Sunday Post: Getting in the Groove

sThe Sunday Post hosted by the Caffeinated Reader is an opportunity to share with the blogging community what bookish things are happening in our world. So what have I been doing?

Blogging|Last week, I posted reviews of James McBride’s The Color of Water and Zora Neale Hurston’s posthumously published Barracoon. This coming week I have reviews scheduled for Daughters of the Witching Hill by Mary Sharratt and sweetly by Jackson Pearce.

Reading |I am currently all about Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain, but I also sped my way through Shadows of Glass and Remnants of Tomorrow, books 2 and 3 in Kassy Taylor’s Ashes of Twilight trilogy.

Listening |I absolutely adore Revisionist History by Malcolm Gladwell. Gladwell’s episode of the week for me was “The Footsoldier of Birmingham” in which Gladwell investigates the statue commemorating the picture of a police dog attacking a Black boy:

footsoldierofbirminghamThe problem is before publishing the photo, before writing the narrative, before making this image a central argument of the Civil Rights movement, no one found out what was really going on. And no one questioned how the above picture became the following statue:

footsoldierofbirminghamstatue

Gladwell takes us through the entire story and makes us think. He’s a fantastic storyteller, a careful thinker, and a casual speaker.

Anticipating | I received two new books in the mail this past week. The first is Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race, a nonfiction children’s book recommended by Jill at rhapsody in books. The second is Abridged Classics: Brief Summaries of Books You Were Supposed to Read But Probably Didn’t, which seems hilarious and was recommended over at Bookfoolery.

Doing | Last week, the family and I celebrated the 4th of July with family, food, and fireworks. For the first time, we had a band at the fireworks which was awesome and my kids got all excited when they would play a song they knew.

The adults loved the music even more than the kids:

fourthfamilyAnd let’s not forget to give much love to my patriotic t-shirt:

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24 thoughts on “Sunday Post: Getting in the Groove

  1. What a lovely lot of photos of your 4th July celebrations. Far more civilised that you have your main fireworks celebrations when the weather is warm and everyone can enjoy it. We wait until November and it’s faaar too cold for some of us to fully enjoy Bonfire Night! I LOVE the abridged version of War and Peace – howled with laughter at that one:)). Have a great week, Tricia and thank you for swinging by. Grandchildren are indeed, a blessing. Or as a tablemat I possess says – Grandchildren are the reward for not strangling your teenagers…

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    • I was really getting in to Quiet and then I suddenly couldn’t find my copy!!! I have never lost a book in my life, but this one has managed to escape me. I hope to find it soon or I’m going to have to buy another copy.

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