Hosted by I'd Rather Be at the Beach. Given that today is a snow day from school with more than 10 inches of snow that fell yesterday, I'd rather be at the beach too! Instead I'm at home, with the kids and neighbors coming and going. Lots of fun, and I'm happy to see them all enjoying it.
I'm working on reading Mama Hissa's Mice by Saud Alsanounsi (currently free with Kindle unlimited) today. There were some changes made after I received my ARC, so they sent me a PDF. And a PDF doesn't adjust size on my kindle. So I'm sitting at my kitchen table reading on my laptop. I think I'm about a quarter of the way done so far. It is well written, but I wish I knew more of the background. The book was actually banned in Kuwait for four years. Here's the first paragraph of the book (I skipped over posting the Prologue, which also would have worked....).
I regain consciousness. Sun rays, directly above me, morph into a red infinity behind my shut eyelids. Liquid oozes from where my tousled hair is parted into a pool at the back of my head. I slowly open my eyes, only to tightly close them again to block out the piercing sun. Gravel jabs my back. My throat and lips are bone-dry, and there is a taste of dirt in my mouth. Something returns me to a final scene, a moment suspended between dream and reality. Pain throbs above my left eyebrow. I dab at the pool beneath my head with my fingertips. “Blood?” I bring my palm to my face, casting a shadow against the sun. Carefully, I open my eyes to inspect the color of the liquid on my fingertips, hoping that it’s something other than red. I sigh with relief. “Sweat.” I shut my eyes again.