Happy Monday, nerds! You can thank Julianne from Outlandish Lit for this post. I have to write a post and mention her whenever she does that with me. Unwritten personal rule or accountability or something.
Life has been pretty insane lately so I put together a Minnesota writing retreat with friends to unwind, write, and read. I only wrote about 2k words, but I finished a few books/comics and got some other work done. There was also a lot of food, friend shenanigans, and Star Wars. I’d like a writing retreat every month.
Now, let’s talk about books.
I finished reading The Secret Garden for The Classics Club Spin Challenge (four stars). It’s a magical story that I wish I had read when I was a child. I wasn’t raised on classics so a lot of my literary classic experience came from watching movies without knowing they were books (Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Little Princess, Alice in Wonderland, etc).
I also read Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire and Injection Volume One. While I wasn’t super impressed with Injection (two stars), TMMHTGB gets a solid five stars. I’ll admit I didn’t know about Shire until Beyoncé’s Lemonade album came out, but I’m looking forward to reading more of her writing. Powerful stuff. Read it over and over again.
One Day Soon Time Will Have No Place Left to Hide by Christian Kiefer is an odd book so far. The genius herself (aka Julianne) wants me to tell her what I think the ending means when I finish. No pressure. None at all.
Coming Up This Week
Everything Is Illuminated has been on my TBR for years. I have a chance to meet Jonathan Safran Foer at Book Expo America next week so now is the time to read this book at last.
I don’t know if I’ll end up reading anything else this week. I’m leaving town on Friday to visit my best friend in Wisconsin, and next week is Book Expo America. Let me know if you’re going so we can meet up.
What are you reading? Any fun/interesting/glorious plans this week?