It's been another low-key week here in Florida. Highlights include an excellent book, an outdoor socially-distanced pizza party, some time in the kitchen, and lots of walks. Temps were below normal early in the week (including one morning in the 40s!) but we're back to a pleasant 70 this morning.
Vaccine frustration dominated a couple of our mornings as we tried in vain to make an appointment for my husband. The Publix appointments filled before the site even let us in. We'll try again on Wednesday... fingers crossed.
Finished this week//
Narrative nonfiction doesn't get any better than this. What an amazing read! Wilkerson's research is meticulous, her writing is excellent, and the story keeps you turning the pages. The book never felt as long as it actually is... 600+ pages or nearly 23 hours on audio. The read/listen combination kept me fully engaged and I was always eager to return in either format. This book is ten years old now (Caste is her current offering) and I know many of you have read it, but his eye-opening read has earned a place on my list of all-time favorites.
Since it's Black History Month, I decided to pick up Ya Gyasi's latest novel. Homegoing was a favorite in 2017 and I've been looking forward to reading this, too. I started listening to the audio version narrated by Bahni Turpin (a favorite) on my walk and have also borrowed the book from the library.
On the blog// Ten Classics on My TBR List
None last week, but I'm looking forward to a couple this week, including one sponsored by the Trollope Society. It features Julian Fellowes (creator of Downton Abbey) in conversation with Gyles Brandreth, discussing the society's online Big Read of Doctor Thorne - one of my favorite Trollope novels. More information is here.
In the kitchen//
Mostly repeat recipes last week: Clam Chowder (I discovered that Bar Harbor brand chopped sea clams are much better than the well-known brand I've been buying for years), a repeat of Katie Workman's Chocolate Banana Cake (a big hit with my FIL) and, one of my daughter's favorites, Slow Cooker Orange Chicken. I use low-sugar orange marmalade for that recipe.
The week ahead//
Again, more of the same... a couple of appointments, walks, time in the kitchen, and hopefully at least one sunny afternoon reading on the beach.
How was your week? What have you been reading?