Joining Kat and friends on Unraveled Wednesday.
One of these weeks I will take a photo of the nearly finished BDJ currently on the needles. This is not the week.
My nightly reading binge continues! I am enjoying it hugely (bigly?), but I have managed to sneak in a little knitting, too.
All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda entertained me for a couple nights. It tells the story of two young women who go missing from a small town ten years apart. But the author tells the story in reverse chronological order, and I kept getting confused. 2-1/2★
I finished Elly Griffiths’ Ruth Galloway series with Dark Angel, The Stone Circle, and The Lantern Men and enjoyed them all. Now I must wait until she writes another one. She has a couple other shorter series that I may check out. In the meantime, I think I will start on Ann Cleeves’ Vera Stanhope series. (Are we sensing a theme here? Middle-aged female protagists perhaps?) All of the Galloway series are at least. 4★
I read a bit more in So You Want to Talk About Race. I find I can only read a chapter or two before I am ready for some fiction. Still an excellent book, however. 5★
I prefer to learn about people, settings, history, and conflicts from fiction, so Such a Fun Age by Kylie Reid was right up my street. It is the story of an educated, upper-middle-class, determinedly liberal woman, her Black babysitter, and their relationship. It was sometimes uncomfortable reading because I automatically identified with said EUMCDL woman, and she was definitely not a someone the reader should aspire to be. It was an excellent way to parse the relationship between a White woman and her Black employee. 5★
Somewhere in the past week I also started The Threat: How the FBI Protects American in the Age of Terrorism and Trump by Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director who was fired by trump just hours prior to McCabe’s retirement. Very interesting, and a book I will dip back into between other books. It is on my iPad so no need to hurry through to return it to the library. 4★
I am currently about halfway through Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. It is nonfiction account of the author’s work in the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit law office he founded in in Montgomery, Alabama and dedicated to defending the poor, the incarcerated, and the wrongly condemned. The book is excellent and readable — Stevenson is a gifted storyteller — and highlights how our justice system routinely ignores the rights of some citizens. 5★