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A library haul after months | Notes from my Reading

Despite so much going on over here between work, house projects, yard work, and just daily living challenges in this pandemic era, I've been able to squeeze in time to read as well, which I'm thankful for, because the news has been abysmal these past few weeks for various reasons and I'm continually worrying about where humanity is headed, even more so than I did before.

A library haul after months...My biggest highlight in books this past week was that the library opened for holds pickup. I'd been checking their website every week to find if next week was going to be the week it opened. So when the notice finally came through last week, I was beyond thrilled. I was also very unsure what books to request from the library since I had gotten very used to reading online. Still, I had a few requested when they called me to schedule a one-hour window for pickup. I did request a ton of books after that though, so I expect a bigger bag this week. 

Some of these are books to rea…

When you are LOST in a book | Weekly Snapshot

I have just spent a bulk of my past 24 waking hours racing through the book Big Little Lies. Gosh, it feels amazing to be so consumed by a book that all you want to do is read it at every small or big opportunity. It was hard putting the book down or not thinking about Madeline, Jane, Celeste, or their terribly convoluted lives when I was supposed to be doing something else.


Last Week

We drove back from Nashville on Monday morning after two full fun days at the Gaylord resort and one morning at the Hermitage, President Jackson's house. The house itself was glorious (and huge!) - we all enjoyed a good amount of history that day. The resort was a feast for the eyes - all those trees and gardens inside the massive building!

On our drive back home, we had couple of hours to kill so we took the kids to the Dinosaur World in Kentucky. That turned out to be a good decision as the kids had a blast and the adults also had fun learning something new.

Currently

This weekend is so far turning out to be a wonderful quiet lull amidst some busy weeks. We've been doing nothing more than the usual boring and routine things that we do most weekends, and that's perfectly fine with me. We've gotten started on a few tasks that needed to be going by now and I've even managed to finally get ahead on work, so by the time Friday rolled around, I was relieved and refreshed as well.

Looking ahead

The husband is leaving on a work trip later this afternoon so I'm gearing up for another week of crazy schedules and potential temper tantrums. We did better than expected the last time he had to travel for a week so I'm hoping that we'll be as lucky this time.

Beyond that, I now have a long list of reviews to write and if I didn't make an attempt soon, then I am probably never going to write them.

Reading

I'm still relishing the awesomeness that was Big Little Lies. A crime, a whodunit, a school setting, parental righteousness, complicated but relatable characters, short and fast chapters - I mean, what's not to like about this book? This isn't the first book that had me turning pages too fast, but it is one of the few that is also so well written that it wasn't just all about the plot.

   


I've been trying to read nonfiction during my lunch hours (or rather the 20 minutes or so that I am actually lunching). Ada Calhoun's Why We Can't Sleep caught my attention a few weeks back when its tagline boasted to be about women's midlife crisis. I'm not too far in to be feeling invested yet. We'll see if I do go back to it this week or if I'll move on to something else. I'm not sure yet.

On the blog

It has been very quiet around here over the past few weeks when work got too busy. I'm not sure how much time I'll have this week but it's hopefully substantial. I don't feel up to starting a new book, being just out of a good one, so I'll try to use that to my advantage.

This Week


Linking with The Sunday Salon at Readerbuzz and The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Reviewer.

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