Wednesday morning felt different after a restless, silent, very dark night.
We had lost power at 3 PM the day before as Southern California was slammed with extremely high winds, and we had no idea how long we’d be without it. It was obvious that I wouldn’t be working remotely that morning, though. As it happened, we were powerless for a total of roughly 21 hours. And we were without cable, internet, and WiFi for a couple of hours longer
You’d think we would be pretty accustomed to feeling isolated by now. California began its COVID lockdown ten months ago(!!). That said, the connections provided by technology have been taking the edge off that isolation. Being cut off from that takes it to a whole other miserable level.
But as winds of change blew on January 20th, I felt reconnected…and not so miserable.
I finished two books this week and continued my experiment with mini-reviews on Instagram. It’s been hard to shake the idea that I need to have 250-300 words to say about a book (Writing paid reviews for Shelf Awareness ingrained that.) Here’s the awful truth, though: sometimes I just don’t. And it’s kind of nice not to push for that when I’m not feeling it.
I broke one of the cardinal rules with The Queen’s Gambit–I watched the Netflix adaptation before reading the book. To be fair, I hadn’t even known it was a book first. It’s not a novel that would not have been on my radar when it was first published (1983). It isn’t one I’ve heard talked about much since. But I started reading the source material just days after watching the seven-hour TV series, and I […]
I received this book for review consideration from the publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers. All opinions are my own. The Devil and Webster Written by Jean Hanff Korelitz Published by Grand Central Publishing on March 21st 2017 ISBN: 9781455592388 Genres: Fiction, Literary, Contemporary Women, Family Life Format: ARC Pages: 368 Source: publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers From the New York Times bestselling author of You Should Have Known and Admission, a twisty new […]
I received this book for review consideration from the publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers. All opinions are my own. Setting Free the Kites Written by Alex George Published by Penguin on February 21st 2017 ISBN: 9780399162107 Genres: Fiction, Literary Format: ARC Pages: 336 Source: publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers From the author of the “lyrical and compelling” (USA Today) novel A Good American comes a powerful story of two friends and the unintended […]
The Mothers Written by Brit Bennett Audiobook read by Adenrele Ojo Published by Penguin on October 11th 2016 ISBN: 9780399184536 Genres: Fiction, Literary Format: audiobook Pages: 288 Source: purchased Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett’s mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret. “All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we’d taken a moment to […]
I received this book for review consideration from the publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers. All opinions are my own. This Is Not Over Written by Holly Brown Published by William Morrow, HarperCollins on January 17th 2017 ISBN: 9780062456830 Genres: Fiction, Suspense Format: ARC Pages: 400 Source: publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers When 30-year-old Dawn reads Miranda’s email, she sees red. People have always told Dawn she’s beautiful, and she just hopes they don’t […]
This Is the Story of You Written by Beth Kephart Published by Chronicle Books on April 12th 2016 ISBN: 9781452142845 Genres: Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, General Format: ebook Pages: 264 Source: purchased On Haven, a six-mile long, half-mile-wide stretch of barrier island, Mira Banul and her Year-Rounder friends have proudly risen to every challenge. But then a superstorm defies all predictions and devastates the island, upending all logic and stranding Mira’s mother and brother on […]
We Are Unprepared Written by Meg Little Reilly Published by Mira Books on August 30th 2016 ISBN: 9780778319436 Genres: Fiction, Literary Format: ARC Pages: 368 Source: publisher Meg Little Reilly places a young couple in harm’s way—both literally and emotionally—as they face a cataclysmic storm that threatens to decimate their Vermont town, and the Eastern Seaboard in her penetrating debut novel, WE ARE UNPREPARED. Ash and Pia move from hipster Brooklyn to rustic Vermont in […]
When She Woke Written by Hillary Jordan Published by Algonquin Books on 2012 ISBN: 9781616201937 Genres: Fiction, General, Dystopian Format: ebook Pages: 354 Source: purchased Bellwether Prize winner Hillary Jordan’s provocative new novel, When She Woke, tells the story of a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of a not-too-distant future, where the line between church and state has been eradicated and convicted felons are no longer imprisoned and rehabilitated but chromedÑtheir skin color […]
Burn Baby Burn Written by Meg Medina Published by Candlewick Press on March 8th 2016 ISBN: 9780763679989 Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, General Format: ebook Pages: 320 Nora Lopez is seventeen during the infamous New York summer of 1977, when the city is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam who shoots young women on the streets. Nora’s family life isn’t going so well either: her bullying brother, Hector, […]
The Wangs vs. the World Written by Jade Chang Audiobook read by Nancy Wu Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on October 4th 2016 ISBN: 9780544734203 Genres: Fiction, Literary, Asian American Format: audiobook Pages: 336 Source: purchased THE WANGS VS. THE WORLD is an outrageously funny tale about a wealthy Chinese-American family that “loses it all, then takes a healing, uproarious road trip across the United States” (Entertainment Weekly). Their spectacular fall from riches to rags […]
Another Brooklyn Written by Jacqueline Woodson Audiobook read by Robin Miles Published by HarperCollins on August 9th 2016 ISBN: 9780062359988 Genres: Fiction, African American, General Format: audiobook Pages: 192 Source: public library via Overdrive National Book Award FinalistNew York Times Bestseller The acclaimed New York Times bestselling and National Book Award–winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming delivers her first adult novel in twenty years. Running into a long-ago friend sets memory from the 1970s in motion […]