I’m a bit unsettled this week. Maybe because it’s my birthday on Monday and it feels even more like a non-event than usual. I’m having trouble focusing, I’ve had a weird breathing thing that comes and goes. I know I’m not alone in this, but *waves hands* all of this is getting to me more than usual.

Reading-wise, it’s been a pretty good week. I finished Elizabeth Taylor’s Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont, which I choose because I wanted to read something light. It isn’t light. It is a reflection on aging that is depressing because it contains so much truth. These poor people, in their glory years, trying desperately to make a connection with somebody, anybody. And it has one of the saddest last lines I’ve ever read. A great read though, highly recommended.

I’m almost done with Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark, which is fantastic. KKK members who are literally monsters, and the badass females who kill ‘em? Take. My. Money. I really wish I had the time to read it all in one sitting; if you do have this opportunity I highly recommend doing so. Ring Shout has kept me going after the season finale of Lovecraft Country (my show of the year, for what it’s worth). 

Also, Clark’s novella, The Haunting of Tram Car 015, is currently up for grabs on Tor.com’s eBook of the Month Club

I got my hands on an advance copy of The Road to Woop Woop by Eugen Bacon. I’ve only read two stories so far, but the one I read last night, Swimming with Daddy, is a beautiful account of grief. I loved it, and am so excited to read the rest of the collection. 

I was also able to get through The Book of Darkness and Light, the script of Adam Z. Robinson’s spooky play. I loved it, just my style. A trilogy of terror? Yes please. I’m hoping to get time to read his follow-up, Shivers, today.

I am really struggling with audiobooks right now. It’s probably because I no longer have a dedicated window of time in which to listen to them. I’m going to try with Roddy Doyle new book, Love. Let’s see how it goes.

And for what it’s worth, there are so many upcoming titles I’m excited about. These books are currently in my NetGalley pending queue. I stare longingly at these books, knowing that they are JUST outside my reach. 

If any of you lucky readers manage to get your hands on any of these books, please let me know what you think.

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