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Indulging in lots of different things | Weekly Snapshot

For whatever reason, it's been somewhat busy the past couple of weeks. I'm actually not sure where the past two weeks went but judging from the blank my memory is drawing, they were either boring or routine. 
LifeAlong with the majority of the country, the case count in my area is going up. It does feel as if everyone is now in fatigue and letting their guard down. It's not easy to live like this even for a few months and here we are at the end of the year and things are getting out of control. We're continuing to try to stay mostly indoors and socially distance when with company. I'm encouraged that the schools in the area have been able to keep the case trend at extremely low levels. My daughter's school has not had any cases so I'm considering sending her and my son to school/daycare during Spring. But with the rising cases, it feels difficult to take that step.
Not looking forward toWe're getting to the point where all my appointments are due soon. I …

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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