All Tied Up for October 16, 2017
This week I started reading “The Pyramid Waltz” by Barbara Ann Wright and, while I haven’t finished it yet, I’m going to go ahead and recommend it anyway. It’s a charming fantasy that is so very gay it makes my heart happy. There’s a princess and a courtier (who better get to smooching soon) and a plot to destroy the royal family that must be thwarted. It’s perfect distraction from the shitshow that it is the real world these days. Check it out!
I have so many projects and midterms and presentations right now that they’re basically all I’m doing. I’d been in a bit of a drought with pleasure reading (though I have been reading so many articles and so many YA books for class), but I think I’m finally on the other side of dry spell. I don’t know who recommended this to me, but I’m reading a biography of olive oil—I know. But “Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil” by Tom Mueller is really good and interesting; it’s a mix of food, history, archaeology, true crime, and anecdotes all rolled into one. What a delight. On audio, I’m listening to “The War that Saved my Life” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley; one of my grad school colleagues recommended it, and it is amazing so far. It’s about a British brother and sister who send themselves to the country to avoid the bombings in London during World War 2. Trigger warning for child abuse against a disabled little girl. It’s a middle grade book, so it’s not graphic, but it’s definitely something to be aware of. Jayne Entwistle is killing the narration. Highly recommend!