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Welcome to my weekly update for September 20, 2020!
We finally got rain in Portland on Friday! Woohoo! Air quality has improved a lot. We’ve still got an air quality warning in place as I write this but our numbers on the Weather Channel app have dropped from 535 on Tuesday (I think that was the day I took the screenshot) to 32 today (Saturday). I believe anything over 150 is considered dangerous. I took a screenshot of a Facebook post from a local news station, KATU, showing the unbelievable difference (Photos are theirs, not mine). That said, I’ve barely left our RV this week. The smoke gave me daily headaches even then. Hopefully this rain will help firefighters with their efforts.
Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan–5 Stars–This Newbery Medal Nominee was a powerful look at the way music brings us together. It also emphasizes the idea that people of all races and cultures have far more similarities than differences. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this middle-grade book to readers of any age. The audiobook is amazing, with musical excerpts incorporated in a way that enhances, rather than distracts from, the story.
Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles–2 Stars–Too much description, too many unanswered questions, and too little forward progress in the plot bogged this debut novel down for me. While I appreciate the strong female lead and the unique concept, I won’t be continuing this duology.
Beverly Cleary Walking Tour of Portland, Oregon–Several weeks ago, before the wildfires sent us all indoors, my husband and I embarked on a walking tour of Portland based on sites from beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary’s life. The map, supplied by the local Multnomah County Library System, also sent us to locations used in scenes from her books, particularly those featuring Ramona, Beezus, Henry, and Ribsy. It was so much fun to see these places that have been familiar to me since childhood!
Top Ten Book Covers on My Overdrive Wish List–I skewed heavily toward fantasy when I chose these covers but I also included a couple of historical fiction novels.
Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles
The Second Sleep by Robert Harris, read by Roy McMillan
Fable by Adrienne Young
Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary
Hole in the Sky by William Kittredge
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson, translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles, read by Peter Kenny
On Hold for Now:
Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen–I ran out of time on this library check-out so I’m on the waiting list again.
The Boys on Amazon Prime (I’m not an Amazon affiliate)–There is an incredible amount of violence and language in this show but my husband and I like it nevertheless. Who would stand up to superheroes if they started to be less hero-ish? And what would capitalism + superheroes look like? We’ve just started season 2.
I downloaded My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix but I’m hesitating over starting it in case one of my library holds opens up again. I passed on my turn for about five books last week.
What did your week look like?