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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

Happy New Year! My First Book of 2020

Happy New Year! Blogging after a long break sure feels very refreshing (and almost without expectations, which is a great feeling to have). I'm still working through my comeback post but in the meantime, I've been debating which book to start the year with.

For the past week or so, I've been reading V. E. Schwab's A Darker Shade of Magic. As engrossing as this book is, it isn't a fast read (yet). So I found myself yearning for a break after nearly falling asleep while reading it (to be fair, it was past my bedtime). Usually if I'm reading a book like that, I like to pair it with a fast-paced nonfiction book. But for some reason, I was struggling to find the right one.

In the past, I didn't care much for the first or last book I read in a year. The year end/beginning weeks were usually busy and I'd always been acutely aware of the tall stack of books waiting to be read. However, being on a blogging break did wonders to my TBR - it wiped it out empty. Nada, zilch. Of course, I'm speaking figuratively. I still have 1000-odd books tagged as 'Want-to-read' in Goodreads. But strangely enough, they don't mean much anymore. It feels like starting from scratch and that feeling is bliss.

So when I came across Michelle Obama's Becoming in many 2019 Best Of lists, it felt like the right book to pick. After all, I had read (and enjoyed) a couple of chapters when the book first came out. I'm sure life happened which is why I didn't finish it then. I'm positive I even bought a copy but can't find it anymore, so I'm reading a library copy. (I'll vent my annoyance in another post, of owning a book yet still having to borrow a copy.)

And so, here's the book I'm choosing to welcome 2020 with.

Becoming


What is your first book of the year 2020, whether intentional or otherwise?  

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