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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

2020: My Year in Books and Reading

2020 has been a decent year in reading over here. In some ways, it was better than the past few years when the amount of time I spent reading had been steadily declining. Constant changes in life and work were major factors then. Of course, 2020 is no stranger to change but luckily, it didn't keep my away from reading, though it may have influenced it significantly. 

A huge chunk of my reading this year came from picture books. I wanted to start tracking them this year since I was reading them with my kids - there were whole months I didn't track any because it did become one more thing to do so my actual count was probably more than what I have tracked. 


Favorite books read in 2020


I love how different these six (plus 2 for the March Trilogy volumes) are though there are some similarities as well among some of these. Middle grade book Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret was my first favorite read of the year and I only wish I had read it as a child. Rage Against the Minivan was filled with delightful, hilarious, and deeply heartfelt essays related to parenting and raising four children.

Homegoing, The Best We Could Do, and March spoke of struggles and the triumph of the human spirit. If anything, they made me more grateful for our families and ancestors who gave up so much just to have a life of dignity. 

And then The Memory Police actually made me appreciate our pandemic year better. It has nothing to do with a pandemic but everything to do with post-apocalyptic lives and what's more important in times of crisis. 

I know many of these are books some of you have read and loved, but if there's a book here that you haven't read, I hope you'll add it (or bump it up) your list.


And then, some bookish stats...

...Stats that mean nothing really but are just fun to build and look at.

95 books read   |   11162 pages read

~4 days per book on average   |   ~44 pages per day on average


I abandoned most of my goals last year because with the pandemic, I decided a free-form reading was certainly needed. Funnily, one plan I did not have for last year was to read more picture books and turns out, it constituted more than 50% of my reading (real numbers are probably higher). That trend will probably continue through to this year but we'll see if I can add in more adult novels as well.

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