Then and Now #11 (10/4 - 10/10)
What a week! Our new washing machine and dishwasher sorted themselves out once we re-jigged a few tubes and did some solid draining. So yay for that. And we found a new roomie as well, since one girl is moving out. I think the new girl will make a really nice addition to our slightly kooky household!
I managed to catch an insane cold somewhere on Thursday which had me stressing until a self-test reassured me it was just a cold, not COVID. Still felt like I was dying for much of Friday and Saturday. But this did give me the perfect excuse to actually stay in bed and not do anything, which was nice. One of my housemates kept bringing me tea, which was lovely of her, while I coughed and watched Squid Game. (More on that below!) We have had some lovely weather, which is great but also a shame sine I didn't really want to go outside and get looked at weirdly while coughing up a lung xD
What I posted:
- Review: flower crowns & fearsome things by amanda lovelace (Poetry)
- Review: The Girl Who Died by Ragnar Jónasson, translated by Victoria Cribb
- Review: Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
- Friday Friyay: Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
I Know You by Claire McGowan (Amazon Publishing; 10/19/2021)
I am super intrigued by this plot! History repeating itself, secret or hidden identities and histories, having to fight for survival. Very into it!
This Way to the Universe by Michael Dine (Dutton; 2/1/2022)
is a celebration of the astounding, ongoing scientific investigations that have revealed the nature of reality at its smallest, at its largest, and at the scale of our daily lives. The enigmas that Professor Michael Dine discusses are like landmarks on a fantastic journey to the edge of the universe.
Asked where to find out about the Big Bang, Dark Matter, the Higgs boson particle—the long cutting edge of physics right now—Dine had no single book he could recommend. This is his accessible, authoritative, and up-to-date answer. Comprehensible to anyone with a high-school level education, with almost no equations, there is no better author to take you on this amazing odyssey.
Dine is widely recognized as having made profound contributions to our understanding of matter, time, the Big Bang, and even what might have come before it. touches on many emotional, critical points in his extraordinary career while presenting mind-bending physics like his answer to the Dark Matter and Dark Energy mysteries as well as the ideas that explain why our universe consists of something rather than nothing. People assume String Theory can never be tested, but Dine intrepidly explores exactly how the theory might be tested experimentally, as well as the pitfalls of falling in love with math. This book reflects a lifetime pursuing the deepest mysteries of reality, by one of the most humble and warmly engaging voices you will ever read.
Something a little bit different! I do love to read more about science, but I don't want to feel like I'm reading an actual textbook, if that makes sense? I hope Dine strikes the right tone, but I have a feeling from the blurb that he will!
Chloe Cates Is Missing by Mandy McHugh (Penzler Publisher; 1/18/2022)
Youtubers scare me, I'm not going to lie. There's something about the obsessive recording of every single thing that unnerves me, so of course this novel was right up my alley! Also, a 13-year-old, Jesus!
How to Survive a Modern-Day Fairy Tale by Elle Cruz (Entangled Publishing; 11/30/2021)
Claire Ventura is nothing like the poised and perfect heroines she reads about in her favorite romance novels. She’s a quirky, people-pleasing bookworm with a loving yet obliviously intrusive family and a passion for cookie decorating—all rolled into a five-foot-two Filipina American fueled by chamomile tea.
Then she meets Nate, billionaire CEO of a global tech company, the modern-day Prince Charming who sweeps her off her feet. Though he does his best to convince Claire that he’s genuinely head over heels for her, she knows he’ll soon realize she’s more underwhelming Plain Jane than jet-setting socialite. And once he meets her family, if their initial questioning doesn’t scare him off, then their tendency to decide “what’s best for her” certainly will.
Between her whirlwind romance with Nate and her meddlesome family, Claire wishes she had a fairy godmother to guide her. But this is the real world in the twenty-first century, and the only way to get her happily ever after is by grabbing firm hold of what she really wants—and letting her heart be her guide.
This book sounded adorable, so I couldn't resist! As someone whose both a massive cynic and a secret romantic, Cruz' novel could be right up my alley.
So that's me!