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Some 'firsts' in this new-normal world | Weekly Snapshot

I almost didn't make it here today! It's been an insanely busy week that's going to continue into today. Life This week has been a combination of busy at work and busy at home. The kids did not have school on Monday, which is also typically my busiest day at work. So when Monday ended, I felt as if I sucked at both life and work. The rest of the week was better - at least I was able to keep work and life separate.  This weekend just happens to be one of those when I have so much to do - thanks to the many tasks and chores deferred from previous days/weekends. We were getting quotes for some home improvement projects, had to start prepping rooms for my parents' arrival next month (mainly because I still haven't moved my daughter's online school materials out of the room from the Fall school year), and do lots of seasonal shopping. If it weren't going to be constantly raining this entire weekend, I would be prepping my garden beds as well, but now that needs t

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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