Happy Monday! I already opened up my computer this morning to a huge list of emails as we continue to try to get Covid vaccination clinics scheduled in Los Angeles County. We’re so far behind where we want to be compared to many other counties in the state so I expect this will be domineering most of my waking and sleeping hours again this week.
Though it is a normal back to work Monday for me, it is also Martin Luther King Day, a day to honor a man who so eloquently spoke on issues of racial inequality. His words still hold power and it is something that we clearly still have not learned properly as witnessed by everything we’ve seen happen over the past year and even the past couple weeks.
In this week’s reading update, I started THE PROPHETS by Robert Jones, Jr. yesterday and while I am just getting started on it, I can see why people have been talking about this one. We are getting multiple perspectives with very distinct voices which I appreciate as I have this one both in print and on audio. The author is establishing the relationship between two young slave men, Isaiah and Samuel, on a southern plantation. In spite of their circumstances, their romance gives them moments of happiness that others can also see. From the synopsis we know that this happiness will not be without its challenges as their relationship is called out. The writing so far is fantastic and I look forward to continuing.
While I did finish off some of my in progress reads over the weekend, I also picked up a few more new ones:
I am still reading THE NATURE OF FRAGILE THINGS by Susan Meissner which I featured in last week’s post. There is a buddy read chat for this one today and then I’m eager to continue and see where the story takes us next. We’re following a young Irish immigrant woman named Sophie who married in order to provide a business man with a wife and a mother for his daughter only to find out that he wasn’t everything he expected. At the halfway point I’ve just hit the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and I’m excited to see what comes next.
For another buddy read, I have also started THE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London which should be a quick read I can wrap up today. It is written from the POV of a sled dog taken up to work in the rough conditions of the Alaskan Klondike. I’m liking it, but it has a lot more violence than I remembered from reading it in school.
And for yet another buddy read I am also working on A BIG SHIP AT THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE by Alex White. This one follows two women. Boots is a fallen treasure hunter who makes her living running cons by selling fakes and she is being hunted by a killer. Nilah is a famed race driver who witnesses a murder and must go on the run. Both wind up on a smuggler’s ship seeking answers and maybe a big score along the way.
Did you get any good reading in this weekend? What are you currently reading?