Happy Friday, book friends! Today is another Friday off from work, and I am grateful for two three-day weekends in a row. This time of year, I really need them. I’ll still be holding virtual office hours for my Intro to Writing students, but at least I don’t have to deal with my morning commute.
It’s been a blur of a week with a ton of work to do, and I am exhausted. I’ve been whizzing through audiobooks as my commute continues to be a frustrating mess. Pittsburgh has become home to me in many ways, but the infrastructure of this old city is definitely showing its wear and tear, and we’ve got all the construction projects to prove it.
On Monday, I had to reroute my drive home thanks to a gas line break closing the road I normally take home, making my 45 minute commute well over an hour. When I wasn’t frantically trying to figure out where the heck to go to get home, I was enjoying my audiobook.
In the evenings, I’ve been enjoying the cooler weather and couch cuddles with Azula while getting some reading done. Last night, Mr. Your Book Friend joined us for a nice family reading hour before the Steelers game started.
In all, another “busy but business as usual” kind of week for us. How was your week?
Happy Wednesday, book friends! I can hardly believe we’re so close to the end of September, but then again, the first month of the fall semester always goes by in a flash.
My intro to writing students have submitted their rough drafts, and a good amount of my reading energy this week will go into reading and providing feedback for those.
In non-bookish news, the latest season of Great British Bake Off has begun, which means the third annual GBBO Fantasy League has commenced. We drafted our teams of bakers on Friday and watched the first episode. I feel confident in my first pick, but the rest of the team is a bit of a mixed bag thus far.
Plenty of reading updates this week as I’m back on my audiobook game and in a good routine of morning and evening reading (most of the time). Let’s dig in.
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I’ve already finished Jeanette McCurdy’s memoir,I’m Glad My Mom Diedand I have to say, I get the hype. I was a little skeptical initially, wondering if the attention-grabbing title coupled with McCurdy’s fame was responsible for the buzz. But no, this woman has some serious writing chops.
She doesn’t pull punches, and there are a lot of grim, stark depictions of her childhood and her eating disorder that can be uncomfortable to confront. This is a big “check the content warnings” title, but it is truly a powerfully written memoir. My mini review went up earlier this week, here: Mini Review: I’m Glad My Mom Died
I also finished The Family Compound, which I really enjoyed as well. Liz Parker has won me over on the family drama with multiple perspectives. My full review went up late last week, and you can check it out by clicking the thing: Secrets and Lies Abound in “The Family Compound“.
Next up on audio, I’m finally reading essayist Samantha Irby, whose work has been recommended to me numerous times. I’m starting with her essay collection Wow, No Thank You, which is narrated by the author. I’m 17% of the way in and can definitively say that the people who kept saying I needed to read Irby were right. I love a good funny cultural essay, and this book is chock full of them, including a spectalar take on what it’s like to try and enjoy a night out when you’re in your 30s.
In print, I’m finally on to Kerry Winfrey’s latest, Just Another Love Song. As far as second chance romances go, this one has a plausible reason for the breakup that lets me forgive both characters with ease. That’s my pre-requisite for buying in, so I’m enjoying it well enough so far. As always, Winfrey goes hard on the Ohio references, which the Ohio girl in me loves. There’s a whole Ohio themed inn, which is just the cherry on top of the small town vibes in my opinion.
Up Next & On to You
Most likely it’ll be Witchtober by the time I’m picking up something new to read, which means I’ll be tackling my witchy stack. I’m planning to buddy read From Bad to Cursed, so I’ll start that when my friend is ready. We haven’t determined a date yet because, well… adulthood. That means I just have to decide which book to read first this month if she’s still waiting on the library copy to come in. Decisions, decisions.
What about you, book friends? Are you leaning into the Fall vibes (if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere)? Or clinging to the last hints of summer?
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