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Happy Ascension Day! Happy Memorial Day! Happy Africa Day! No matter what you are celebrating this weekend (or not), have fun and stay safe!

The Boy Turned TwoThe little guy turned two this week. He sort of understood that it was a special day and that he was the star of the show. He took a lot of pleasure in all the birthday songs that his family sang to him - he also added some of his own tunes to the mix. Honestly, some days it feels so hard to believe that he is not a baby anymore. With my daughter, I felt the passing of each day and her birthdays appeared to be following the Martian calendar - they felt very far apart. But this guy has blazed through the past two years, I almost feel that I've missed months in between. I'm worried that if I pinch myself and blink twice, I may catch him packing for college. Yikes! 
Happy birthday, little guy! May you continue to have fun breaking apart things - whether that's your take-apart truck or your sister's carefully built Leg…

On the Hunt for the Next Audiobook | The Book Update

Last two weeks were somewhat heavy on reading (heavy for me). I've started defaulting to reading whenever I get a few free minutes, rather than browsing through the interwebs or playing WordWhizzle on my phone. I'm hoping that this continues because I desperately want to read 10 other books right now and am just about trying to focus on a couple instead.

Finished reading


Over the past two weeks, I finished two wonderful books. God Help the Child was my first Toni Morrison that I read, plus it crosses off one author from my Summer Reading List. I loved the writing and the bold ideas that Morrison explores in this book but was somewhat underwhelmed by the plot. Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer was more a mixed bag, compared to his other books. There were plenty of chapters that I found very fascinating with much of it making me angry and not very hopeful for humanity. It mainly explores the 1984 murder of Brenda and Erica Lafferty (the latter a 1.5 year old baby) at the hands of two fundamentalist Mormons, who believed God wanted them to commit the murders. Krakauer makes an excellent attempt to explain how these murders came to be while also exploring the Mormon history quite a bit.

Currently reading


I saw this beautiful copy of Notorious RBG sitting on my library shelf and had to borrow it. I have already started thumbing through it but I am not sure if I will be able to actually read it because a lot of my reading nowadays is of ebooks in the dark. However, Britt-Marie Was Here is thankfully an ebook and I'm already halfway through it. It's already becoming a favorite and I love it more than Backman's previous, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry, and almost as much as A Man Called Ove.

What's Next?

I am currently looking for my next audiobook and have no idea what I want to pick. I think I am in the mood for something feminism-related but if not that, I'll probably go for my default favorite genre, which is narrative history, of the Jon Krakauer and Erik Larson variety. I also have a few medical-ish books that I want to read - When Breath Becomes Air, The Gene (by the author of The Emperor of All Maladies), and Being Mortal. The good thing is that I need to spend almost a year's worth of Audible credits because my Audible membership is up for renewal and I need to cancel it so that I can catch up on all the audiobooks that I have to purchase soon.

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