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I don't know about you guys but this has been one of the longest weeks ever. With schools closed and work moved to home, this has been a new way of living. When the changes and shutdowns came just before last weekend, there was no time to really process the information. Within days, life had changed. And then on Monday, I reported to work, from my home, with kids also at home. It was when Friday finally rolled along that I felt the gravity of the situation, how we'll be rarely getting out for weeks, if not for months. How schools were likely going to be closed for months. How work still had to be done remotely or worse, there was no work to do anymore due to layoffs or a shutdown. How there was not going to be any dining in restaurants for months.

That was a very sobering thought. I didn't sleep until 1.30am that night.

How are you all doing? What are some of your tips to keep your sanity on while we get through this very difficult time? Some of you are in places that are …

It's Monday! What are you reading? -- Feb 15, 2010

It's Monday! What are you reading this week?
This is a weekly event initially hosted by J. Kaye at J. Kaye's Book Blog, now by Sheila @ One Persons Journey through a world of Books, to celebrate what you are reading for the week as well as books completed the previous week.

Books completed last week
Zilch! :-( I even went whole days without reading! It was just too busy!

Books reviewed from the week before
- Rainwater by Sandra Brown
- City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

I am currently reading

RainwaterThe Help by Kathryn Stockett: I probably will complete this book before this post is up, but at the moment, I have the last 150 pages to finish. I am totally loving this book! The prejudices and racial tensions of those times, the politicians playing the race card too often, Martin Luther King's much anticipated walk, the struggle to win equality - all these elements can be felt through the book, and more than once, I could find parallels between the events in the book and some events of today, though in different contexts. It's definitely an eye-opener.

Open Season by Linda Howard: I can't say I'm really enjoying this. It's not boring or even bad, but it's dragging, and once I finish with The Help, I will be hoping that the pace of this book fastens!

My reading plans for the next week

RainwaterThe 13th Hour by Richard Doetsch: This book is due back in the library on Thursday, So I'll have to do some speed reading and finish this off by then. I definitely want to read it, since I've waited two months for this thriller.

Not my DaughterPrecious / Push by Sapphire: This one is due on Friday. But luckily, it's only 192 pages. I guess I can finish it in a few hours.


Eva said…
I didn't realise that Precious/Push was so short! That makes me more interested in reading it...the subject matter is so dark, I've never really wanted to give it a try. But hopefully I could handle it for 200 pages.
JoAnn said…
So glad you're loving (loved?) The Help. It was one of my favorites last year!
bermudaonion said…
I imagine you're busy all the time, so you must have been super busy last week! You can read Push quickly, but it will leave you stunned.
Michelle said…
I plan to read The Help as soon as I can keep it in my library for more than 2 hours!

Have a great week!

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Alissa Grosso said…
Looks like you have a pretty good reading week planned. Hope you have some time to sit down with a good book or two!
I borrowed Push from my cousin and only managed to read half of it before she needed it back. It's so sad, and very disturbing. But it's a great read. Hope you like it!

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Jennifer said…
I did so enjoy The Help and 13th Hour. Happy reading. My Monday:
The Help and PUSH/Precious are both on my TBR
Introverted Jen said…
The 13th Hour sounds intriguing. Enjoy!
Loved The Help! I am curious about your review of City Of Ashes. These are books I want to read but have not found the time to squeeze them in yet. :)
You have several books there that I want to read! Rainwater has been on my list...I loved The Help!

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Unknown said…
Great review on Rainwater. So thorough. I wish I could do reviews like that. Told me exactly what I needed to know.

Loved The Help, and I love your comment about "zilch." I've been glued to the Olympics on TV since Friday and haven't read one page since then. Luckily I read a bit before then :) Have a great week.

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Staci said…
Push is on my list and so is The Help. I think I'm the last person on earth to read The Help!!
Unknown said…
I've seen a lot about Cassandra Claire's books and they look good. Haven't had a chance to read them yet though.

Don't know much about any of the other books on your list though. Here's hoping you enjoy them.
Great books! I've heard great things about The Help.
Marce said…
I have heard great things about the 13th Hour so you should read it. I have it on my TBR list for sometime this year.

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Amy said…
The Help is on my list of books I should read this year. Hope you like it!
Anonymous said…
I've heard such good things about The Help. Enjoy the books you have coming up this week!

Here's what I'm reading.
push was a good read! as for 'the help' was one of my favorites last year. i recommended it to everyone and gave it as a holiday gift to my mom-in-law! :)
Ash said…
I went days without reading last week too! I was so busy and just didn't have the energy to read, hopefully I can do better this week.
Teddyree said…
Quite a few of us seemed to have had a slowwwwer week, I only read 1book last week :-)
So glad you're loving The Help, it made my favourite read list in 2009! Happy reading!
Athira said…
Eva, the subject matter of Push/Precious is indeed very dark, but I've heard it's well worth the read. Hope you try it too!

JoAnn, Loved The Help!! :)

Kathy, super busy describes it perfectly I guess! I'm still reeling from the effects of last week, but at least I am able to read now.

Michelle, hope you get the book right away!

Alissa, I hope so too!

Emidy, Oooohh, you did not finish the book! I hope you get to finish it!

Jennifer, Glad you enjoyed the two books!

Helen, I hope you get to reading them soon!

Juju, yep! :)

Jennifer, it does sound intriguing right? It's engrossing too!

Sheila, glad you loved The Help! I loved it too!

Laurel-Rain Snow, hope you read them. Rainwater is really good!

Lynne, glad you liked the review! I've been writing (not just reviews) for a while now, I hope I am getting better. :)

Staci, you are certainly not the last person to read The Help! That said, I hope you read it soon! It is amazing!!

Elena, the Mortal Instruments series are good thrillers. You should try them!

Jill, The Help was very good!

MarceJ, I am enjoying The 13th Hour!!

Amy, I hope you read The Help! I loved it!

alitareads, thanks!

nat, that's sweet you gave The Help as a gift to your MIL! It is definitely a great book!

Ash, I hate it when that happens, when I can't read a page one day!

Teddyree, glad to hear so many had a slow week. That said, it definitely sucks when it's like that!

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