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Despite so much going on over here between work, house projects, yard work, and just daily living challenges in this pandemic era, I've been able to squeeze in time to read as well, which I'm thankful for, because the news has been abysmal these past few weeks for various reasons and I'm continually worrying about where humanity is headed, even more so than I did before.

A library haul after months...My biggest highlight in books this past week was that the library opened for holds pickup. I'd been checking their website every week to find if next week was going to be the week it opened. So when the notice finally came through last week, I was beyond thrilled. I was also very unsure what books to request from the library since I had gotten very used to reading online. Still, I had a few requested when they called me to schedule a one-hour window for pickup. I did request a ton of books after that though, so I expect a bigger bag this week. 

Some of these are books to rea…

Yet another Monday! (February 14, 2011)



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.


Happy Valentines Day to everyone who celebrates it! I hope cozy candlelit plans form some part of your day!

It doesn't look much like February is going to be a good reading month. Last week, I could barely look at a book or my blog, much less do anything else. My family is visiting, and most of the week was spent getting everyone settled. I'm hoping it gets better now, I seriously can't sit by if I have to read only as little as I did last week.

Books completed in the last week
-  Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography by Sid Jacobsen: I was really moved by this book. I loved Anne Frank's diary and was teary-eyed when I finished reading it. This graphic nonfiction book had the same effect on me. This book is not an exact duplication of the original diary but includes snippets based on interviews with many others who knew Anne, including her father.
-  Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri: This was a really fast read, but just as powerful in its message.

News from over my blog
-  Leif Reads! This month, Ash and I are reading and discussing Eaarth by Bill McKibben. This week, I wrote about two astonishing issues that Eaarth focuses on - disappearing islands and the melting Arctic.

Books on my nightstand
I still have the same pile on my nightstand as last week. I read and finished a couple of other books instead, but not because my nightstand looked boring, more because of my busy week and also since I needed some shorter or faster reads due to my limited reading time.

Little PrincesLittle Princes by Conor Grennan: I was hoping to finish this book last week, but didn't quite get to it. That said, it's still as compelling a read as it was when I talked about it last week. I just hope to make through it this week, even with the huge IN pile at work.
The Weird SistersThe Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown: I finally started two days back and have to agree with all the hype circling around this book. This book is fascinating! The Bard's aura surrounding this book is literally having me in schoolgirl enthusiasm. I'm no Shakespeare major or expert, but I loved reading all his classics in middle and high school.




Comments

bermudaonion (Kathy) said…
I'm anxious to read Little Princes and The Weird Sisters, so I'll be watching for your reviews.
hcmurdoch said…
I just started Little Princes and am loving it from page one! I am also glad that you liked Yummy, pretty powerful stuff.
Juju at TalesofWhimsy.com said…
Thanks doll! Happy Valentine's Day to you too!
Marce said…
Aths, so happy to hear about your brother, thanks for the encouraging words.

I am really considering trying Weird Sisters.
Jupiter said…
Oh,I have to check out that Anne Frank book. My girls are getting to that point in social studies curriculum where they'll be touching on Anne Frank. I was SHOCKED to learn that my husband had never even heard of Anne Frank. Something like that book would help him become enlightened
Bibliophilebythesea said…
I need to get to Little Princes soon. It does sound good.

BTW: you really need to try Steinbeck, perhaps start with a sprae volume like Tortilla Flat or Of Mice and Men....both excellent.
Athira / Aths said…
I think I should add Steinbeck to my list of books I keep postponing. Maybe then I'll get to it sooner! Thanks for suggesting! :)
Athira / Aths said…
I agree! This is a shorter, faster, though no less fuller account of Anne's life in the annex. In fact, this is an even better choice because it covers a longer period of Anne'story. Though, some of the images are certainly graphic.