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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

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?