Hello from Sanibel. I hope you had wonderful Mother's Day weekend. Life here has been hectic the past couple of weeks... so much to do before we start our journey north next weekend. A couple of household projects are on the agenda and our AC needs service - again! Packing begins midweek.
Finished this week//
by Meg Wolitzer, narrated by Rebecca Lowman
Meg Wolitzer is officially one of my favorite authors. I borrowed this book from the library weeks ago, but only began reading a few days before it was due. The audiobook was available via overdrive, so I borrowed that immediately upon returning the hardcover (listen to a sample here)... and was quickly reminded how much I enjoy Rebecca Lowman's narrations. (Eleanor & Park, City on Fire, etc.) That loan expired, too, and I used an audible credit to continue listening. On Saturday, my library ebook hold came in and I finished the book in a matter of hours.
In broad terms, this is a novel about "female power, ambition, leadership, and mentorship." But more importantly, the characters Wolitzer creates to tell her story are genuine and believable. I was immediately drawn into their lives and, by the end of the novel, wasn't ready to let them go. Wolitzer's writing, as I have come to expect, is excellent.
This is a 450 page novel, but never felt that long. Look for it on my list of favorites at the end of the year.
by J. Ryan Stradal
I'm at the 80% mark and thoroughly enjoying this book. More after I've finished...
I'm really not sure, but possibilities include...
The Spectator Bird by Wallace Stegner, narrated by the late Edward Herrmann, is loaded on my phone.
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee and is quite certain I will love it. I'm next in line for the library ebook.
Maybe I'll try to read one of the books I hauled down here from New York in the meantime. I'm certainly not packing them up again for the trip north!
In the kitchen//
My kitchen has been a flurry of activity as I stock my FIL's freezer for the summer:
- New England clam chowder (CIA recipe via Epicurious)
- Sloppy Joe (recipe from Les)
- plum-glazed pork tenderloin, his new favorite (from Dawn, way back when)
- Baked Chicken Parmesan (from skinnytaste)
- Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Tuscan Farro Soup from New York Times ( I added sausage)
How was your week? What have you been reading?