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Pandemic-fatigue | Weekly Snapshot

It got busy this week! Lots going on at home, work, and otherwise as well.  Life My daughter's school decided to close on Friday, along with several other schools in the area, with some being closed from Thursday. Not enough staff. The school had been on a mask mandate since the beginning of the pandemic, dropping it only for one week when the pandemic had appeared to have stabilized last year. And yet, they dropped the mandate completely at the beginning of this year, when cases were exponentially rising, only to bring it back again starting next week. I've gone from being very annoyed to angry to feeling fatigue in these first two weeks already. I won't lie - we all mask around here and try to avoid going where we don't have a need to be in, and still, we are not taking anything close to the extreme precaution we all took at the beginning of the pandemic. I cannot and don't want to keep my kids home - I have at least that much faith in the schools' precautions

Give me a nice spooky book | The Book Update

I seem to be going through phases of a lot of reading/blogging followed by radio silence. Right now, I may be seeing the start of a reading/blogging phase because things have calmed down somewhat at work and we have plenty of leftovers to tide us through this week so my evenings can be chore-less too. Of course, now that I have gone and said that, something is bound to come up.

Finished reading


Sh*tty Mom by Mary Ann Zoellner: I was looking for a fun read with this one and I got just that. See my review for more.

Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero: Oh, where do I start with this one. I loved loved this book. There's so much going on in it but in a real-life way. There is a lot about teen pregnancies and drug addiction, but also plenty about being Mexican & American, writing poetry, and wanting to go to college. This is a must-pick!

The Trouble with Women by Jacky Fleming: This is a quick but very relevant book that I picked on NetGalley. It takes a very satirical look at how men have explained away the lack of women in science (small brains, lack of talent, etc). It was funny but also scary because it's all true.

Currently reading


Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly: My original plan was to read Ian McEwan's Amsterdam, but at the moment I was going to start my next read (after Gabi), I was too lazy to walk two rooms over and pick Amsterdam, so I started reading Ten Days in a Mad-House instead on my phone - a decision I am super glad for because this book, you guys! It's addicting and very hard to put down. I find it hard to believe that it's not fiction. It's also very short (just over a 100 pages), so I am hoping to finish it soon.

Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff: I started reading this one two weeks ago but haven't been feeling much like "comfort read mood" so I may not be going back to this one yet. Plus, the formatting isn't great on the Kindle - something that bums me a lot.

What's Next?

  1. Amsterdam readalong with JoAnn and maybe Care? I haven't read any book by McEwan and I have to say that I am very intrigued that some love his books and some hate them with a passion. I have to know which camp I will be in.
  2. I am officially looking for a spooky book recommendation for next month! I don't usually read spooky books and want to correct that. I have Stephen King on my list but his books will take me months to get through. So if he has a short and standalone book that you know of and will recommend, please let me know. I also have Shirley Jackson on my list and want to read one of her books. Who else would you recommend?

What are you reading?

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