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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…

On a fantasy kick | The Book Update

Through much of May, books have been taking a backseat. I began to listen (and sing along) to music in the car and chose to aimlessly browse the webs during my usual reading times. I'm not sure what caused the low reading morale then but the reading mojo is back. Been back for a week now, and probably thanks to...

Finished reading

Saga: Read. This. Series. That's all I can say. It is just the kind of fantasy I love (intergalactic) and yet it's not about space at all. Makes sense? It is about earth today and all the virtual boundaries between different races. Of war and a love that threatens to end the war. Of a couple's determination to give the best life possible to their daughter. Oh, I could go on but the short answer is that this is a fabulous series that everyone should read.

Currently reading



Under the Banner of Heaven: The only reason I am reading this book is because it's written by Jon Krakauer, whose Into Thin Air, Into The Wild, and Missoula are top favorites of mine. This one is also well researched but I am not a fan of the subject - religious fundamentalism, in this case of the Mormon flavor. This topic makes me angry and upset - today more than ever - and everyday, I want even less to try and understand it though that might be the only way for people to spot warning signals.

God Help the Child: This is my first Toni Morrison and it's beautiful - both in the writing and in the images it paints. Plot-wise however, there doesn't seem to be much happening yet and I didn't even read the summary so I have no idea what the book is about. Still, that's not bothering me because it's very engrossing.

What's Next?

I had to put ARCs aside for a while because I was getting 'ARC burnout'. However, they are piling up so I will have to make a dent in that stack. Also, since I'm going through a fantasy kick, I've been considering adding a magic book to the pile, maybe A Darker Shade of Magic? Other than that, I'm seriously looking at my stacks, hoping to read more from there, but it could be a while before I get there.

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