Happy Monday, happy Leap Day, happy new week. Last week was terrible. I mean, it was one of those weeks where if something could go wrong, it did go wrong – it felt like one disaster after another. Monday was the worst of it, but the rest of the week didn’t get much better from there. It was almost comically awful, and I found myself repeating that old motivational saying “If Britney could get through 2007, I can get through today” more times than I can count. So I don’t really want to talk about what we were up to. Just look at the cute picture of babies in a race car shopping cart (pretty much the highlight of the week) and let’s just talk about books.
It might have been a bad week in life, but it was a good week in books, so at least there’s that. I started the week off by finishing up the second volume of March, Congressman John Lewis’ graphic memoir. This volume was all about Lewis’ experiences as a Freedom Rider and leading SNCC, and culminated in the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech – so powerful. There’s going to be a third volume at some point, so I’ll be keeping my eyes open for that. Then I opened Jam on the Vine, about which I’d heard great things on the All the Books! podcast. I only got about a chapter in before I had to pick up my library holds, though, and as I predicted, one of them was a seven-day book: Angela Flournoy’s acclaimed debut, The Turner House. So I tabled Jam on the Vine and switched to the Turner family saga, and I’m about twenty pages away from finishing it as of this Monday morning. I’d have finished it over the weekend, but bedtime shenanigans saw me spending most of both Saturday and Sunday nights rocking Nugget to sleep for hours, and not reading my library book.
Plans for the week in books including finishing The Turner House today, and then turning my attention back to Jam on the Vine. And then I don’t know what – maybe back to We that are Left, which is due back to the library on March 8th (and I think I’m out of renewals).
On the blog front, my Black History Month reading round-up on Wednesday, and the next Colorado recap on Friday. Check back!
What are you reading this week?