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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…

A look back at February | Month in Review

I tend of think of February as a short unplanned stop in a year's journey. It's the month that takes everything for a toss, the month when you stop following your resolutions or your best-laid plans but then halfway through you want to fix it but it's too late, so now you just wait for March and do a reset. Happens year after year. Even with the leap day this year, or especially because of it, this month felt as if it ran longer than it should have, like when you plan that long vacation expecting every minute to be enjoyed but then the last day comes along and you just want to go home.




It's the month my reading always fails and from all the posts I've read so far, it was no different for many of you. Funnily though, this year around, I read a lot more this February than in any month over the part four years. In a way, February turned out to be a break from normal routine. Or at least it made it possible to squeeze in more reading than I am usually able to.

Read of the month


I still need to post my thoughts on this book, but I've loved it and turns out many of you did too.

The Girl's Favorite


If I got paid for every single time I read this book last month, I'd be pretty rich now. The girl loved this book so much that we were reading it almost every day for a week.

Books finished


Garvey's Choice by Nikki Grimes
Colored by Emilie Plateau
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Read with my kids


Cycle City by Alison Farrell
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Maybe Tomorrow by Charlotte Agell (a really good book about grief)
Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr. (a favorite reread for a few years now)
Shhh! I'm Sleeping by Dorothée de Monfreid (another favorite reread)

Planning for March

Despite how much I read in February, it was a very busy month. A few things changed at work that has increased my workload some and it's going to be some time before that changes. I don't expect March to be any different in that regard, except that I've now gotten into the swing of things. I'm still reading without any major plan to go by, and that works just fine for now. Occasionally, that's a cause for a mild reading rut but beyond that, I'm cool with not knowing what my reading stack looks like. I plan to continue that for March. However, I do have a blogging goal - I'm trying to see how much ahead of the schedule I can get so I'm not always writing the night before. I may not solve this - right now, this is all happening at late night once the kids are in bed but it's not my favorite time to do this because I'm usually way too exhausted. Something sure needs to give, but I'm still thinking through this.

When do you blog and how far in advance are you scheduling your posts? What's your favorite blogging tip with regards to planning or time management?

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