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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

Book Pairings | Nonfiction November

For this week's Nonfiction November prompt, we are looking at book pairings. Whether you prefer fiction or nonfiction, there's usually a book in the other category that will match your likes. You like crime? No problem. How about history? Yep - there are plenty of choices in fiction and nonfiction. Stories are your thing? Got you covered there as well. 

Julz Reads is hosting the week and she's asking - 


This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together. Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history by reading a nonfiction version of the story.



The first pair are for two books I read this year, regarding the custom of bachaposh. While I didn't love either book as much as I hoped to, they have each received very high reviews from other readers. Plus, they explain the custom of bachaposh very well.



Nadia Hashimi has many followers and The Pearl That Broke Its Shell has many fans. If you have read and loved this book or this author, then you may also enjoy The Underground Girls of Kabul - a nonfiction account of how this custom is followed and perceived within Afghanistan.


Another fan-favorite is Shutter Island. Did you love the movie or the book? I can't recall if I watched the movie or read the book first but they were both creepy and had different endings (if my memory is right), which meant you got creeped out twice. 



But no book creeped me out further than real-life "madhouse" experience in Ten Days in a Madhouse. Go on, pick that book, read it! It's very short, very fast, and will have you look at it in disbelief "was it really that easy to get admitted into an insane asylum?" You'll be wondering about your own sanity (insanity, dare I say?) once you finish this book.


And for my third pairing, which is also the first pair that came to me when writing this post, except I couldn't initially connect them together, until I read my notes on both the books. Remember Gillian Flynn's Dark Places? I don't know about you, but with time, this book feels scarier to me. The idea of late night murders scare the heck out of me, so much, that even the 30-something me gets all worked up if I have to get up in the night and step outside the bedroom. Well, it's not that bad, but the thought of murderers waiting in the shadows always cross my mind. 



You want to know of a real-life late-night murder story? Read Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. I made the mistake of listening to this book on audio, which meant I cannot read the words with my eyes half-closed. Nop, I had to listen to every word without skipping. Brr, the shivers! 


Have you read any of these books? What nonfiction book would you recommend to me?

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