melted as the day passed but it definitely feels like fall here. We haven’t had any snow down near sea level in Anchorage yet and that’s just fine by me.

We went for a drive Sunday on Hatcher Pass and then hiked to Gold Cord Lake. What a beautiful area! Several people have mentioned Hatcher Pass to us but we read that it was a gravel road so we’ve been hesitant; we’re driving a tiny, low car that I affectionately call “Matchbox Car.” We didn’t want to drive over any nasty potholes and damage anything. But the road was paved for about 19 miles! All that worrying over nothing. By the time we finished our hike, we decided we should head back to town for dinner, so we never even drove onto the gravel.

Oh, and the deadline to apply to be a judge for the Cybils Awards has been extended to September 10. If you review books for children and/or young adults, you should consider applying!


  • Gold Cord Lake
  • East Fork of Fishhook Creek
  • Little Susitna River
  • Dusk Light on the Mountains behind Palmer, Alaska

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  1. Gold Cord Lake–The reflection hides the clear turquoise of the water, but it was beautiful
  2. East Fork of Fishhook Creek
  3. Little Susitna River
  4. Dusk Light on the Mountains behind Palmer, Alaska


Nothing since last week.


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Enter the Detective (Ruse #1) by Mark Waid et al.

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

Once Upon an Eskimo Time by Edna Wilder

Currently Reading:

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

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

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


Sweet Tooth Season 1 Poster

Sweet Tooth on Netflix–I’ve never even heard of this comic but we enjoyed this new series. It’s set in an immediately post-pandemic world, where there aren’t very many people left alive at all. Some viewers might need a little more distance from our own pandemic before they watch it. But the performances are fantastic and we watched the first season pretty quickly (I’m not a binger). Sweet Tooth, the main character, irritated us sometimes with his propensity for doing the exact wrong thing at the worst possible time, but we decided to chalk it up to his naivete. Netflix has already announced that there will be a season two.

Up Next:

I probably won’t start anything new this week since my sister is in town.

What did your week look like?

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  1. Ooh, Sweet Tooth sounds good! We were looking for something after we finally finished iZombie. (Which also was somewhat pandemic-related, albeit a zombie virus pandemic.) We started High Seas, which I guess was suggested to us by NetFlix, and are hooked on it now — it’s sort of a telenovela mystery set on a luxury ocean liner just after WWII, Spanish dubbed into English.
    Enjoy your sister’s visit! We had a few days with our out-of-state daughter this past week which was nice.

  2. I bet you are excited about your sister’s visit. I hope you both have a great time together.

    Wow. Snowing up in the mountains already? That’s crazy. I’m glad you are already getting some fall there.

    I’d love to see the Little Susitna River in person. Beautiful.

    The Broken Circle sounds like a fascinating read. I look forward to hearing more.

  3. Enjoy your time with your sister! Sounds like you both like the same kinds of things to do. Seeing your Gail Carriger book reminds me that I need to catch up on her series. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  4. I’ve never thought of snow as termination dust. But it does make sense. I hope you enjoy your sister’s visit, and get to see (and share) more wonderful parts of Alaska.

  5. I hope you’re having a wonderful time with your sister! The activities that you have planned sound really fun. And, it probably doesn’t even matter what you do, just that you are together.

  6. Interesting that you mention Hatcher Pass. I’ve been watching a RV travel channel on YouTube (Less Junk More Journey) and they mentioned Hatcher Pass. I’m not sure we’ll go, but it looks beautiful. Speaking of Alaska, have you seen any of the Northern Lights yet? We won’t be there during the right season, but who knows. We may return another time.

    We’ll check out Sweet Tooth later this month, maybe. Thanks for the rec.

  7. I’ve heard Sweet Tooth is really good. I need to check it out. I also think I’ll try to do the Cybils judge thing next year. I’ll try to block out time in my schedule for it. Oh, snow. I’m so ready for cold weather. As much as I love fall weather too, I’m just tired of the heat and am ready to be cold instead! lol Hope you have a good week!
    Lisa Loves Literature

  8. I remember liking Catcher in the Rye in high school, but found Holden insufferable when I tried to read it as an adult… I must be getting old! Sounds like you are really making the most of your time in Alaska. How long will you stay there? The photos are gorgeous. Enjoy the time with your sister!

  9. I am rather jealous of those beautiful views you’ve been enjoying on your hiking adventures with your husband. My week in comparison has been rather dull, as I returned to work on Wednesday with two full days of training, which left me with little time or energy for much else! Take care, happy reading and I hope your enjoy your time with your sister. 😃

  10. I think it’s so cool you guys go to such interesting places! It’s fun hearing about Alaska. 🙂 Hope your sister’s visit is a great one! The hiking must be amazing there.

    Happy Labor Day!!!!

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