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The two week update | Weekly Snapshot

Oh yikes, this once-in-two-week blogging routine better not be a habit. I hope it's just an indication of how busy July can get with planning for a birthday and doing different summer things. Life The girl had her birthday party today with friends from school and she had a fun day! It was nice seeing the kids have fun outside of school and take over the bouncy event place like they knew every corner of it. I was grateful for everyone who were brave enough to come to a party despite recent rises in case count. Thankfully most or all of us were vaccinated so that made the decision-making easier. Now that the party is behind me, I have a ton of things to get back to. I am hoping for a quieter week ahead and a chance to catch up on a few things. Reading I honestly haven't read much in the last two weeks. Well, at least not prose. Instead, I've been reading Marvel Comics. Don't ask. So far, I've read Thor: Son of Asgard and Wolverine's Origin stories. Loved all of th

March Preview | Notes from my Reading

Even if February is the shortest month of the year, it felt way too long to me. Some of it is because we have settled into a routine and work got less busy, so time didn't seem to "fly". But also, my reading slowed somewhat. There were days or rather, lots of days, when I didn't read anything.

March reading plans

I don't have any specific reading goals for March. There are some interesting books coming out next month but nothing that has jumped to the top of my TBR just yet. So I'll look at catching up on some of the books that I've been doing the 'Deliver Later' on in my Overdrive account. Right now, that's these three books - Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters, Artificial Condition by Martha Wells (book #2 in the Murderbot series), and The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen. 

One thing I'd like to do is read a little out of my comfort zone as well. I just started reading a book of poetry this week - If I Tell You The Truth by Jasmin Kaur, which is very moving and beautiful. In the process, I came across a few other recommendations that sound just as good, so I may try to read some of those books. Other than that - there are some challenge prompts in the Read Harder and Reading Women challenges that rarely intersect my usual reading fare. So I'll be on the lookout for some suggestions in those areas as well.

February snapshot

One thing I wanted to be able to do in February was to complete (or abandon) all the books I started in January. This went well - I was finally able to get out of that book pressure. I also had quite a bit of 4- and 5-star reads. The below were my top favorites. Clearly, there was a lot about race and immigration in my reads this past month.

Overall, I read 18 books. I didn't get to as many picture books as I hoped, which is bad news for my kids but I certainly discovered lots of good middle grade fiction and graphic novels/memoirs.

Well, here's hoping for a better March. It's usually in March that my year actually starts. Reality would have sinked in, I re-review all my goals and bail out on things that don't excite me anymore. 

What are your plans for March?