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In mood for a vacation | Weekly Snapshot

Yet another week has gone by with no end in sight for the pandemic. Being able to distinguish weeks became a challenge months ago, so no surprises there. But the weather is getting colder and winter is coming (hopefully not Martin's winter - we had enough of that this year already). I used to love winter, I used to look forward to it. But for the past few years, it has tended to be a very gloomy season. I'm usually just looking forward to it ending. So, this year, it's going to be harder to get through the season, especially since we are all still mostly at home. Mind you, I don't mind the restrictions as they do have a useful purpose, but wish more people followed them well and that we had done a better job when the weather was warmer to keep the virus at bay so that it didn't have to last this long. But that argument probably won't stick anyways, as many countries are now facing second waves. At the end of the day, we really need a vaccine but I hope that isn…

Finally, a chunkster | The Book Update

Almost halfway through one of the busiest months, I'm surprised that I am still reading something. It helps that when I'm tired, reading is all I really want to do, even if I generally pass out a couple of pages later. This past week, I finished two books, started three books, and even DNF'd one. I started listening to #Girlboss on Monday and even if it was supposed to be a quick listen, I realized that I couldn't bring myself to care much for the story. When the author starts off with a disclaimer that this is not a feminist book, I pretty much sigh with frustration. Maybe it's not a feminist book, but then you don't have to bring it up, you know? I love reading stories about successful women but I don't like it when those successful women try to shy away from the f-word. You can call it whatever you like, but if you don't like the word, don't bring it up at all. Feminism isn't a bad word and it's high time we stopped viewing it as such. Anyways, moving on...

Finished reading


After a few weeks of reading the same book, I finally finished Britt-Marie Was Here. It typically takes me at least two weeks to finish a decent sized book nowadays. Someday, I would like to graduate from these 250-400 page books to meaty chunksters but I worry that I would be reading said chunkster for months. Britt-Marie Was Here was a fun read, as close to quirky awesomeness as A Man Called Ove and better than My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry. Interestingly, this one also had a plethora of philosophical passages, which was a nice touch. As for Saga Vol 6, I wasn't expecting to be able to read it so soon. It was released only last Tuesday and I found that my library got the ebook almost instantly. This is excellent to know because I hope this is true for other comic series volumes too. Saga Vol 6 was just as much fun as the previous volumes (read my review of this series here).

Currently reading


Speaking of chunksters, I am actually reading one at the moment - A Game of Thrones, though we will see for how long. This is my third time starting this book. Yep. The first time, I abandoned after about 20% of the book. (Spoiler: Nothing much had happened in the book by that point.) The second time, I think I read even less - only half that many chapters. This time, I feel a lot more invested - maybe the end of another season of GoT (and a strong one too) has something to do with this. It's going to be another 9(?) months before the TV show comes back and I'm looking to fill it with some GoT fantasy. What I'd really like to do is read another GoT-like series (preferably filled with strong women), so if you have any recommendations, please throw them my way!

In the car, I'm listening to You Are A Badass, after seeing this mentioned on Andi's blog. Yes, self-help again, though truth be told, the chief reason I picked this audiobook was because I was looking for some lifting pep talk. Work is becoming a little too demoralizing lately and I need a little pick-me-up on my drives. The jury is still out on what I think of this one. When I'm not reading A Game of Thrones (one chapter a day), I am thumbing through A Handmaid's Tale. Margaret Atwood is one of the top authors I wish I have already read, so I'm glad to finally get a taste of her writing. I have to say that her books are a little hard to get into though (I had had some trouble with The Blind Assassin in the past), but after about the 20-25% point, I could not put the book down. I had a lot of trouble convincing myself to go to sleep last night.

What's Next?

I am pretty sure these books will keep me occupied for a while, though I may finish A Handmaid's Tale sometime this week. I will likely be looking forward to my pumping sessions so that I can read more of the book. After that, I will be picking up Before the Fall by Noah Hawley or The Yoga of Max's Discontent by Karan Bajaj. I am not very sure I want to read the former - many of the recent reviews have me feeling sure that I will have much the same concerns so we'll see.

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