Anther week has passed, and this one has literally gone to the dogs. Angus, the recently retired greyhound we are grey-b-sitting for friends, arrived on Monday and has captured our hearts. He is such an affectionate, well-mannered big boy - unusual for one so fresh off the racetrack. He even kept me company on a few morning walks. Angus will be with us until Wednesday... we'll all hate to see him leave.
His behavior and attitude have me even more convinced that Zelda was abused and traumatized during her racing career. She was a cowering, skittish mess when we got her, and it was months before she would even hold eye contact. I suppose I'm better off not knowing exactly what her life was like before she came to us five years ago. Greyhound racing is a terrible thing.
Anyway, being home with the dogs allowed for some extra reading time. My original reading plans were derailed by a netgalley approval and the arrival of a couple library holds.
Finished last week//
Enchanted August: A Novel by Brenda Bowen (via Netgalley)
This modern retelling of Elizabeth von Arnim's 1922 novel, The Enchanted April, is pure fun! Review coming soon.
Aquarium by David Vann
An unusual coming-of-age in a dysfunctional family story. Well-written and creative, but I can't say I liked it much. I'll sort out my thoughts and write a review.
The Story of A New Name (Neopolitan novels #2) by Elena Ferrante
A read/listen combination. Very good so far. Put on the back-burner for the two books above, but now it's my top priority.
Other new Books:
The Folded Clock by Heidi Julavits
Another library hold, this beautiful hardcover edition will probably be up next.
Baltimore Blues (Tess Monaghan Novel Book 1) by Laura Lippman
A $1.99 kindle daily deal... I think I need an intervention.
On the blog//
Tuesday Intro: The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante
Everything Old is New Again: The Poldark Saga
Weekend Cooking: Chowderland by Brooke Dojny
Around the blogosphere//
Shannon's (River City Reading) thoughtful post, Do Book Bloggers Know Their Worth?, is well-worth a read if you haven't seen it yet.
Have you ever thought about writing tweet-length reviews? Check out Fourth Street Review's post, Mini-Reviews (in 140 Characters or Less) and be inspired.
In the kitchen//
It was unseasonably cool last week and I made soup, twice. First a clam chowder from the Chowderland cookbook (recipe and review here) and then a very simple Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup from Gimme Some Oven.
We also had one of my "go to" quick and easy favorites, Honey Beer Chicken from Betsylife. I've made this countless times and it's always delicious, but Thursday I used a very hoppy beer and didn't care for the taste quite as much.
My parents and siblings are coming over this afternoon for the first boat ride of the season. Later we'll cook hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. Summer is here!
How was your week? What are you reading?
Zelda and Angus