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It got busy this week! Lots going on at home, work, and otherwise as well.  Life My daughter's school decided to close on Friday, along with several other schools in the area, with some being closed from Thursday. Not enough staff. The school had been on a mask mandate since the beginning of the pandemic, dropping it only for one week when the pandemic had appeared to have stabilized last year. And yet, they dropped the mandate completely at the beginning of this year, when cases were exponentially rising, only to bring it back again starting next week. I've gone from being very annoyed to angry to feeling fatigue in these first two weeks already. I won't lie - we all mask around here and try to avoid going where we don't have a need to be in, and still, we are not taking anything close to the extreme precaution we all took at the beginning of the pandemic. I cannot and don't want to keep my kids home - I have at least that much faith in the schools' precautions

It's Monday! What are you reading? -- Jan 18, 2010

It's Monday! What are you reading this week?
This is a weekly event hosted by J. Kaye at J. Kaye's Book Blog to celebrate what you are reading for the week as well as books completed the previous week.

Books completed last week
- Night Runner by Max Turner
- Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (To be reviewed this week)

I am currently reading

Say you're one of themSay you're one of them by Uwem Akpan: I have just one more hour left to listen to on this audiobook. So far, I listened to the two novellas - My Parent's Bedroom and An Xmas Feast. Both were very touching, but I am not too impressed. For one thing, they seemed very detached. Chilling yes, but detached. One of my friends on Goodreads mentioned that her audiobook had one short story missing. Since I have only one more hour left to listen to, I am assuming my copy too has one story missing! Big Bummer!

The HobbitThe Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien: This is one of my much looked-forward to reads. I had never read this book before and am loving every page of it!



My reading plans for the next week

Her Fearful SymmetryHer Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger: I am planning to go into this book with no expectations. Blank out The Time Traveler's Wife from my mind, along with the many reviews I have heard. I wonder if I might enjoy it then? Actually like it? It's going to be tough doing that, but I look forward to reading this book.

Daddy Long LegsDaddy Long-Legs by Jean Webster: A classic! I'm just getting around to it. There have been some good reviews for this one in the Book blogosphere.

The Chopin ManuscriptThe Chopin Manuscript by Jeffery Deaver (Audio book): 15 mystery writers came together to write this book. This one is 6 hours of audio on my audiobook.
Check out what others are reading here!

Comments

Unknown said…
Say you're one of them is something that I've been wanting to read. I also have Her Fearful Symmetry and The Hobbit on my bookshelf, hopefully I'll be able to read them soon. :)
Kristen said…
I remember Daddy Long-legs! I still have my mother's or grandmother's copy. Enjoy your reading this week!
Nise' said…
Great reading week. I need to do the same with Her Fearful Symmetry. I have been avoiding it.
Jennifer said…
Say You're One of Them is on my list as well. Happy reading! My Monday: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/01/what-are-you-reading-mondays-18-january.html
Andi said…
The Bell Jar is one of those books I REALLY want to re-read. It's packed away at my mom's house (about an hour away) right now, but the next time I think of it, I'll snag it. Looking forward to your review!
bermudaonion said…
That's bizarre that your audio book has a short story missing. I felt like the stories in Say You're One of Them are important, but difficult to read because of dialect at time. Maybe that's caused the detachment.
The Bell Jar was a fabulous read!

Here's my post:

http://laurel-rain-snow.blogspot.com/2010/01/its-monday-what-are-you-reading_18.html
Athira said…
Ms Ulat Buku, I hope you get to reading them soon, too!

Kristen, wow! That's something to treasure when you have an old book around still!

Nise', I hope you get to HFS too!

Jennifer, happy reading to you too!!

Andi, I hope you get to read it soon too! I'm sure you will enjoy it!

bermudaonion, I agree, the dialect is probably a reason I found it detaching. I sure hope all stories are in it.

Creations, glad you too enjoyed The Bell Jar!
Hannah said…
Love, love, LOVE Daddy Long-Legs! One of my favorite books. and the movie...not the best translation of book to movie, but still quite divine. I mean, helloooo...Fred Astaire as Daddy Long-Legs...fantastic!

Happy reading!
Athira said…
Hannah, Now that you mention it, I'm eager to watch the movie after reading this! :)
Natalie W said…
Great list of books. Hope your week goes well!
Athira said…
Natalie, thanks! :)
Anonymous said…
Off to check out your review of Night Runner by Max Turner. I have that one coming soon.