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Pandemic-fatigue | Weekly Snapshot

It got busy this week! Lots going on at home, work, and otherwise as well.  Life My daughter's school decided to close on Friday, along with several other schools in the area, with some being closed from Thursday. Not enough staff. The school had been on a mask mandate since the beginning of the pandemic, dropping it only for one week when the pandemic had appeared to have stabilized last year. And yet, they dropped the mandate completely at the beginning of this year, when cases were exponentially rising, only to bring it back again starting next week. I've gone from being very annoyed to angry to feeling fatigue in these first two weeks already. I won't lie - we all mask around here and try to avoid going where we don't have a need to be in, and still, we are not taking anything close to the extreme precaution we all took at the beginning of the pandemic. I cannot and don't want to keep my kids home - I have at least that much faith in the schools' precautions

What's Reading this Week! (Sep 24, 2013)

I didn't realize I had been away from the bloglandia whole weekend. We had some things come up. We bought a new car this weekend, plus I was scrambling to finish Eleanor and Park, for no reason other than the fact that it was so darn good! Rainbow Rowell is becoming my new favorite author!

I also finished David Rakoff's Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish which, I realized belatedly, was written in verse. It didn't work for me. I could see that the poetry was beautiful and the stories profound. But I just didn't mix too well with it - I think that's probably because it was more a literary verse as opposed to being a narrative verse. So for now, it looks like my foray into the verse genre has ended even before I thought it began.

Next in the list
Today, I'm debating on starting A. S. A. Harrison's The Silent Wife. At this point, I'm a little leery of books that have Gone Girl yelling at me from the blurb. It's not fair to the book and the book mostly ends up disappointing, not because Gone Girl was too good (it wasn't, it was a good read.) but because the comparison raises a different kind of expectations. I'm also looking forward to finishing Quarantine by Rahul Mehta, which I've been reading on and off for a while - the short stories are beautiful! I've also been reading Monsters of Men (Patrick Ness' third book of the Chaos Walking trilogy) - a series that's been a lot of fun reading but getting a bit too long for me.

Reviews posted
1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (Ah-mazing!)
2. How to be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman (so-so)

Review Backlog
1. Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by David Rakoff
2. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
3. Can you Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
4. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
5. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
6. The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke
7. The Baby-Sitters Club graphic series by Raina Telgemeier
8. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Comments

I read The Silent Wife. I saw it compared to Gone Girl as well. I ended up thinking of it as a smarter Gone Girl ;)
bermudaonion(Kathy) said…
I love novels in verse but don't think I've ever read one written in literary verse. Enjoy your new car!
Nicole said…
I read both Gone Girl and The Silent Wife. I liked The Silent Wife better, but I also would not compare it to Gone Girl. Besides a dysfunctional marriage, they are different animals.
Athira / Aths said…
I started Silent Wife last night and it is well-written so far. I think I'm enjoying it!
Athira / Aths said…
I've heard of Ellen Hopkins' CRANK and I know even readers afraid of verse enjoyed it a lot, so I'm looking forward to reading that some day, just not now, I guess.
Athira / Aths said…
I'm glad to hear that. I did start Silent Wife last night and it is very well-written so far. I think I'm enjoying it better than I did enjoy Gone Girl. Looking forward to reading more!
Helen Murdoch said…
A new car? What did you get? I have GOT to read Eleanor and Park!
Athira / Aths said…
We got an Acura MDX. We're both loving the feel of having a new car and taking it for rides, just because. :)
Lisa Sheppard said…
I downloaded Eleanore and Park but just don't know when I'm going to find time to read it with everything else I'm committed to.
Athira / Aths said…
I hope you get the time to read it. It's a fabulous read!