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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? -- October 11, 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
-  Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
-  Russell Wiley is Out to Lunch by Richard Hine

News from over here
This past week, most of the news was around the readathon on Saturday. While I didn't get to read much, I did manage to make some significant progress on a chunkster. This week, I also posted two reviews:
-  The Game-On! Diet by Krista Vernoff and Az Ferguson
-  Moloka'i by Alan Brennert

Books on my nightstand
Although, right now I am in the middle of three books, in a sense, I am also between books, as I try to figure out which book to start with next, while I read the other books on the side.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling: It's been a long time since I picked this one up. I keep picking it and putting it aside because other more urgent reads keep calling me. This week, I'm hoping to sit and read this because I'm never going to be able to find time anyways.
Panopticon by David Bajo: Having requested this one from NetGalley, I plan to pick this one sometime later this week. I don't have much clue about this book, and the reviews have been mostly mixed. Still, it's from Unbridled Books, and since I've loved some of their other titles, I really want to try this one.

Comments

Teddyree said…
I'm only familiar with Harry Potter out of your books listed, hope you enjoy your reads.
a Harry Potter week! I am so excited for the upcoming movie...only a month away!

p.s. you, like me, turned off the word verification during the read-a-thon and haven't turned it back on yet. I'll go do mine now.
I've been seeing "mentions" of the Game-On Diet. It sounds like a great motivator.

Hope you enjoy your books.

Here's my Monday:

http://laurelrainsnow.wordpress.com/2010/10/11/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-oct-11/
Tales of Whimsy said…
Ooo I like the cover of that second book :)
Oh I will have to look at your Game On Diet Review! :)
RAnn said…
Molikai is in my TBR stack...
Tea said…
That last book really caught my attention. The one you received from Unbridled books. I've never heard of Panocop.... I think of something related to a camera or movie???? Can't wait to read your review.

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