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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 …

Yet another Monday! (Mar 26 2012)

It's Monday! What are you reading this week?

Sheila @ Book Journey wants to know what we're reading. I'm only too happy to oblige!

It's been a month since I posted this meme!

Right now, I am going through two books. I started Arcadia a couple of days ago, and since then I have come across the book a few times already in other blogs. They have been mostly raving, so I'm eager to see where this goes for me. Though, I should admit that I started it at the wrong time - when I was going to sleep, and Arcadia isn't a book you should start at such times unless you do want to be put to sleep.

Which pages were turned...
-  I'm also reading Catherine Ryan Hyde's When I Found You. I've been eager to read this one for a while, because the synopsis about an abandoned baby and the man who found the baby in the woods sounded interesting.
-  Short Story of the week - In the Bed Department (click for my review) by Anne Enright.

Since the last update, these are the books I read:
-  Dance Lessons by Áine Greaney
-  Cross Currents by John Shors
-  I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
-  The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Huchu
-  Divergent by Veronica Roth
-  My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

...And other news
-  Short Fiction: A Village After Dark by Kazuo Ishiguro
-  Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
-  Short Fiction: In the South by Salman Rushdie
-  Review: First You Try Everything by Jane McCafferty
-  Review: The Dispatcher by Ryan David Jahn
-  Post hunger games mania
-  Indie Lit Awards winners
-  A long month of books and TV

Happy reading!


Sheila (Book Journey) said…
I am reading Ive Got Your Number now and it seems to be taking me forever to get through!
Christina T said…
You've got a great variety of books on your list! I loved Divergent and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and thought I've Got Your Number was another fun book from Sophie Kinsella. I've only seen positive reviews for Arcadia. I haven't read it but I hope you enjoy it!
Debnance said…
You've done much, much better than me. I've yet to post about the Indie Lit Awards!

Here's my It's Monday! What Are You Reading? Hope you will stop by!
Yvonne said…
I really want to read the Sophie Kinsella.  It sounds really good!  Have a great week!

 My Monday post is here
Karen said…
Looks like you have had a busy week. Some great titles there. I love the cover of Arcadia. Saw it a few places too. Might have to check it out.
Abbi Hart said…
Hope you have a great reading week! Here's my link:
Kathy said…
I'll be interested to see your final assessment of Arcadia since it doesn't sound like it's starting off with a bang.
Helen Murdoch said…
I have read and enjoyed two of Catherine Ryan Hyde's books so I look forward to hearing what you think of  When I Found You. Have a great week!
zibilee said…
I am reading The Gods of Gotham, and loving it! I highly recommend that one to you if you like historical mysteries, heavy on the historical side. I will also be reading The Dispatcher very soon, and I am excited about that one, because it seems rather interesting. Hope that you get a lot of reading done this week, and that you enjoy it all!
Jenni @ Alluring Reads said…
I have to read Divergent, everyone talks about it, I'm just worried it's going to be just like everything else out there.  Will definitely be reading your thoughts on it.

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Pussreboots said…
You had a good week of reading.

My favorite read this week was the audio version of Shutter Island. Please come see what else I'm reading.
Kimberly @ Turning The Pages said…
I really want to read Arcadia@1b9290b5408c93ac9c730a2a0cd3ed79 I love the cover for it My It's Monday! Post :)
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- Kimberly @ Turning The Pages
nomadreader said…
I'll be eager to hear your thoughts on Arcadia. I am firmly in the 'love' camp!
Marie Cloutier said…
I just finished Arcadia and really liked it. my review will be up thursday. i can't wait to hear waht you thought!
Athira / Aths said…
Aww... I loved that book so much! I hope it picks up soon. 
Athira / Aths said…
I didn't enjoy Divergent as much as I hoped to, unfortunately. :( But I enjoyed all of the others. I'nm looking forward to Arcadia!
Athira / Aths said…
I'm quite curious too. I think it just has to do with when I started reading it. I'm sure it will be engrossing.
Athira / Aths said…
When I Found you is intriguing. I'm not loving it, but it's a nice plot.
Athira / Aths said…
I am looking forward to hearing what you think of Dispatcher! And this is the second time I am coming across Gods of Gotham! I need to check it out.
Athira / Aths said…
Divergent didn't work out well for me. :( I'm kind of upset about that because I was hoping it will be intriguing. 
Athira / Aths said…
I was totally intrigued by your thoughts on Arcadia! I am curious to see how it picks up!
Athira / Aths said…
So glad that you enjoyed Arcadia! I can't wait to check it out.
Sorry I am a bit late stopping by this week, I've been swamped! I hope you have been enjoying Arcadia

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
Athira / Aths said…
Sadly, I had to put Arcadia down for a while, since it wasn't working that well for me.

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