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A library haul after months | Notes from my Reading

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…

Two Books I May Not Have Read | BBAW Day 2

The ladies behind BBAW have certainly outdone themselves. First they asked us to introduce ourselves through the books we read, and if that wasn't challenging enough, they want to know about the books I have loved thanks to a blogger. I mean, what book haven't I loved thanks to a blogger recommendation? Talk about having our work cut out for us.

After much deliberation, and I say that with an over-expressive gesture, I want to spotlight two books that I have read and loved due to blogger recommendations. No specific blogger was individually responsible for me reading these two books, rather the entire community came together to recommend them.


Day 2: What have you read and loved because of a fellow blogger?



  1. Kindred by Octavia Butler: I may have had Kindred on my TBR for a long time but I wasn't exactly clamoring to read it. I hadn't bothered to read what the plot was about but I knew it was historical fiction - something I didn't read much of. The land of the book blogs, however, was hugely in love with this book. Everyone I followed had recommended it, multiple times. But it was still going to be years before I cracked it open and by then, I sorely regretted not reading it sooner.

  2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes: This one was an oddity. When it was released, I must have read 1-2 reviews about it each week. But I was having serious doubts about it just because of the cover. However, I had thought the same about Where'd You Go, Bernadette, which had a non-serious looking cover and I loved it anyway. So I got my copy from the library, plonked down, and started reading... only to bail out after two pages. I hated that first chapter (or prologue, whatever it was). But the buzz around the book refused to die and I resigned myself to being the Grinch in a sea of fans. Months later, I got a copy from Audible, still eager to be a part of the story but not wanting to read it. (I was still convinced that I wasn't the target audience for the book.) This time however, I couldn't put the book down. Several hours of listening later, the book had soared to the top of my favorites list.


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