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A New Way of Living | Weekly Snapshot

I don't know about you guys but this has been one of the longest weeks ever. With schools closed and work moved to home, this has been a new way of living. When the changes and shutdowns came just before last weekend, there was no time to really process the information. Within days, life had changed. And then on Monday, I reported to work, from my home, with kids also at home. It was when Friday finally rolled along that I felt the gravity of the situation, how we'll be rarely getting out for weeks, if not for months. How schools were likely going to be closed for months. How work still had to be done remotely or worse, there was no work to do anymore due to layoffs or a shutdown. How there was not going to be any dining in restaurants for months.


That was a very sobering thought. I didn't sleep until 1.30am that night.

How are you all doing? What are some of your tips to keep your sanity on while we get through this very difficult time? Some of you are in places that are …

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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