Hey there, y’all. How were your weekends? Mine was pretty great. You may have noticed that this post didn’t pop up in the morning like it usually does (or maybe you didn’t, and you don’t care – legit) and that’s because as of this morning, I was still on a getaway to the Blue Ridge Mountains! Steve and I are both mountain people – we grew up in or near the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York – and we’d been wanting to check out Virginia’s mountain regions for awhile. So on the spur of the moment (relatively) we planned out a quick getaway to Washington, Virginia – better known around the Beltway as Little Washington – a picture-perfect little town nestled just minutes from one of the northern entrances to Shenandoah National Park. We had a wonderful, relaxing weekend filled with fresh air and mountain scenery, and it was awesome. And now I’m back to the city and back to reality, but man, reality’s bite is not quite as sharp as usual when you’re just getting back from three days in the mountains. I’ll have lots more to tell you about the trip soon, but for now – that’s what I did this weekend.
As for reading, I started out last week churning through books at a breakneck pace. After finishing Stella by Starlight, which was wonderful, I burned through Feathers, by Jacqueline Woodson. I read Woodson’s memoir-in-verse, Brown Girl Dreaming, last year, and was wowed. Feathers wasn’t quite as breathtaking, but it was still lovely. Then I finally got around to Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s legendary essay, We Should All Be Feminists, which had been languishing on my TBR for an inexcusable amount of time considering it’s about 45 pages and took less than an hour to read. (Everyone: go read it.) After that I turned back to the library stack and picked up The Obelisk Gate, the second in N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy. (I read the first, The Fifth Season, earlier this year, and loved it.) I’m liking The Obelisk Gate but some of the plot points are really upsetting. (These are plot points carried over from the first book, so no surprises. They were upsetting then, too.) As a result, it’s taking me a little longer to motivate myself to read it. And as a result, instead of taking The Obelisk Gate with me this weekend, I took another book – Terry Tempest Williams’ The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks. I’ve been hearing raves, and it seemed like a good choice for a weekend getaway to Shenandoah National Park. I’m reading it slowly, too – not because I’m having a hard time motivating myself, but because I really want to sink in and appreciate the gorgeous writing. Only two chapters in, I can already tell that The Hour of Land is going to end up on my list of “favorite nature books of all time” – and might even topple The Outermost House after years of Henry Beston’s classic living at the top of that list. And with that – I’m off to dig back into The Obelisk Gate so’s I can finish it before it’s due back to the library.
What did you read last week, my friends?