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I've recently read a ton of graphic novels and memoirs - some I loved and others not so much but were still a thrill to read. Guts by Raina Telgemeier I am always on the lookout for Raina Telgemeier's comics, so when I found Guts available at my library's Overdrive catalog last year, I had to request it right away. Her comics are always delightful, designed for the middle-grade audience, and written very well. Guts is a continuation of her Smile nonfiction graphic memoir series (see Smile and Sisters ) and recounts a period in her childhood when she experienced IBS for the first time. When Raina wakes up one night with an upset tummy, she just assumes it's a stomach bug as her mom is also showing the same symptoms. But when it doesn't go away soon but is instead influenced by the daily highs and lows of being a middle grader - good friends, not so good ones, and then the bullies, she realizes there's something else going on. If you have not read the previous

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How is it June already? What do we do with all the new year resolutions that were made without accounting for a viral monster that would take over our lifestyles?

Last Week

We are still laying low around here. So it's been work, play, reading, gardening, sleep, and repeat. The girl started a virtual summer camp this week - she enjoyed some aspects of the one-hour sessions (the readalouds and the science experiments) but on the whole, disliked that it was one-way. That has made me even more worried about what Fall school is going to look like, but I'm trying not to think too much about it, at least for another month. 

On Friday, the husband took our boy out for the first time since the shutdown. He (the little one) was super-excited about it and was literally running ahead of my husband to get to the car. Sadly for him, this trip was for his wellness appointment (shots included), so I don't think he enjoyed the whole trip.

Other "-ings" in life

Still not watching anything except Property Brothers. I'm enjoying the extra reading I've been doing so I'm content with the limited distractions.

My daughter has been asking for a while to make ice cream at home. She got the idea from a game on her iPad where you add this ingredient and that ingredient, then give it a whisk, stuff into the freezer - et viola! Ice cream! Obviously, the real thing is not that simple (though not complicated either). But, it's much easier if you have an ice cream maker, which we don't. So last night, we made the base and every 30-45 minutes I've been taking it out of the freezer to give it a whisk. We'll know today whether it will resemble ice cream or frozen slushie.

Today, we (or rather the husband, I'm providing moral support) are building a garden bed to plant our vegetables in. Until last week, I had been planning to use our containers but my father-in-law has convinced me that a garden bed is the way to go. I have a ton of seeds germinating in several ziploc bags via the paper towel method and many are ready to be planted, so that's going to be the bulk of our day today.


This week, I picked up and finished The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. I enjoyed the book - especially the latter half but had a hard time initially because I had not heard about greasers until this week. Yes - I had heard of the Grease movie (never watched it though) but somehow didn't read up much about it to understand this entire subculture. 

Yesterday, I started reading Rep. John Lewis' March books. I had already read the first book a while back but reread again to refresh some of the details. At this point, I'm halfway through the second book and hope to finish the series by tonight. Only recently I finished Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing so having some of that 1000-feet view of how we got here and then reading March has been very overwhelming. In addition, George Floyd's (and many many others') killing and subsequent protests have made me feel as if March is about what's happening today and not just about events from 60 years ago. 

After that, I'm hoping to return to If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha. 

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What are your reading plans for the summer, if you have any?

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