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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? -- Apr 19, 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
I wish I could list something here. But I've been reading less this weekend due to a very busy week. There was a candlelight vigil on the 16th, an Indian cultural event on the 17th, and well, I slept a lot yesterday. But I'm completing through two of my reads.

Books reviewed
- The Overnight Socialite by Bridie Clark
- April 16th: Virginia Tech Remembers

I am currently reading

The Geometry of Sisters by Luanne Rice: Now I'm really embarrassed. This is the 3rd consecutive week that I have listed this book. But I didn't go to the gym last week. Does that excuse me?
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling: I have just a couple of chapters left, which I'll be completing today. I totally enjoyed this book, because it has a lot of the Harry Potter series' signature elements.
Columbine by Dave Cullen: I am almost done with this book, and I am totally surprised by the number of myths that circulated after this tragedy. It almost shocked me that what I knew of the Columbine tragedy was so far from the truth. It has been an engrossing read!

My reading plans for the next week

Glorious by Bernice L. McFadden: Soon as I am done with my current read, I will be picking this one up next. Lately, I've heard plenty of good reviews of this book and that makes me more than eager to read it.




Comments

Dana said…
Oooh, Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite of the Harry Potter books, so I look forward to seeing what you think of your reread! And Glorious is also sitting on my shelf waiting to be read - I hope to get to it soon too!
NancyO said…
Aths, I'm really happy to hear the good word on Columbine. I'm moving it up to the top of the nightstand stack immediately. Isn't it just so true...we have really so little real info after these things (just what we hear on the news) so people start making up rumors to cover what we're missing. I'm glad he sets the story straight. Thanks! And happy reading.
Jan von Harz said…
Our school began Rachel's Challenge this year, which is a club that focuses on all the great things Rachel Scott wrote before being the first student killed at Columbine. I imagine a lot of people have only a vague understanding of this tragedy.

I will have to check back to read your review. Have a good week.
I'll bet the Columbine book is a real eye-opener! We had a lockdown at our school for 6 hours earlier this year (of course the "bad guys" were locked up with me in the Library!). The rumors that circulate were amazing. I can only imagine what it was like where shooting and death were involved
Unknown said…
I LOVED Columbine! It really was interesting to find out the truth about the rumored details, wasn't it? I was riveted.

Have a great week, Aths :)

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Tales of Whimsy said…
Can't wait to hear about Glorious.
Natalie W said…
Sounds like some good reading!
Hope your week goes well.
Natalie :0)
Jennifer said…
You had a wonderful week or reading. I have Glorious on my TBR pile. Have a wonderful week reading. My Monday: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/04/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-19.html
Priya Parmar said…
i have not read anything by luanne rice but have heard good things!
Alyce said…
Good to hear that the Columbine book is as good as everyone says it is. I'm hoping to start HP and the P. of Azkaban next week. Oh, and I didn't finish any books last week either. It was just one of those weeks.
The1stdaughter said…
Loved your review for Overnight Socialite, but I think you already knew that! :o) And I love the VT book, it's such a tough thing to remember, but it looks like they did a great job with the book (did you know I lived in Lexington when it happened...not too far away).

Anywho...hope you have a fabulous reading week!
Yay for Harry Potter! I read that book a while ago but I remember loving it. Your reading week sounds great - enjoy it!
Eva said…
I'm picking Glorious up soon too! Can't wait for it. :)
I would like to read Columbine. And Harry Potter.... I have probably said before - LOVE THEM ALL! :)

Have a good week!
Dave Cullen said…
Thanks for the kind words on my book--in the post, and the enthusiasm in the comments. I really do appreciate that.

An expanded paperback edition is just out. I spent a lot of time on the new material, so I hope it's OK to mention what we added:

— A 12-page afterword: “Forgiveness.” It includes startling new revelations on the killers' parents. The purpose, though, was to look at three victims in very different places 11 years later, and how forgiving played a pivotal role in their grief. I discovered the secret meetings with the killers' parents in the process.

— Actual journal pages from Eric Harris & Dylan Klebold.

— Book Club Discussion Questions (also available at Oprah.com).

— Diagram of Columbine High School and environs.

— A large-print edition is also now available.

There's lots more info at my Columbine site.

Thanks again.
Introverted Jen said…
I think Azkaban is my favorite HP book. Enjoy Glorious!

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