The Relentless Weekly – Sept. 26, 2020

Happy Saturday from Wisconsin! Here’s what’s up in my neck of the woods…

Reading: I’m enjoying Two Old Women by Velma Wallis. I’m only reading it when we’re at the lake so that I can digest it slowly and mindfully. I’ll be on the lookout for more of her work.

Listening: My current listen is LaRose by Louise Erdrich. Her writing feels like a gift. It’s truly captivating.

Watching: We’ve started Utopia on Amazon Prime Video. It’s INTENSE. I’d put it in the hyper-violent horror genre? It’s definitely not for everyone.

Loving: Autumn! The leaves are changing and the temperature is dropping. It is crisp out there, y’all! If there is a book reading season this is it. Enjoy it! Light some candles, bake something, and do a lot of cuddling.

Sharing: Banned Books Week starts tomorrow! Click this link to get involved.

Now, tell me about your week? I’d love to hear what you’re up to.

Quick Thoughts: Read-a-Thon Books

I read 5.5 books for Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon on Saturday/Sunday. Here are my quick thoughts about 5 of them:

How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen

  • I felt as if I was reading my own story.
  • You could quote from this book all day long.
  • A tiny gem of a book full of bookish tidbits.

 Push by Sapphire

  • Powerful, disturbing, hopeful, devastating.
  • I wanted to bring Precious home with me and treat her right!
  • I’m so glad I finally got around to reading this. Next? The movie.
  • Was I the last person in the world to read this? 
  • Do I think everyone in the world should read this? Yup.
  • Teenagers can be total asshats.

 The Violin of Auschwitz by Maria Angels Anglada

  • Short, sad and lovely
  • Good for Read-a-Thon because it’s short. Bad for Read-a-Thon because holy cats what a downer!
  • I love reading about this period in history and this was no exception.
  • My very first graphic novel, yay me!
  • Wintry, sweet, sad, honest, Wisconsiny, yay me!
  • One of the best first-love stories I’ve ever read. (Yay me again!)
I hope you all enjoyed your Read-a-Thon books as much as I enjoyed mine. And hey, do you have any good graphic novel recommendations? I’d love to hear about them!