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2021 Reading Goals and Plans

I usually wait until mid to late January before posting my reading plans or goals. Mainly because I'm very optimistic about my superhuman capabilities during the start of a new year but much of that enthusiasm fades over the next couple of weeks. I tend to believe I can read more than ever but reality is usually closer to how much I averaged in previous years. So, to allow myself the opportunity to dream big and then plan well, I take the ambitious goals for a road test during the first couple of weeks of the year. If they still look achievable, great! If not, I will part ways with those that are a stretch.  The numbers I have an arbitrary number set in Goodreads for this year but it's not a number I will quote as I tend to change it often and it is intended to factor in the many picture books I read with my kids. But that said, there are three numbers I would like to improve this year (last year's stats in parentheses) - total number of pages read (approx. 11k), average n

It's Already February | Weekly Snapshot

Happy February! Can you believe 2020 is already a month old? So far, this year has been off to a good start. Other than the fact that there has been been illness after another sweeping through our home and many homes in the area, it's been mostly positive.


Currently

I'm late getting this post up today - between a work emergency yesterday and a mild vertigo recurrence last night, I called it an early night. Although the vertigo isn't fully gone yet, it's manageable as long as I can stay put without moving around much. The girl has just gone for her swimming class and the boy is serenading to nursery rhymes, so I'm stopping by real quick before the day gets busy again.

Looking ahead

February means Valentine's Day projects at my daughter's preschool and President's Day weekend. It's been a long winter so far - other than a trip to Boston at the end of November, we haven't traveled outside our town. With the kids just coming out of cold/cough/flu/some annoying illness #3 since the start of winter, we aren't making any travel plans that require any kind of advance reservations or payments. So, assuming we're all healthy and able, we may make a small road trip out of that long weekend. Not sure where yet but it will likely be very short notice.

This week, I don't have much going on and I hope it stays that way so that I can focus my energy on internal projects or do more reading than in previous weeks.

Reading

I'm continuing book hopping trying to find the right book or books that I'll come back to after one reading session. Although My Brilliant Friend was a good read, I just didn't feel up to coming back to it the next day so I've put it aside for now. I know I'll be reading it again once I've got a good reading spree going. This week, I started reading Ali Wong's Dear Girls. It was just the kind of book (fast-paced essays with a hilarious take on personal events) I was looking for. It won't make my favorite books list but it's definitely engaging and fun to read. I laughed at way too many passages - this lady sure isn't afraid of sharing the most private details (and by that, I'm referring to body humor).

Last night, while browsing through hoopla, I came across Colored: The Unsung Life of Claudette Colvin. A few months before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, teenager Claudette refused to do the same. However, due to various circumstances, her story would not on be the face of the Civil Rights movement and it was going to years before she would get any recognition for her brave actions.

  

Watching

Nothing new here - The Mentalist continues to keep me occupied most nights before my eyes shut. I did read more this week than watch TV so that's a welcome change.

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