I finished Bleak House! I was a week late, but it could have been much, much worse. My review will go up later this week. I am glad it was a pick for the challenge because I probably wouldn’t have finished it without that motivation, and I’m definitely glad I did. It’s not my favorite of the three Dickens works I’ve read so far, but still worth it.
I also finished a wonderful historical novel called A Parachute in the Lime Tree by Annemarie Neary. World War II fiction set in Ireland – not your typical combination of time period/setting.
I’m now in the middle of this month’s challenge pick: As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. All I have to say about that is the man must have been doing some serious drugs. And since the Faulkner is all that I’m currently reading, I get to start new books today! My stack to start includes Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman; Temple of a Thousand Faces by John Shors; and Shades of Earth by Beth Revis.
On audio, I will probably finish Safe House by Chris Ewan today. It’s a fantastic thriller set on the Isle of Man – and is narrated by Simon Vance, one of my favorite narrators. I also started Veronica Rossi’s Under a Never Sky on audio.
That is all of my bookish news. Our week was full of normal busy-ness, so no real news in the immediate family. Our extended family is being hit pretty hard, though, and could use some prayers. Our nephew, Shawn, who was burned very badly while rescuing one of his children from a house fire before Christmas, is not in good shape. He had seen some minor improvements that had us optimistic, but now is fighting severe antibiotic-resistant infections in multiple organs. The last news I heard is that if he lives, it will be obvious that God intervened, because the doctors do not expect him to make it.
The other piece of bad news is that Kevin’s dad has been diagnosed with moderate to aggressive prostate cancer. He will have a full body C/T scan on Wednesday to determine if it has spread to any other parts of his body. We are praying hard that the cancer is confined to the prostate, which will make it very treatable.
I really appreciate all of you who have already been praying for Shawn – and would be grateful if you could add Kevin’s dad, Duane, to your prayers. And don’t forget to take some time today to make sure your loved ones know how much you love them.