I finished Transcendent Kingdom this morning. I loved it (just like everyone told me I would) and I’m glad I took it slowly, savoring the writing and the story. I was incredibly invested in a good outcome for Gifty and I think she got that, so I was pleased with the ending. I was almost angry enough with the “theology” she encountered to throw the book across the room. gah! It’s so real, and so harmful … gah! I also really appreciate Gyasi’s range as an author – and she’s only on book #2! There are certainly some common themes with Homegoing, but this is a brand new story, told on a much more intimate scale.
So yeah, it took me a week to read those 246 pages, which means I had lots of time to savor other things along the way!
One of those things was a few more books and three of them were audiobooks
… I walked, I drove a few places, and I knitted!Notice is certainly benefiting from all the attention – I have about four rounds left before the body ribbing.
One of the places I drove was to Starbucks, for a coffee and knitting date with Deena – our first since last February?It felt like we hadn’t missed a beat in spite of months and months of Zoom.
Another place was a tennis match about an hour away … happily we won – my first win of the season! … and I was really glad to have Bess Kalb playing for that drive.
But probably the biggest highlight of the last week was a sleepover with Sam. He arrived about 8:30 Friday morning and left at 10am on Saturday. We had great weather and it was the perfect amount of time for him to be here all by himself.
I shared a series of videos on Instagram yesterday (link) from our time at the pool on Friday afternoon. (can you tell we’re having fun?!)
We also went to the playground, looked for rocks, painted rocks, played Monopoly (Sam won, and I think that might be HIS favorite highlight), ate chicken fingers, french fries, and hot dogs (he got to choose the menu), and watched Luca. There wasn’t much time for reading! (or much else … such a reminder about how much has changed since last summer when we had both boys here every week … wow!)
I loved reading all your thoughts about reading slowly and appreciated having a few new authors to track down. Thank you!
I’ll be back tomorrow with an update on my OLW.