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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

Throwing my hat into the ring (or, rather, joining Bout of Books readathon)

Bout of Books

After much consideration, browsing (and snooping) through other bloggers' posts, and loving the idea of this event, I've decided to take part in the Bout of Books readathon. I've seen this event mentioned many times in the blogosphere, but have never been a part of it before. Now is probably a good time to do it. My reading has considerably slowed down, my trysts around the online book world has reduced, and I find myself often wondering what happened to my dedicated reading hours. It took finishing an amazing book in four hours to make me want to do this. Bout of Books starts today and runs all the way to the 18th. It will be great to be able to just read and rediscover all the thrills it brings with it.

So here are my goals for the week:

1. Find at least two hours every day when I can just read. I need to get away from online and TV distractions as much as I can. I also need to not read unless I will get a good amount of undistracted time with the book. My enjoyment of the book tends to suffer when I am reading a sentence here or there and doing something else.

2. Finish at least two books. Try to aim for a third as well.

3. Keep my reading as diverse as possible. I need to stick to the goals of my Armchair Reading Project.



As far as books go, I am mostly going to read what I am in mood for but I do have four books I am hoping to get to.

1. Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine
2. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
3. The People of Forever are not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu
4. We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

Comments

Glad you're joining in! I've always wanted to read Delusions of Gender, so I'm happy to see someone picking it up :)
bermudaonion(Kathy) said…
Good luck, Aths!
Christina T said…
I am thinking of joining the read-a-thon too. I have participated in Bout of Books a few times in the past and I missed the recent 24 hour read-a-thon. This is much more manageable since it goes all week long.


I have heard good things about We Need New Names and The People of Forever are not Afraid. I loved The Joy Luck Club and the movie is a favorite.
Vasilly said…
I love the look of your stack! Good luck!
Sam_TinyLibrary said…
Yay, you decided to join in :)
I'm reading We Need New Names too, just started it today and so far it's very good. I also really enjoyed People of Forever, so you have some great reading ahead of you this week!
Athira / Aths said…
I just started reading it and it is intriguing so far!
Athira / Aths said…
Thank you, Kathy! :-)
Athira / Aths said…
I like the low-pressure aspect of the weeklong readathons too! I feel like it's much more motivating.
Athira / Aths said…
So glad to hear that you liked it! I started with Delusions of Gender. I may start with We Need New Names next.
literaryfeline said…
I think your goals are very reasonable! Good luck with the readathon! I missed hearing about this until late and so am not participating, but I figure I can unofficially join in by trying to make more time for my reading.


I really enjoyed The Joy Luck Club when I read it and hope you will too. Delusions of Gender sounds like an interesting read. I don't read a lot of nonfiction, but the subject matter interests me so I might pick it up if it's good.
Kim Ukura said…
Good luck with the Bout of Books, it always sounds so fun! I hope you find alot of time to read from your pile.
Care said…
Let me know when you finish Delusions of Gender - I am reading it, too!
Athira / Aths said…
Delusions of Gender is intriguing so far. But it's hard to read it at one go, so I have to put the book down once in a while. I did not read as much as I hoped to during the readathon but it was still fairly good.
Athira / Aths said…
Thanks! I didn't do as well as I wished I did, but it was still good enough.
Athira / Aths said…
So far it's good, but I'm reading it slow - it's hard to read too much of it at one go.