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Sunday Matters: Reading Frenzy

Sunday Matters

I’m not big on reading goals but last year’s modest goal was missed by half. FAIL! This year, I am just working my way through all my review copies and so far, so good. I am about to begin book four of the year. I am also sprinkling in buzzy reads to keep my interest up.

Right Now:

My first week back was pretty good. By the end of the week I was grumpy and my body hurt from sitting all day long. It’s like my body forgot how to do that. But a lot of people were out so I was able to return without a fuss. Nice and quiet. That said, this mama is tired this morning. I am volunteering in a bit but the rest of the day is mine.

Also, my daughter had her first behind-the-wheel driving lesson this morning!

This Week:

Ladies and gents, we have hit production week #1 for Annie. Each show, we get better at handling it. This time, because of my daughter’s role, she needs to be at the theatre so early that it conflicts with school. This presents a problem for the obvious reason but also because she still isn’t driving on her own. We will get through it. The managing of meals, transportation and the like need to be handled day by day or it’s too overwhelming for her and I to figure out.

Reading:

I am about to pick book #5 of the year. It will probably be this one, The Other Mrs. Miller by Allison Dickson.

The Other Mrs. Miller

Watching:

I haven’t been able to watch anything.

New Things I’ve Tried:

I am not big into makeup but the one thing I must have is mascara and I don’t like to pay a lot of money for it. The last brand I had, Lash Paradise made my lashes so clumpy. The wand was totally lame and did nothing to separate,  just added huge clumps to my lashes.

So, the other day in desperation I picked up a cheap, Cover Girl brand (Clump Crusher) and so far, it’s pretty darn good. I love the wand. No raccoon eyes.

Grateful for:

Bright blue skies.
Crisp mornings.
Page-turning reads.

How is your weekend going?

Review: Such a Fun Age

Such a Fun Age

Such a Fun Age
By Kiley Reid
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780525541905, December 2019, 320pp.

The Short of It:

A slow build but once I got into it it was like a time bomb ready to go off.

The Rest of It:

For once, I read a buzzy book when everyone else was reading it too. Such a Fun Age is making the rounds and getting a lot of praise. It was selected for Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club and although I’ve not read all of her selections, the ones I have read have been really good. This was no exception.

Emira is at a club celebrating with her friends when her boss calls her to ask if she can possibly watch her daughter due to an emergency. One, it’s late. Two, she’s dressed for the club. Three, she’s been drinking. Although she explains this to her boss, the desperation on the other line wins out.

Minutes later, Emira finds herself with three-year-old Briar in an upscale supermarket checking out the nuts, dancing in the aisle, doing whatever it takes to keep the kid occupied while her mother, Alix, tends to her emergency. Just minutes into their visit, they begin to draw the attention of other shoppers. Emira, a young black woman, and Briar, a young white child, wandering the aisles so late at night seems out of place. So much so, that a security guard begins to question her. Emira explains that she is Briar’s babysitter, which is the truth but she knows how it looks. Things escalate. That is where the story begins.

This is one of those slow-build books. Conflict is everywhere but you know something big is coming and as the story plays out, the one word that comes to mind is EXPLOSIVE. This is a book about race but also fetishsizing race, which I thought was interesting.

Two things stood out for me. One, the story is a little gritty. Not overworked or polished which I liked very much. The author did a good job of portraying each character’s POV. None of these characters are perfect and you won’t find yourself siding with any of them. They all play a role in how the rabbit falls down the hole.  Two, the portrayal of Briar, the young child seemed a little off. She’s critical to the story but her observations were often not believable to me and they took me out of the narrative at times.

However, there is a lot to think about here and you will find yourself eagerly flipping those pages towards the end because it’s like a train wreck and you can’t possibly look away. I wouldn’t say it was a perfect story but I don’t think it was meant to be.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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