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March 29, 2015

The Relentless Weekly Wrap-Up 03/29/15

There's been nary a word here on The Relentless Reader but I've been a busy little bee over on The Socratic Salon. Thanks to everyone who shared our links, commented on our posts, or supported us in any way. Being able to talk freely without worrying about spoilers has been freeing! People are hungry to dig deep into books. It's been surprising, awesome, and gratifying. I hope you'll check out our about page to see the who, the what, and the why.

I finished Mosquitoland and read We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche. It's based on a TED talk Adiche gave. (You should totally watch it!)  I'm currently reading Kate Mulgrew's memoir Born With Teeth

I've decided to get back into Gilmore Girls. I don't know what I think about it. It's a charming show but the forced-sounding banter thing some of the actors do gets on my nerves. Maybe I'll get used to it. Maybe they'll find their rhythm and it won't sound so clunky to my ears? (I'm still in season 1) The show is a cultural touchstone that I missed out on the first time around and I'm determined to stick with it.

Happy 15th, Avery!
Most of our meals this week consisted of leftover Wonder Woman cake. I'm not complaining.

It's been a great week for my kids. Avery (15) was able to start The Acceptance Project at her school. There were hoops to jump through and school board members to convince and she never gave up and I'm wildly proud. A board member said that there's "something in our handbook about tolerance already" and then asked "why do they need a club like this?" 

Because people like you continue to ask questions like that. That's why. 

They had their first meeting this week and let's just say we didn't bring enough donuts to feed all of the kids that showed up. More proof that clubs like this are necessary

In more shallow news, my son Carter (16) was chosen by a local photographer to be a senior rep/model for the upcoming year. (He'll feature in her senior portrait advertising, etc.) We keep teasing him about his modeling gig and how one day soon we'll see him on a billboard in Times Square. He hates us a little, ha. 

Many of you saw Trish's A Day in the Life Blogging Event. What a great idea! I didn't participate, due to laziness. But I will next time! 

Kisses, everyone! Have a great week. 

What are you reading/watching/eating/loving?w

March 23, 2015

The Relentless Weekly Wrap-Up 03/23/15

I usually post my wrap-up on Sunday. It's Monday. I know, I KNOW. I'm here now, I hope that counts for something? 

A Little Life: Not for the weak at heart.
I finished A Little Life. I can't even begin to explain how that book made me feel. I will try. At a later date. When I'm armed with chocolate and wine.

Mosquitoland is my current read. I'm enjoying it so much. My daughter loved it and knew I would too.

Right this minute I'm nomming an omelette. They are my morning go-to. Sometimes my evening go-to. I like eggs, okay? 


I started American Crime. Felicity Huffman's character is the worst/best. The show is racially charged, to say the least and I'm looking forward to more episodes. 

The Socratic Salon is here! It's a collaborative effort aimed at fostering deep discussions about the books we/you read. We are incredibly excited about this and we really hope that you are too. I'd like to thank my cohorts April, Catherine, Monika, and Shannon. It's a pleasure to work with women who are so wise, warm, and wonderful.

I do hope you'll check out our Welcome post and join us for a lively discussion of Jill Essbaum's Hausfrau tomorrow! Bring your strong opinions, we want to hear them! Please feel free to poke around the site and be sure to suggest books that you'd like to see broken down.

Have a fantastic week, readers. I adore you.